Sunshine Girls Walking Tour of DTLA

 

Thank you to Jennifer Faust for spending the day with me exploring Downtown Los Angeles! Enjoy the video:

Jennifer and I worked on cruise ships and traveled around the world. During the COVID, great pause, we have both been in California and this was our first adventure outside together. We wandered around Downtown Los Angeles and walked six miles. We ate at Grand Central Market and browsed in the Last Book Store. We cannot wait to go back to go inside all of the museums we saw.

My favorite thing was seeing the part of the Berlin Wall which is now in Los Angeles. I remember being in Eastern Europe in 1988 and crossing from the EAST to the WEST when they literally took the train apart to make sure no one was hiding to enter the west.

I am glad that there are more opportunities to be together safely now here in California. Enjoy our Sunshine Girl Walking Tour! When we sailed from San Francisco to Asia on a World War II cruise, we had all cloudy weather and called ourselves the Sunshine Girls as we searching for more sunny days.

Where did we go?

Union Station

Olvera Street

LA PLAZA DE CULTURA Y ARTES 

A 12-foot segment of one of the most infamous walls ever constructed is now in Downtown Los Angeles. A 2.7-ton piece of the Berlin Wallis on display at LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes, the Mexican-American history and culture-focused museum at 501 N. Main St. The segment, called the “Wall Against Walls,” was originally sent by a Berlin-based nonprofit to President Donald Trump in November, for the 30th anniversary of the tearing down of the barrier, but the administration refused. A letter specifically addressed to Trump was written on the side talking about the United States’ support for tearing down the wall. The piece was installed at the museum Feb. 7, 2020.

UNITED STATES COURTHOUSE

CITY HALL

Los Angeles Times former building

Grand Central Market

Angels Flight

THE BRADBURY BUILDING

THE LAST BOOK STORE

MILLENNIUM BILTMORE HOTEL

CATHEDRAL OF OUR LADY OF ANGELS

MOCA: MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART

THE BROAD MUSEUM

WALT DISNEY CONCERT HALL

GRAND PARK

Back to UNION STATION

Jen’s iPhone said we walked 6.2miles and over 15,000 steps around Los Angeles! Photos and videos by Lisa Niver on #iPhone12ProMax!

Map of our day on Traveller’s Point:

Jennifer and I worked together on cruise ships! Learn more about her in this interview:

Lisa Ellen Niver

Lisa Ellen Niver is an award-winning travel expert who has explored 102 countries and six continents. A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, she worked on cruise ships for seven years and backpacked for three years in Asia. She is the founder of the website WeSaidGoTravel which is read in 235 countries and was named #3 on Rise Global’s top 1,000 Travel Blogs. Niver is represented by Chip MacGregor of MacGregor Literary, Inc. With more than 150,000 followers across social media, she has hosted Facebook Live for USA Today 10best, is verified on Twitter and listed on IMDb, and is the Social Media Manager for the Los Angeles Press Club. You can find Lisa Niver talking travel on broadcast television at KTLA TV Los Angeles, Satellite Media Tours, The Jet Set TV and Orbitz travel webisodes as well as her YouTube channel, where her WeSaidGoTravel videos have over 1.6 million views. After three months on TikTok, Instagram Reels, Facebook Reels and YouTube Shorts, she had over 500,000 (1/2 million) views. As a journalist, Niver has interviewed Deepak Chopra, Olympic medalists, and numerous bestselling authors and been invited to both the Oscars and the United Nations. She has been a judge for the Gracie Awards for the Alliance of Women in Media, and has run 15 travel competitions on her website, publishing over 2,500 writers and photographers from 75 countries. For her print and digital stories as well as her television segments, she has been awarded three Southern California Journalism Awards and two National Arts and Entertainment Journalism Awards and been a finalist twenty times.   Niver has published more than 2000 articles, in more than three dozen magazines and journals including National Geographic, Wired, Teen Vogue, HuffPost Personal, POPSUGAR, Ms. Magazine, Luxury Magazine, Smithsonian, Sierra Club, Saturday Evening Post, AARP, AAA Explorer Magazine, American Airways, Delta Sky, enRoute (Air Canada), Hemispheres, Jewish Journal, Myanmar Times, BuzzFeed, Robb Report, Scuba Diver Life, Ski Utah, Trivago, Undomesticated, USA Today, TODAY, Wharton Magazine, and Yahoo. Awards National Arts and Entertainment Journalism Awards 2021 Winner: Book Critic: Ms. Magazine “Untamed: Brave Means Living From the Inside Out” 2019 Winner: Soft News Feature for Film/TV: KTLA TV “Oscars Countdown to Gold with Lisa Niver” 2019 Finalist for: Soft News, Business/Music/Tech/Art Southern California Journalism Awards 2022 Finalist: Book Criticism 2021 Winner: Technology Reporting 2021 Finalist: Book Criticism 2020 Winner: Print Magazine Feature: Hemispheres Magazine, “Painter by the Numbers, Rembrandt” 2020 Finalist: Online Journalist of the Year, Activism Journalism, Educational Reporting, Broadcast Lifestyle Feature 2019 Finalist: Broadcast Television Lifestyle Segment for “Ogden Ski Getaway” 2018 Finalist: Science/Technology Reporting, Travel Reporting, Personality Profile 2017 Winner: Print Column “A Journey to Freedom over Three Passovers” Social Media Presence YouTube Channel: We Said Go Travel (1.6 million views) Short form video:TikTok, Instagram Reels, Facebook Reels, YouTube Shorts Twitter: lisaniver (90,000 followers) Instagram: lisaniver (24,000 followers) Pinterest: We Said Go Travel (20,000 followers and over 70,000 monthly views) Facebook: lisa.niver (5,000 followers); We Said Go Travel (3,000 followers) LinkedIn: lisaellenniver (9000 contacts)

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