Hi Steemit friends, hope you all doing good today. Lately, I have been sharing some places in Hong Kong. Thank you for all your support. Living in the U.S for almost five years, I had been traveling to many places in East and West Coasts. Encouraged by my friend, I decided to start a series to share my travel experience in the U.S with you. I hope you will like it. Today, I would like to explore lalaland with you.
Before heading to the Last Bookstore, my friends and I planned to visit a cafe, Urth Caffe. Locating in the art district, you will find this popular restaurant with plenty outdoor seating with white and green vintage decor. What I love here is the vibes, it's very chill that you can read you favourite book or have a casual lunch with friends. And of course, their quality food and coffee is another reason to keep me coming back. This time I ordered a cup of Mocha and a fruit tart.
1. Urth Caffe
Mocha and fruit tart
After the afternoon tea, we walked around in the art district. We are delighted and amazed by walking in this district, many epic sizes graffiti can be found in this area.
2. Art District
The Global Angel Wings Project created by artist Colette Miler to remind people that we all can be "Angels of the Earth" to show love and kindness to others.
This is my favourite graffiti of this visit, a girl holding a LA hand gesture
Signs collection at the entrance of The Arts District Co-Op located in art district.
位於Art district Co-op入口處的裝飾牆，放滿了很多舊標誌。
In this Co-op, different designers sell their own designs in a wide variety categories includes fashion accessories, jewellery, clothing and watches etc... It's reminds me of the PMQ in Hong Kong that I shared in the previous post.
在這個Art District Co-op，不同的設計師銷售自己的作品，所以作品種類很多元化，由衣服到飾品，和家具擺設都可以在這邊找到。有沒有一點似曾相識？跟我之前介紹的PMQ 是不是有點像？
After 10 minutes drive, we reached to our next destination, The Last Bookstore. Maybe you will say what special about this bookstore that worth visiting? I guess you will change your mind after I introduce it to you. Located in the Spring Art Tower, it's the largest new and used book and record store in California with a collection of 250,000 NEW and USED books. If you are looking for some rare book or vintage record that couldn't find in other places, this is the place you want to search. The Last Bookstore is truly a hidden gem embedded in the city that Flavourwire mentioned it as one of the "20 Most Beautiful Bookstores in the World". With the mission of "keep the paper and ink bookstore alive in an era of e-readers and digital downloads", The Last Bookstore continues buy and resell old books and decorate their store with the old books that could not be resell. These decorations are on the second floor and make this bookstore very unique. Another thing is most of the old books on the second floor is selling for $1 USD only. Their self-deprecating slogan is"WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR, WE WON"T BE HERE FOREVER." to encourage people visit their store before it shut down. What are you wait for, my friends?
去過LA 市中心的藝術區後，下一站想帶大家去我很喜歡的書店—The Last Bookstore（最後的書店）。也許你會說，書店有什麼好看的？如果我跟你說這是被稱為世界上最美麗的20間書店之一，它會令你改變對書店固有的印象，你會有興趣嗎？它是南加州目前最大的黑膠唱片和新舊書銷售的書店，收藏了25萬本不同的新舊書。店主希望在這個實體書店逐漸被電子書和網絡銷售商取代的時代，保留這最後一間書店，堅持買賣，轉售新舊書和舊唱片，這種堅持感動了很多閱讀和黑膠唱片愛好者。另外二樓獨特的書本裝飾也吸引了很多遊客到訪留影。
3. The Last Bookstore
Overlook of the first floor of The Last Bookstore
The tunnel of books on the second floor
The Rainbow collection of books. Most of the books are just $1 on the second floor,.
A bookcase featuring flying books created by artist David Lovejoy. The setup makes me think of Harry Potter Movie
Contemporary art pieces in the art gallery on the second floor
4. Urban Light
Ending our night by visiting this impressive sculpture, _Urban Light_created by artist Chris Burden. It's located at the entrance of Los Angeles County Museum of Art. This art piece consists of 202 grey painted vintage lampposts from the 1920s and 1930s. Have you recognised this location? The Director used this location for a scene in his film "No Strings Attached". It's impressive when all the lights switch on at night.
今天最後想介紹這個位於洛杉磯郡藝術館入口處的藝術品。藝術家Chris Burden以202支17種不同樣式的舊式燈柱排列成的裝置藝術。這些燈柱是1920s-1930s年代在南加州的街道上為市民服務，Chris Burden從收集古董的人那裡購買，漆上鐵灰色，就是現在大家看到的這個藝術品。大家有似曾相識的感覺嗎？如果你有看過No Strings Attached,大概會發現這是其中一個拍攝場景。當所有燈都亮起，Urban Light在漆黑的夜晚，為這坐城市增添了不少溫暖和色彩。
I think I will stop here. Hope you enjoy this post today!