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ESOTOURIC TOURS PRESENT: Leo Politi Loves Los Angeles Bus Tour

November 18, 2023

Saturday, November 18th, 2023

Esotouric invites you to attend a special all-day tour that celebrates the life, work and passions of acclaimed author and illustrator Leo Politi (1908-1996) through visits to time capsule locations that figure in his remarkable Los Angeles story. This tour is also a rolling birthday celebration for Esotouric’s Richard Schave, which means we’re pulling out all the stops to make it an experience that will blow your mind.

The tour will begin at Grand Central Market in Downtown Los Angeles, across the street from Politi’s beloved Angels Flight Railway funicular and the redeveloped Bunker Hill that replaced his lost Victorian neighborhood. We’ll visit Olvera Street and the Plaza, to see the place where he found inspiration and gained fame, returning years later to paint a mural of the Blessing of the Animals. We’ll visit the colorful plazas of New Chinatown, see the Victorian mansions that survive atop Angeleno Heights—including Politi’s own residence—and swing out to South Pasadena’s library, where an original Politi mural and a very personal sculpture welcome children to lose themselves in books. Back Downtown, Central Library’s special collections department is graciously bringing out some of the paintings that Politi donated to the people of Los Angeles after completing his book “Bunker Hill Los Angeles: Reminiscences of Bygone Days.” Join us as we get to know his beloved city through vintage photos and the drawings, paintings and writings of our guiding star, Leo Politi.

Tour begins at 10:30am sharp, with check-in time 10am at the Maple Block patio outside Grand Central Market at 324 S Hill St, Los Angeles, CA 90013. Please arrive on time and proceed to the check in table to get signed in and logged in to the smartphone slideshow.

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