Homeward Bound

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Union Station Information
Los Angeles CA

I tell you, I’ve got a serious travel bug right about now. I always hated the traffic in L. A. whenever we’ve ventured out that way, but we spent a week there house sitting and had the best time ever. So much to see and do. So we’re going out locally today for one of our “spont” trips. Meanwhile, Lynn is researching some places for us to go to with her sister and her husband the first week of May. Right now it looks like Zion and possibly Antelope Canyon. Then I have a trip to Minnesota the end of May to visit more family. Anyway…

I’ve always had a fascination with train travel. I’ve gone cross country- back and forth- twice in the past and really enjoy it, though It’s longer and costs a lot more money than flying. So it was a natural choice for me to visit LA’s Union Station when we were there two weeks ago. I couldn’t get an angle from the outside that I liked so concentrated on the inside.

Waiting Room
Union Station

The place is considerably smaller than New York’s Penn Station or Chicago’s Union Station. But no less interesting.

More Information at
Union Station

And did you know LA has a subway system? I thought that would have been impossible, what with all the faults and earthquakes running through there. But somebody must have been a good salesperson and sold them on the idea.

Los Angeles Metro Rail
Under Union Station

OK, I might as well give you one exterior shot. But this is not the Station itself. It is an office building across from the Union Station Plaza.

Office Building
Union Station Plaza

And yes, the title of his post is borrowed from Paul Simon’s song of the same name. I can’t help but hum that song to myself whenever I’m in a railway station.

Homeward bound,
I wish I was homeward bound,
Home where my thought’s escaping,
Home where my music’s playing,
Home where my love lies waiting silently for me.

Happy Sunday, everyone!

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34 thoughts on “Homeward Bound

    1. Can’t wait to go back. I’m giving one of my photos, matted and framed, as a thank you gift for letting us house sit and as soon as I get it back, we’re going for another visit- invited or not.

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  1. Beautiful shots of Union Station! The place is a gem and your shots are terrific. Glad you had a good time and appreciated what LA has to offer. It is often depicted as a shallow, uncultured place, and we know that isn’t true.

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    1. Thanks, Janet. I’m glad, too. Last time we were there, I swore it would be the last time i drove there due to the traffic. But now I’m looking forward to going again. Glad to hear you had some fun in California, too. Yosemite is beautiful.

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      1. Yosemite is a gem, that’s for sure. Fortunately, when I was in Pasadena, my daughter did all the driving. 🙂 I like to drive, but traffic there is such a pain. We managed to avoid anything really bad, which was a blessing.

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  2. These are gorgeous images Emilio 😀 Train travel has always fascinated me also. Imagine what it must have been like traveling back in the golden age of rail ? Riding in one of those luxury cars must have been great. You would love Grand Central Terminal also. It was lovingly restored to its former glory some years ago and it is gorgeous. Homeward bound is a natural for train travel it’s one of my favorites also.

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    1. The two times I traveled by train from NY to Las Vegas (actually, Needles CA as there is no train station in LV) the trains departed from Penn Station, which is almost as bad as an airport. The first time I had a single room with a bathroom down the corridor of the car. The next time, they screwed up and had to upgrade me into a luxury suite. Still cramped, but with a private toilet and shower. What a life. I love it.

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  3. I love these shots, especially the station interiors. They really capture that sort of old-world feel of train travel. Or maybe I’m just hopelessly nostalgic. Either way; I enjoyed the post 🙂

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  4. Wonderful images- it looks so quiet compared to Penn Station and far nicer! Traveling by train is something that does appeal to me, seeing as I have no intention of flying, and long drives are not for me either. The sleeping part is what concerns me-is it comfortable or gross? 🙂

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    1. The sleeping is the expensive part if you want privacy and the ability to lie flat. The rooms, cabins, whatever you call them, are very comfortable, though tight. If you ride coach, you get to sleep in the regular seat, which is better padded and roomier than an airplane seat, but no privacy at all.

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  5. Didn’t you have a great time in that train station! I love travelling by train ..especially a distance. You see so much. These are wonderful images .. I just love the tone, movie stuff! I never knew there was an underground there either 😃

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    1. I lived there for about 20 years and never knew there was a subway. Granted, it might be pretty new. Yes, I love train stations. Except for Penn Station in New York, they have always seemed warm and inviting- unlike airports.

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