We headed out for downtown Los Angeles on Friday despite the fact that the weather did not seem too promising. We rode the Metro downtown and walked about eight blocks.The weather was rather nasty with a cool wind, and a very heavy downpour. But it was fun walking the downtown streets, taking in the sights and a sounds of a big city. It was lunchtime so the smells were not all that bad either. We stopped in the historic Bradbury office building. It was built in 1893 and has a reputation of being one of Los Angeles' most prestigious office buildings. The center court is filled with natural light falling from the glass roof five stories up. Offices open onto the balconies surrounding the court. The entire area is covered with ornately designed railings of wrought iron giving the illusion of hanging vegetation. Two open cage elevators rise toward the roof. Quite a beautiful place to work! We finally arrived at the Disney Center, only to discover that the last tour of the day was in progress. Fortunately we were able to join the group. Back we went out again in the rain while the tour guide explained the architectural features of the building. The outside of the building is all curves and angles. The stainless steels panels have some give to them to withstand earthquakes. Our guide claimed that the building is the safest place in Los Angeles to be during an earthquake.