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Sunday Funday | Echo Park’s Lotus Festival

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Sunday sometimes gets a bad rap for it’s closeness to Monday. Sunday is one of my favorite days of the week. I love the low-key savoring of weekend activities. The fun always seems to start earlier in the day, there’s usually delicious food and great company, and then you’re in bed before anything too crazy can happen. This Sunday I attended Echo Park’s 36th annual Lotus Festival with my aunt and uncle and my pseudo niece (when you and your cousin are both only children, you change titles). I had never seen a tall lotus before (first and third picture), I might be changing my favorite flower.. Please don’t let the zinnias or peonies know. I wish I had brought my Canon, but these iPhone pictures will just have to do. The festival also had all kinds of vendors, as well as live music. Petra and I went for a paddle boat ride around the lake, which was way more work than I was planning to do, but it was a great view. I think one of my favorite things about LA is going to be all the little weekend festivities!

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Geronimo Balloons |Location: LA

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Welcome to the first installation of whatever I’m calling this series..I’m thinking Location: LA. Naming things is not my strong suit. There are obviously a million cool things to do and see in LA, maybe even more than a million. While Griffith Park, Venice Beach, and the LAMAC are all amazing (although I don’t actually know as I’ve only been to one of the three), I want to share things that you might not see unless you know where to look. My hope is this will be a sort of alternative tour guide to LA, a glimpse at some of the coolest and best kept secrets LA has to offer.

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First up is Geronimo Balloons. Located in Echo Park, this is the studio of artist and balloon expert Jihan Zencirli. While I attempted to contact Zencirli, I didn’t receive a response back, so you will have to accepted my paraphrased information from her website. She began creating party decor sometime around 2011. After much praise, she started her own company, Geronimo Balloons. Her creations of ballooons, tassels, party hats, confetti and more have been recognized world wide, and people have totally copied her work a bunch of times.. I mean, who wouldn’t at least try?

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I have followed Geronimo Balloons on Instagram for quite sometime, and since then have seen that they occasionally balloon bomb there studio or various other places in LA. I couldn’t wait to see on these amazing installations for myself. So, to my delight, just a few days after my arrival in LA, the Geronimo studio was covered in balloons! I made a plan to go visit the following day.

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From my current residence in Silver Lake, I took off down Sunset, then took a left on Echo Park Boulevard until I saw the balloons! After a little longer walk than I expected, I found the studio in the 1900 block. The sight was so beautiful and I couldn’t help but smile the whole time. I wish my pictures could do it justice (would have been easier if there were no cars!). Follow Geronimo Balloons on Instagram to find out when you should pop by the studio to see Zencirli’s balloon-iful work!

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