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Venice Beach – Santa Monica Pier

22 Aug

On our second day in L.A. we headed to Venice Beach for breakfast.

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Venice Beach wasn’t exactly what I had envisaged.

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It was souveniry type shops on one side and the beach on the other.

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My brother told me that Venice Beach is more about the interesting people than the venue itself.

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Well there were certainly a lot of colourful characters about.

Sadly there was also a lot of homeless people sleeping along the path.

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We didn’t see any body builders but we saw their gyms along the way.  Venice Beach is supposedly well know for these body builders who enjoy the attention of the passing public.

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And if you had certain medicinal needs, you could have them taken care of at numerous places along the beach.  🙂

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No cash on you.  Never fear there are a LOT of ATMs along Venice Beach.

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Most stores had their own ATM machines right alongside the merchandise.

Check out this one.  It’s on wheels even!

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There were dozens of t-shirt shops along the way.  We amused ourselves reading many of them.

My family felt I needed this shirt.

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My wise brother, in his infinite wisdom, decided that we should walk to Santa Monica Pier.

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He assured us it was a short walk.

Never believe your brother!

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The beach was so different to our Gold Coast beaches.  So flat and empty and a lot more sand.

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No flags to swim between either but several lifeguard towers, just like the ones on Baywatch.  🙂

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Oh and we don’t have tsunami signs on our beaches either.  Maybe we should but they aren’t really comforting.

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Two thirds of the way through our walk the pier finally came into view….in the distance.

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See the horizon in this photo.

Well we walked from that horizon to the foreground.

“A short walk,” says my brother!

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The kids – big and small – amused themselves by walking along the raised borders.  It entertained us for a while.

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We finally made it to Santa Monica Pier…barely alive.

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It’s pretty much just a mini amusement park on a pier.

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I wasn’t quite sure why we walked there but I took pictures anyway so we could tick it off.  🙂

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With our remaining oomph, we walked to the end of the pier to see the views.  Gotta tick off this pier thing properly you know.

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The beaches on the other side of the pier were much more populated than the ones we’d walked along already.

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Thankfully my brother redeemed himself by walking back to get the car for us old folk.

My boys went with him.

Where do they get their energy?!!

 

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