...Venice, CA, that is.
It has it's own vibe, this quirky beach town.
And a beautiful beach.
Hazy day in LA today, but at the beach, the air was cool and refreshing.
This lady was walking around with a smile on her face
and a tub of fresh fruit for sale on her head.
My main goal was not necessarily to reach the beach, I was on the hunt for the Venice Canals.
A recent newspaper article featuring a walking tour of the canals was my inspiration.
Designed in the early 1900s by a man by the name of Abbot Kinney, these canals and canalfront homes were inspired by his trip to THE Venice.
He even went so far as to import some gondolas as well as authentic Italian Gondoliers to tour people about this quiet oasis.
The gondolas didn't last and today exist as canoes, but the neighborhood that emerged lining the canals persists, evolves and still delights those visitors and locals who know where to go for a pleasant stroll.
A lot of big homes here, some very modern.
I think I'd feel quite exposed in these fish bowls, but maybe that's the idea.
Our next rental, perhaps?
Not unless my numerous acting talents get discovered and I'm paid what I'm really worth!
Maybe then I can snap up this fixer-upper for a couple of Mil.
There's a house back there somewhere. Then we could be
THOSE people in the neighborhood.
But my heart rests with these smaller, more quaint beauties -"the holdouts", I call them.
Real Estate is at a prime in this location and not many properties have much yard space, but oh, what they do with the space they have!
Beautiful plantings at every turn.
Fences and gates.
A serene spot before heading back out into reality to retrieve our cars.
A small area of contrasting tastes and lifestyles that somehow meld together into a wonderfully vibrant atmosphere.
Come see for yourself!
If you'd like another look at the funkier part of the boardwalk
you can take a peek at a post I did a while back: