Over 100 years ago Abbot Kinney designed part of this city to actually resemble Venice Italy, including the infamous canals. Although, it looks nothing like the real Venetian canals, this area is adorable and very serene. Lined with picturesque homes, manicured front yards and gardens, it’s a spot worth exploring on your way to Venice beach and to take some pictures. It was nice walking around, enjoying the beautiful weather and lovely houses. And most of the home owners are very friendly and welcoming. You can easily visit Venice several times and never know the canals are there. They are tucked away in a strictly residential neighborhood.
A 200 year old California Sycamore tree still stands strong. Please read more about this tree from the photo below. No, I didn’t have coffee today… let’s see how I will fare without the caffeine boost. 🙂
Today’s coffee: I didn’t want to miss their last day on the “buy 1 get 1 free” promo on holiday drinks, so I went today. I got myself one hot skinny peppermint mocha & a frappucino for the take one, all for me. Starbucks propos, my friend would say… but I love ’em red festive cups. And since I skipped… Yesterday’s coffee: Hazelnut latte less sugar from McD right after I trailed the Hacienda hills. And yes, I do love their red festive cups too & whatever propos on it are working on me.
Venice Beach is known to be the a hub of artistic inspiration and creativity. One thing that you must see when in the area is the Venice Art Walls, located in the sand of Venice Beach. Again, I’m warning you, there are tons of them… you have to click on the photos for larger view and did you know that you can also comment on a certain photo while on the carousel show? just sayin’ 🙂 I am not sure how it’s called, I mean the ladies in the metal hula. They were really good at it and gave us a magnificent show. Also, I’ve postponed posting today’s coffee as it will make this post longer and will be too much of a scroll.
On instagram, a random friend asked if he can use the above photo for his edit journey. me: sure, no problem with me… do you want me to send the file? friend: yep! thanks, send it to ____ @icloud.com me: fine, do you want the original or the edited file? (I sent both anyways) friend: hey, I got the files. Thanks, I will send you the edited file for your approval me: oh no need, you don’t need my approval… I am giving you all the privileges friend: no no, you really need to approve if it’s ok or not ‘coz it’ll be carrying your name and you might not like what I do with the photo me: really… you don’t need my approval and I am not attached with my name. Whatever you come up with the photo is fine with me. And remember you should edit it for yourself and not for me or anybody else friend: silent mode 😀 me: thinking 24hrs after – did he find me strange? I find it funny …
Pacific Coast Highway Total miles: 361 (++ the miles we got lost in Santa Barbara and a few when in Oxnard) Date: November 9 and 10 Here’s the map and the points where we stopped for a few minutes or hours. Points B & C and F&L are overlapping as they are relevantly close to each other. (click for larger view) A. Starting point, where we visited the church first to thank God for another brand new year. B. Venice Beach, let the fun and excitement begin here! C. Venice Canals, it’s called Venice for a reason… D. Malibu PCH, 27 miles of scenic drive E. Oxnard, for lunch and a little rest F. Screaming Eagle Hwy, Ventura PCH, ahhh… just in time for that magnificent sunset and was charmed by the RV’s that were parked right on the seashore, what a nice way to relax eh? G. Santa Barbara, where we planned to get lodging but the city was so confusing with all the one way streets and every time we drive on to …
Because it’s my birthday today, we out of the blue decided to do a pacific coast highway road trip up north and first stop was Venice beach and the canals. Now, we’re in Oxnard and who knows where we’ll end, wherever the road brings us. And since I am right now mobile blogging, bigger photos will come in the next few days when I’m able to upload from my camera. Today’s coffee: a free birthday venti of eggnog latte from Starbucks. Update: I just realized tonight that the Sbux barista wrote a name that’s not mine on the venti cup… could it be possible I’ve picked up the wrong coffee? 😀