Missing the canals of Venice, Italy

 

 

 

 

 

Ah the canals of Venice , Italy can they really ever be duplicated, I think not.  The moment I saw Venice I fell in love with the buildings, the canals the people. I walked the streets in awe of such magnificat surroundings, maybe that’s why I found the canals of Venice Beach so enchanting. 

 

 

 

 

 Every women should take a trip to Italy, with that special someone, I did…

… it’s a place

  for women in love….  

 

 

Bohemain musing ,Venice shopping

What I love most about Venice Beach was the shopping. It’s the mix of hippie funk and haute couture that makes Abbot Kinney Boulevard special. I love vintage boutiques and there was one at every corner. I could have spent the entire day  looking for vintage clothes and salvage  furniture  items.  But there was one shop that caught my eye, I turned my bike around  and headed towards this wonderful shop called Bountiful, 1335 Abbot Kinney Blvd. bountiful.com. I love the name, it’s a name I would use in a mantra. And when I walked into this shop, I felt like I was in a dream,   everything floated in a surreal fantasy of bountiful things.

If you look closely you can see my reflection, step  into this magical  shop with me and enjoy. I hear Rachel Ashwell (Shabby Chic ) and Pamela Anderson are frequent shoppers here.

I love the way the antique chandeliers hang delicately from the ceiling.

The Proprietor Sue Balmforth has a lot of antique linens from Europe and has a full design service available.

Pink is the color of Venice Beach, the color of the heart chakra and the color of love…the  Savaged , the beautiful, the bountiful,  la Dolce Vita !  Next post Abbot Kinney, the founder of Venice Beach, and of course some photos of the  Linus bike shop. Hope everyone has an enchanting week !

Abbot Kinney Boulevard Venice, CA 90291 6–10 p.m. http://www.abbotkinneynow.com
There’s no better way to check out the art (and the shopping) at Abbot Kinney Boulevard, located in the heart of Venice, than stopping by on the first Friday of every month. The event starts around 6 p.m. and runs until 10 p.m. The neighborhood merchants come together to feature the best artists, gifts, products and music. And of course, beverages are available. It’s a way to experience what Abbot Kinney Boulevard is all about.

abbotkinney festival here.

Bohemian musing in Venice

Getting up early after a night out with the girls was hard but worth it , as I love riding my bike along the coast of Venice Beach. Venice Beach is  a visual delight. Everywhere you look there is something going on. Venice has always been known as a hangout for the creative and the artistic since the 50’s and 60’s when it became the center of the  Beat generation. After the beat generation came the flower children of the 70’s. Then there  was an explosion of poetry and art. Well  I wasn’t  feeling very poetic or creative… I paid $20.00 for parking right on the boardwalk and realized we could have parked back on main street  and paid$ 8.00 and rode our bikes to the boardwalk. Next time.  Our first stop was breakfast  on the corner of Rose street, we both needed a little coffee  and I ordered a turkey and cheese croissant.

 

 

 

 

 

Then we did a little shopping. What I love about Venice is that everyone wears a hat. I love hats and wear them often and Kim needed one so we headed to Titanic . Over a 1,000 hats and I must say all were very cool. Kim bought her hat and we got our bikes and headed down the boardwalk.

 

 

 

 

 

 

  

 

 Since Venice is such a visual experience I thought I would just relax on my bike and enjoy the views.

 

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I like this building so we stop and shopped and found out this was Charlie Chaplin’s home and the little stores in front were the bungalows were his guest stayed. 

 

 

 

Lots of very cool shops I could get lost in these retro shops.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 In 1972, the city constructed an 18 mile bicycle path adjacent to Ocean Front Walk which extends from Torrance to Santa Monica. The new visitors were local residents riding bikes through the depressed Venice, bringing it new life. We stopped at Venice street  and headed to the canals.The canals are now a quaint upscale neighborhood in Venice. Fully restored and remodeled homes make it a postcard scene along the canal shores. Venice California originally was to be a copy of Venice, Italy, canals and all. Few of the original canals remain today.The canals were not practical for the horseless carriage. In 1929 the majority of the canals were filled in and converted to roads. You can still see the brick through the paved roads, Kim said the city should have left the streets bricked, I agreed the roads would be so quaint.  I fell ln love with these beautiful homes and canals. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Venice Beach is a summer of color all year round,  a must see place for some real  Bohemian musing.

 Next post a shop I fell in love with in Venice…

xoxo Cheryl

                         

I love my new bike…

I have finally bought a Schwinn classic bike (the Jenny from Target.com. $ 279.00.)  with all the accessories, and I ride it almost everyday.   Something about being on a bike makes me feel well, younger. I love riding along the California  coast, or the canyons here where I live. …do you remember the  classic french movies of the 60’s  with the french girl riding her bike with her white tennis shoes ,  a little plaid dress, and  a straw  hat, so much fun….

In most urban cultures bicycles are viewed as legitimate transportation and not merely recreation, but sadly this idea never really caught on in the US. We take numerous little journeys, under 5 miles, as part of our everyday life…. to the store, the pub, to work, etc. Besides the obvious joy of riding a bicycle, these small bicycle trips reduce carbon emissions, congestion, noise pol-lution, and make for a happier, city experience. Well I am on my way to Venice to ride my new bike,  where’s my white tennis and my little  french hat ?

Some simple words…

                                       Summer is coming to an end, and my health has changed with  some  simple words…,I bring peace to every corner of my life. I love and accept myself exactly as I am. My good  health  comes from within. I move forward fearlessly  trusting that I am divinely guided in every step that I take. I am here to create harmonious relationships and beautiful photography,  thereby contributing to a more  peaceful planet. Simply breath and let it be. …I have lost 8 pounds,  and I love  riding my bike , I feel so much more fit and healthy .  Can a simple mantra really make that much of a different,  I would say, yes ! Affirmations  are a strong influence in our subconscious mind. Our subconscious mind does not know the different of positive affirmations or negative ones. For quite some time now I have been filling my head with negative thoughts, I have had five kids, there is no way I can get fit, I look fine with an extra 10 pounds , not realizing I was sabotaging myself and my health.  And my subconscious mind was doing exactly what I was programing it to do positive or negative, wow is it really that simple ? I would like to challenge you, and I am not sure who is reading this ( but if you are , then you are meant to read this ) to make a simple mantra for yourself, what ever it is you feel you need to change in your life. I had an email from a lady who said she was a writer, and she used my mantra but replaced beautiful photography with beautiful words . That’s fine if you can’t think of a mantra use mine and replace some of my  words to inspire you. Write it down on a piece of paper and put it where you will see it everyday and night, and repeat it all the time. Soon you will notice a big change in your life with some simple words. Please email me if you have any questions.  Hope everyone has a great weekend, and please…..

                                                                                                    

 

 

I think I will learn how to sail.        

My Scrimp Boil

A scrimp boil at the beach is a must, and this is an easy recipe to makes which makes this a fuss free event. First you will need a very large stock pot, and fill it  3/4 full with water.  Next put in 2 large brown onions whole  , 3 large lemons cut in half  and 2 scrimp boil in a bag , bring to a boil. Then add  5 pounds of little red potatoes and 6 corn on the cobb cut in half, and boil for 20 minutes. Next put in 3 pounds of cooked spicy sausages cut in 4 inch pieces   , and boil for another 5 minutes, then  add 2 bags of uncooked  shell and tail on shrimp for 5  more min. Check to make sure the potatoes are tender and the scrimp is pink.  Then drain the water and pour the remaining contents into a large container. The pot was very heavy and hot , so I spooned a lot of the water out, then I POURED the remaining water out with a large  strainer.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I then set the table with a blue and teal hammock , I bought at world market , out  on porch overlooking  the beach. I bought the large teal container at Target. I had sodas and water in a large cooler and everyone helped themselves. 

 

 

I got some cocktail sauce , butter and sourdough bread,  and cut up some lemons and limes and put them on the table. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Melissa, Brandon’s girlfriend ,  carried the pot out to the table for me and Kim helped me cook.

 

 

 

 

 

 

I set the table with some green polka dot dishes I found at the dollar store, a bowl for everyone so they could put the scrimp shells in. Everyone served them selves and clean up was one pot, how easy is that ?  This is a great one pot dish to serve at a picnic or a the  lake or your backyard.  But I must say, eating a scrimp boil at the beach,  smelling the salt air was well,  just perfect !  Hope everyone has a great weekend !