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.
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.
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