Continuing my L.A. posts with the part 2 Venice Beach & Venice Canals.
On the second day of our trip we went to the iconic place: Venice Beach. Most of you will probably know why it is so famous and why it’s a must to go there if you ever be in L.A.
For those of you who are not familiar with this (like we were) here’s a brief explanation:
Venice became the “Coney Island of the Pacific” for it’s famous broad walk, vibrant mix of attractions and activities. It is also known for a system of canals and imported gondolas from Italy. Venice also has amazing broad walk, beautiful beaches and famous skate-park (which I watched in cartoons in my childhood).
Absolutely amazing “broadwalk” (Venice Ocean Front Walk) and an incredible beach! There I spotted the lifeguard islands just like in all the movies I ever saw before! Beautiful, bright and vivid surfer vans and ocean full of surfers. Lovely murals on the walls, bright colors, film crews and music everywhere. Bikes, skates, all kinds of skateboards and segways. And of course people, people, people – there is enough space for everyone.
The only downside – abundance of homeless or just “I’ll sleep here” people. I’m just not used and not comfortable with that and would not go there at night time.
Once you pass them – everything repeats again!
I would advice to each and everyone to visit this place! It’s fun, it’s interesting, it’s very, very beautiful and it is iconic!
Venice Canal Historic District.
A little bit of history:
“The Venice Canal Historic District is a district in the Venice section of Los Angeles, California. The district is noteworthy for its man-made canals built in 1905 by developer Abbot Kinney as part of his Venice of America plan. Kinney sought to recreate the appearance and feel of Venice, Italy, in Southern California.” Source – Wikipedia.
It really is incredible, it really is picturesque and it really has its own charm.
I made only one mistake – going there on the last day of our trip. Why you may ask? Well, because when we just landed in Los Angeles the weather was mild and they Venice Canal Historic District was full of water. Somehow I forgot about that when we were on Venice Beach trip so when we returned (after 6 days) the canals were a bit dry.
It was so hot during our stay that this eventually happened. Anyway, it was incredible, it was beautiful and was something that I never saw before!
Definitely go there it and enjoy those 15-30 minutes spent there!