Saturday, January 4: Venice Beach in Los Angeles is a beachfront neighborhood of mist and muscles, bikinis and tattoos, piercings, surfboards, sunglasses, funnel cakes, pizza, hot dogs, exuberant street art, and medical marijuana. It’s gritty, energetic and a little chaotic, even before noon. Venice began as a seaside resort town in 1905; it was a separate city until 1926, when it merged with Los Angeles. Today Venice is known for its canals, beaches and its eccentric Ocean Front Walk, a 2 1/2 mile pedestrian-only boardwalk that features performers, vendors, artists, fortune-tellers and the acrobats and body-builders of Muscle Beach (Wikipedia: Venice, Los Angeles).Venice Beach is a combination of the tacky, the mindless, the ironic, and the novel. ~ Freelance Dionysian
As we stroll down the boardwalk, we’re approached by men of various colors offering copies of their latest Rap CDs. I don’t take any of them.For about 150 days a year in Venice, the sun doesn’t show through the mist until noon. ~ Ray Bradbury
Stephanie and I wade our way through the chilly mist in search of a lunchtime spot. We can’t even see the ocean but we know it’s out there, somewhere at the end of the broad expanse of sand. We find Figtree’s Cafe and Grill, where we sit outdoors on the patio shivering under a heat lamp, and I order an omelet with chicken-apple sausage, red onions, tomato and guacamole. The stuff of California dreams.
By the time we finish, the mist is starting to clear. The ocean is somewhere out there, but we still can’t see it.
After lunch we wander a little further down the boardwalk before we turn down a side street to explore the walk-streets and cottages of Venice; we’re captivated by succulents and tropical plants bursting out from behind every fence.
I only get one look at the Venice canals.
Stay tuned for a stroll through the walk-streets of Venice…
All quotes about Venice Beach from Quotations About Venice.