Venice Beach

Venice Beach isn’t too far from Santa Monica so I walked there. Venice Beach is a very popular tourist destination and this was a Saturday afternoon so it was packed. It’s a very intersting place to say the least with lots of weird people, a huge variety of art and people to tell you your future. You can get marjuana there too if you want. I ran out of energy before I could do much exploring but I did get some photos.

There’s a huge beach and many palm trees.

Lots of art on sides of buldings.

This one is famous and seen in lots of movies.

The creator of Venice Beach loved Venice and made these canals to resemble the real thing. I’ve seen these in lots of movies and tv shows as well.

Art in Architecture

I really love architecture when done well and have discovered a treasure trove in Long Beach where my friend lives. There was a very bad earthquake in Long Beach in 1933 and many buildings were destroyed but this was the era of Art Nouveau and many buildings were rebuilt in this one of my favorite styles.

Most of the architecture like this was in the old downtown section of Long Beach.

I liked the colors on this one too.

I’m not sure if this is Art Nouveau but I found it in the art district.

At the end of The Promenade.

Isn’t this great?

This was in the art district too.

An Hour Away

I’ve taken a quick trip to los Angeles to visit a friend.She and I met years ago in Texas when my ex and I moved across the street from her. We were both having marital problems and I spent hours on a green and red antique barber chair in her bedroom talking. She got out of her marriage years before I did and moved back to California where she had grown up. I have visited her there many times since then and try to see her each time I am in the States.

A cute little place I saw in a side street of Hermosa Beach, one of the beach cities of LA.

There was a volley ball tournament going on at the beach as there often is.

A look at the beach from above.

Beautiful decorative tile on the side of an apartment building.

Two on a bicycle-art in a little public space in Redondo Beach.

An iconic life gaurd station on Redondo Beach. It was 70 degrees as compared to the 104 degrees back in Scottsdale.

Texas

During 2015 I visited Texas twice.

image
Home of margaritas

image
With chips and salsa.

image
I visited a friend in California too.

image
Where I discovered Moscow Mules. They taste better to me if they are in that cute copper mug.

California Dreaming

More photos from our brief trip to California.

image
We went to a really good place to eat in Laguna Beach called las Brisas that has been there for years and serves upscale Mexican food. Fabulous view.

image
The view the other direction.

image
The view outside. Look at that blue sky!

image
Long Beach has some incredible architecture. It was once very ritzy and attracted the movie star set. It had a beach too but that is gone.

image
A closeup of some of the detail.

image
Due to unforeseen circumstances we had to return to Arizona and passed an area with hundreds of wind turbines.