Los Angeles itself is not really a great place to visit other than the obligatory places to see, but Santa Monica is like paradise to me.
The pace of life there is different than I am used to, and the weather, sun and sand are amazing!
Californians are pretty health conscious and Santa Monica is no exception. If I were to describe Santa Monica in a few words it would be: Warm, Healthy, Dog-Friendly and Safe – at least that’s how I felt.
My daughter and I took a couple of days to just relax and enjoy Santa Monica.
We tried out a few restaurants, but by far my favorite for breakfast was the Omelette Parlor and for dinner we found an amazing Pizza Bar that used locally grown vegetables for salad, and made the most amazing homemade thin-crust pizza.
Topped off with a local California Cabernet and it was like heaven.
Of course our sun-deck at the Seashore Motel was great for relaxing after walking around. A quick trip to the infamous Surf Liquor store (just behind the always busy Village Car Wash – which reminded my of the Sheryl Crow song ‘All I want to Do) was the ticket to get anything from glue to shoelaces to Rum, Coke or virtually anything you needed.
On our way back to the motel one night, we heard music and saw lights across the road from the motel. A quick glance at each other and a “Do you want to…” followed by a “hell yeah!” and we discovered a cool Santa Monica tradition where every couple of weeks a group of catering trucks parked in a parking lot next to a park and served up all kinds of food, to be eaten under the stars, sitting on the grass with fellow residents and travelers.
As a huge LOST fan, I had cyber-investigated and found out that Bad Robot Productions (owned by J.J. Abrams) was in Santa Monica. Actually that is pretty common knowledge. I took it a step further and found out exactly where.
I was tempted to go in, but respected the obvious desire for privacy (no signs on the building) and just snapped a photo.
It had been 32 years to the day that I had first come to Santa Monica after graduating from college, and hopefully I’ll be back sooner than that next time!
Alas, we had a deadline to get back to Canada and really our adventure had not yet even started. Tomorrow we would embark on the much anticipated Route 66 across the country in our classic VW Beetle!