Sunday, May 22, 2011

home is wherever I'm with you

I'm happy to say the week is over and soon it'll be June. Can you believe that? This weekend was pretty exciting, Abraham took me to the Aquarium of the Pacific (I have plenty of photos to share with you!) and we attended two carnivals. Needless to say I stuffed myself with funnel cake and lots of carnival food. As promised, here are the photos from my weekend in Santa Monica and Venice Beach.

Ferris Wheel

I love the mini amusement park at the Santa Monica Pier (Pacific Park). When I was reading "The Five People you meet in Heaven", I envisioned the pier in the book to look just like this. When I finished the book the author Mitch Albom gave thanks to the director of operations at Pacific Park. How neat is that!


The Venice Beach Boardwalk. Apart from the shops, there are booths that border the boardwalk. People sell handmade jewelry, art and crafts.

wall art

If it's one thing I love about Venice Beach, it's the art. Mostly all the streets are covered in fun, vibrant art like this.


Silly Abe looking through a telescope.

art wall 2

More street art. This one was one of my favorites.

VB Freakshow

The Venice Beach Freakshow. I had no idea it was still in operation.


The beautiful California coastline.

Pacific Park

Some of the rides at Pacific Park.

Pacific Park

We only went on the ferris wheel because I didn't want Abe to waste his money on rides. ($5 a ride? No, thank you.)


The white buildings in the distance are Downtown Santa Monica. There's a huge shopping center with dozen of restaurants and stores just a few blocks away from the pier.

people at the pier

The pier is a great place to photograph people without them really noticing you.


more of that golden light...


I thought it was a little weird that there was a dolphin statue with not a dolphin in sight.


More of my people shots. I especially liked this one, I snapped away just as they caught a fish. (The photo below is of a restaurant on the pier.)


At night, Abe and I visited Downtown Santa Monica. I couldn't get past the cute little cafe I saw when we were walking by all the stores. This place has about a dozen Nutella containers next to their window. What a way to reel me in!

I borrowed this photo from their website since there was a No Cameras Sign on the wall. (Don't you hate it when that happens?) I had a Nutella and Banana Crepe paired with a Chai Hazelnut Latte. One word: AMAZING! The following week, we visited a crepe place in our own hometown. We are officially addicted to Nutella Crepes!

I hope all of you had a great weekend. Thank you very much to my new followers for taking interest in my blog. You guys are the best!


Anita said...

Looks like you had an amazing time! I would love to take a visit to Santa Monica Pier and The States in general!

Nicky。♥ said...

very beautiful picture! :)

Jazzy E (hivenn) said...

These are so beautiful. It all looks amazing. x hivenn

Tiziana said...

Thanks for your comment!this post are very beautiful!

Second Wind photography said...

These are really cool! Well done :D

Li + Belle said...

Wow, those are beautiful photos of a unique land. The colors are spectacular. How do you do that?
You light my desire to travel to America each time to the new.

tasha said...

ah! everytime you post photos of the Californian beaches, i get this odd feeling of familiarity. <3 i've never been there but i want to so badly! i love the street art, especially the one of the woman. (: gosh, if one day i do go to Pacific Park, i'm going on all the rides! xxx

Olga said...

Lovely pictures. My favourite one is the first. It gives the feeling of a holiday.

Fransisca Angela said...

beautiful pictures as always and it seems like a very fun trip.
and not to mention the crepes,nutella & banana are so yummy together right?
Have a great week!

a flood of memories said...

it's totaly crazy right ? like a half a year is over. and wow your pictures are amazing. wish i could be there.

Michael Valčić said...

Looks like a great outing! I love the blues in these shots! =)

Jane said...

Venice beach looks like such a fun place, it seems so... colourful! That crepe sounds yummy, sucks about the no cameras sign (I wonder why the do that?)

LCR said...

looked like a wonderful time!! I'm glad you and Abraham had so much fun:) the golden light you captured is awesome!
ps. i added you to the new blogroll I developed
pps. a new theme for next week's photo share was announced:)

Felicia said...

Thanks for your DSLR suggestions! Sounds like another beautiful weekend! Can't wait to see your aquarium photos.

Kathryn said...

Ooh, the first picture is my favorite! Everything looks so pretty, and fun :)

Myriam S said...

Such lovely photographs. And mannn, I would love a bite of that Nutella-Banana crepe!

Myriam from Myriad of Mischief
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Tang said...

Everyone seems to be on the nutella crepes craze! Maybe I should really try it.

Brenda said...

Anita, Nicky, Jazzy E, Tiziana, Second Wind Photography, Li + Belle, Tasha, Olga, Fransisca, a flood of memories, Michael, Jane, Lauren, Felicia, Kathryn, Myriam, Tang: Thank you! :D

annA * Room176 said...

Yes, very funny to see people dressing with fluorescent colors! ahaha

Love the photo with the murales!