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.
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.
More street art. This one was one of my favorites.
The Venice Beach Freakshow. I had no idea it was still in operation.
The beautiful California coastline.
Some of the rides at 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.
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.)
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!