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Los Angeles/Southern California - Day 1

Venice Beach

semi-overcast 77 °F

Welcome to California! Home of the Prius!


We landed at LAX early afternoon, jumped in our rental car and headed straight for Venice beach. It was a semi-overcast day but any day at the beach is better than one without. Our first stop? Fish tacos. Aside from Prius', expect this as a theme. Have you ever seen the move "I Love You, Man"? Remember the scene where Sydney and Peter had fish tacos? The restaurant exists and it's called James Beach. We quote the movie often so we HAD to stop in. Tim had the four cheese grilled cheese with bacon and I had the mahi mahi tacos. They were good, especially the tortillas, but I have to say they weren't the best I've ever had. I'll have to keep taste testing while we are here.


After our bellies were full, we headed to the beach to walk it off. Even though there was a cool breeze and not much sun, the sand was so warm. We strolled down the beach, watched the surfers, took some pictures of the surf breaking over the rocks, checked out the skate park and saw some double-jointed street performers. We were so impressed with the street art/wall murals all over Venice! The architecture was also very pretty.


I have to say, Venice in general was a lot dirtier and smellier than I was expecting. Maybe more eclectic? Like, muscle beach is a real thing. Really?! Since I love the show House Hunters and there was an episode in Venice, I insisted we drive down the canal section of town to see the beautiful houses and serene canals. They more than made up for the dirty beach scene. Before we left Venice, we stopped in Firestone Walker Brewing Co. for drinks. Tim has had their beer and wanted to taste what was available only in their taproom. The brewery was on a main drag, so we sipped our drinks and pointed out Prius after Prius. I think you must get one with your California driver license.


We wrapped up Venice, exhausted from traveling, and headed to our residence for the week: Beso Del Sol in Huntington Beach. It's set up kind of like a motel but it's made up really nice. There is a nice size kitchen, bathroom and a bedroom with armoire. The bathroom has Bath & Body Works products! But the most important part, we're only a block from the beach!!! At first glance, Huntington Beach looks really nice. We'll find out more soon!


Before we called it a night, we needed a quick dinner. Tim has been so anxious to try In 'n Out - it's a fast food burger joint. Their menu is SO simple: burgers, fries, shakes. That's it. Easy to make a decision! We can see why people rave about this place - the burgers were great and so was the chocolate milkshake. I have a feeling we'll be hitting up In 'n Out a time or two more before we leave.


Tomorrow - who knows! The people who plan everything don't have a plan for tomorrow. We shall wait and see!

Posted by juliejakicic 21:28 Archived in USA

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