Here is an excerpt from the Lonely Planet - USA chapter ‘Los Angeles’:
Santa Monica is the belle by the beach, the poshest among LA’s seaside cities, hemmed in by luxe beachfront hotels and sprinkled with købe-burger restaurants and $100-T-shirt boutiques.
Kids love the venerable Santa Monica Pier where diversions include a quaint carousel, a solar-powered Ferris wheel and an aquarium with touch tanks. Smoking is forbidden almost everywhere, including the beach, outdoor restaurants and the Third Street Promenade.
KAPOORS ON THE ROAD
I didn’t really know about the Santa Monica Pier the last time I visited Los Angeles, despite the fact that I did visit the original Getty Villa. I remember hearing that a new museum was being built in the hills above the museum and always wanted to return.
Last summer our son Raj and his friend began a multi-city business trip in Los Angeles, and made a terrific time-lapse video of the sun setting at the Santa Monica pier. If you are interested in viewing it, just click on the link: Santa Monica Vimeo
After spending most of the day at the Getty Centre, and seeing my favourite painting, Van Gogh’s ‘Irises’ for a second spectacular time, we headed to the beach hoping to walk along the pier and watch the sun set. It was a great time of day to visit; the lowering sun intensified the colours of the Ferris wheel and everything for sale at the kiosks.
The whole time we were at the pier, I could hear the music from the video ringing in my ears. I had never heard the song before watching the video last summer, but now I’ll never forget it.