Kapoors Year 7: Europe/Ecuador/Peru travel blog

We've Been To Los Angeles Before, But Somehow Missed Seeing The Santa...

Our Son Raj Was Here Last Summer With His Friend Eric And...

Now, The Pier Was A Must-See For Us Too, I Had No...

We've Driven Stretches Of Route 66, But This Is Where It Ends...

When You Think Of It, I Guess You Would Have To Agree,...

Who Mails Postcards Anymore? However, I Do Like To Take Photos Of...

We Couldn't Stay Long Enough To Watch The Sunset, But The Lowering...

I Love Rainbow Things, Too Bad There Was No Room In Our...

Thank Goodness The Beachfront Has Been Preserved, Very Few Tall Buildings To...

Bathing Suits And Surf Boards Have Changed Somewhat Over The Years, Wouldn't...

Ferris Wheel, Roller Coaster, Construction Cranes, Crashing Waves

A Quiet Place To Sit And Enjoy The Evening Light

Classic T-Shirts For Sale Of Course

And Some A Little More 2013

As We Walked Back To Dry Land, I Admired The Various Banners...

Perhaps These Are Copies Of Old Advertising Posters From Days Gone By

Swimming Roosters And Scuba Pigs! What A Laugh

The Hunt For Gold Along The California Coast

Gambling Ships Anchored Off The Coast, Illegally!

So Happy To See A Dachshund, Looks A Little Like Our Granddog...

Nothing Shrimpy About This Shrimp Outside Bubba Gump Shrimp Co.

Who Can Resist A Goodbye Hug When Leaving The Santa Monica Pier?

That Sun Just Didn't Sink Fast Enough For Us That Evening, We...


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BACKGROUND

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.

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