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The Canals of Venice Beach

Venice Canal

As I mentioned in my post about Santa Monica, I’m attempting to re-discover and get reacquainted with Los Angeles so this weekend I spent some time in Venice, CA. I love visiting the beach and I’ve even decided to book myself a few nights in a fancy Venice Beach CA Hotel. What a treat! Venice is another one of southern California’s famed beachfront neighborhoods that is mostly known for the Venice Beach Boardwalk. Here you’ll find food, souvenir shops, entertainment by way of street performers, musicians, dancers, you name it, and to me, it epitomizes beach culture. You see so many people in their beach attire (click here for more info), it’s amazing, no one cares, you’re just having fun and taking in those sun rays. You’ll find overly tanned shirtless folks, the bicyclist (THERE ARE SO MANY BICYCLIST!!!!), roller skaters & skateboarders. It’s for the young, old and in-between. If you’re single, taken, or settled down with a family, you’ll find something to tickle your fancy at Venice Beach.

Venice Beach Bike and Skate Shop Venice Beach Boardwalk Bike Rack Venice Boardwalk Padoum Venice Beach Boardwalk Venice Beach Boardwalk SunglassesBut the real draw that brought me to Venice this weekend were the Venice Canals. Now you may be asking “There are canals in Los Angeles?” Yes, there are. The Venice Canals were built in 1905 by developer Abbot Kinney, who sought to create something reminiscent of the canals of Venice, Italy here in Los Angeles. Over the years, beautiful homes were built and restored along the canal, and pathways were constructed to allow visitors to the area to traverse the canals.

Venice Canal Established Plaque Venice Canal Venice CanalVenice CanalVenice CanalThe homes that lined the pathways around the canals were so beautiful! Could you imagine waking up in the morning, going outside to grab you morning paper and seeing this? Or having lunch outside on your patio? If I lived here, I would ALWAYS entertain guest!

Venice Canal Venice CanalI’ve never been to Venice, Italy, so I can’t offer an actual comparison of how the canals of Los Angeles compare. If I had to guess, I would give it to Italy. But I have been to Amsterdam and walked along its many canals, and there is something beautiful about how they fit into a neighborhood. Something about them doesn’t quite belong yet they are a perfect fit. Having walked along these canals in Venice, I welcome this disruption to Los Angeles’ typical concrete roads and highways.

Venice CanalWhen I long for the streets and canals of the real Venice, Italy, I’ll take a stroll down the canals in my backyard to hold me over and temporarily satisfy my wanderlust!

Have you ever been to Venice? Amsterdam? Any other city famous for its canals? What were your impressions? Let me know below! 🙂

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  • Reply
    Elizabeth Hampton
    August 29, 2015 at 7:15 AM

    Great photos and great post! I love the canals of Venice beach! I went once when I was younger (I’m originally from CA), and then made my husband go when we went to L.A. to visit my friend. He had no idea about the canals beforehand. It’s amazing how so many people do not know about these canals. I just love walking around the canals and looking at the beautiful homes there! Venice beach is awesome!

    • Reply
      August 29, 2015 at 11:32 AM

      Thank you so much! I was born and raised in LA but only found out these canals existed a few years ago! I felt so silly having never known all these years but I’m making up for lost time and I agree the homes are AMAZING! They’re part of the draw! 🙂

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