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. Venice is another one 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.
But 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.
The 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!
I’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.
Have you ever been to Venice? Amsterdam? Any other city famous for its canals? What were your impressions? Let me know below! 🙂