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Thursday, January 10, 2013

Venice, Los Angeles

Venice is a beachfront neighborhood on the Westside of Los Angeles, California, United States. It is known for its canals, beaches and circus-like Ocean Front Walk, a two-and-a-half-mile pedestrian-only promenade that features performers, fortune-tellers, artists, and vendors.

What can you do in Venice Beach?
- You can wear whatever you like, no matter how weird; nobody will judge you. However weird you will be, you won't impress anyone.
- You can sing and dance, you'll get some smiles if you're bad at it or applause if you know what you're doing.
- You can recognize the streets where the Californication series was produced.
- You can give up all prejudice.

Why visit?
To get a new taste of Los Angeles, even when you thought you saw enough. You'll meet cool people: artists, fitness addicts, acrobats, beggars etc.

Where to go?
Venice Boardwalk
Check out the diversity, lots of people showing off, the artists on the street and souvenir shops.
Spend 10-20 minutes at the skate-park by the beach, you might see some semi-pro skaters there.
If you're in the mood go to muscle beach, you don't need fitness equipment, jeans are ok too.

Venice Canals
A romantic zone, with expensive housing, this is the area that resembles the European city of Venice.
It's nice to have a walk and see the difference in attitude between people there and in the Venice Beach area.

The Beach/Ocean
It's a great place if you want to learn or practice surfing. Good waves and boards to rent everywhere.
If you want a personal trainer it's about 40$/hour. If you think you're getting good at surfing you can try higher waves in  Huntington Beach or Oceanside.

Venice Boardwalk
Venice Boardwalk

Palm Trees at Venice Beach
Palm Trees at Venice Beach

Venice Beach skatepark
Venice Beach skatepark

Venice Beach surfing
Venice Beach surfing

Venice Beach canals
Venice Beach canals