Exploring Santa MonicaBy
Paul and I just returned from five days in Santa Monica visiting Jake and Elif taking in all the beautiful weather and surroundings.
Our first outing is always a walk through the neighborhood to brush off the road weariness. The streets are lined with a mix of old and new homes. I always enjoy the small front gardens and plantings. We stumbled across this amazing sidewalk garden. It is full of succulents, annuals and a comfortable spot to sit and reflect. An unexpected thing like this is what makes me love California. The plague on the tree is a quote from Ralph Waldo Emerson, “Peace cannot be achieved through violence. It can only be attained through understanding.” How fitting for today’s turbulent times.
The next day, we walked to the beach at the Santa Monica Pier where there is a sign that says this is the original location of Muscle Beach. Love the broad wide beach, great bike path and fun people watching.
On Saturday we boarded the new Expo Light Rail in Santa Monica to travel into downtown LA. What a wonderful transportation addition. An upbeat train station, colorful train cars and easy travel to LA was a real pleasure.
Our train travel took us to the California Science Center to see the Endeavor Space Shuttle exhibit. It is a very interesting and informative display about the space shuttle’s history. The Endeavor completed 25 missions from 1992 – 2011. It was originally constructed outside of LA and was brought back to its permanent location through a parade through the streets of LA in 2012. This is an exhibit well worth a visit.
Jake and Elif have been raving about this new ice cream parlor in an eclectic Venice shopping district called Abbot Kinney. We strategically scheduled our visit to make sure we had plenty of room to enjoy this wonderful creamery. The Salt end Straw far exceeded our expectations. Out of many different combinations I chose the Slumptown Coffee with Comparte Lovenuts ice cream. OMG! Click here to learn more about the Salt and Straw.
What a great weekend! We visited so many of our favorite spots and explored many new ones. We cooked several dinners from Green Chef (organic Food Delivery), watched movies and walked many steps. Perfect long weekend with bright blue skies and 75 degree temps! Thanks Jake and Elif for a great time!
I think this may have to be my new ride for our next beach visit. What do you think?
As many us of travel through the summer feel free to comment and share some of your favorite journeys.
Wishing everyone sunny blue skies!
Mary Sherwood Lifestyles