My youngest son graduated from college in May and recently moved to Los Angeles for work. We went down there in July to help him settle into his new apartment and then spent the weekend at a nearby beach. Have you ever heard of Venice Beach in southern California? It’s a one-of-a-kind place, sort of a circus-y feel to it, with a rather checkered (unseemly) history. It’s called Venice Beach because of the canals that run to the ocean. If you haven’t been . . . it’s definitely worth a trip. A curious place!


Muscle Beach is the haven for bodybuilders.They had a bikini contest going on . . . but I passed.


Venice Beach was packed with people–all kinds. The boardwalk was fun, too. And there are all kinds of great little hole-in-the-wall places to find something quick and delicious.
IMG_3150 Intense pickle ball games.

IMG_3154 Little carts stroll along the boardwalk selling cut fruit. Felt like I was in Asia for a second!
IMG_3162 A few blocks (and another world) away is Marina del Rey.
IMG_3164 Ever seen yoga done on a paddle board? Me either! Oh-so-southern-California!
IMG_3166 There’s a so-Cal culture that will be fun to explore. A lot of trends start in So Cal, like cruiser bikes. I’m waiting for this flip flop organizer to catch on up in the SF Bay Area (I found it in a Target in Los Angeles. Only in So Cal would anyone have a need for a flip flop organizer.)


Do you have a favorite spot in Los Angeles to recommend? I’ll be going back fairly frequently. Would love your input! I need ideas. Leave a suggestion to explore and you’ll be entered into a giveaway for a copy of Amish Values for Your Family.

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