I have always enjoyed traveling, even if it meant sleeping in a tent when I was younger. I prefer hotels and cruise cabins now, but the motivation is the same...an adventure waiting to happen. Sometimes you will find me traveling with my husband and/or family. Sometimes I will travel alone, and sometimes I will travel with friends. I hope you find it entertaining to keep up to date with me as I explore the world around me. Warning...I like to take pictures of food so don't read if you're hungry. More adventures await...see ya soon...Amy.

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

A Trip to the Beach

There's more to Los Angeles than just Hollywood and movie stars, there are beaches! We are not "beach people", but we do like a good drive to see something new and felt like we would be missing something if we didn't check out the beach scene. This is the off-season and it's pretty cold so we knew there wouldn't be much beach activity. We drove down Santa Monica Blvd (aka the historic Route 66) which literally ended at Santa Monica beach. We turned left and found our way to Santa Monica Pier. Danny and I took off our shoes and stuck our feet in the Pacific Ocean, which was pretty chilly! Hallie doesn't like sand and kept her shoes on. We walked down to the end of the Pier, but didn't ride the roller coaster or ferris wheel. The amusement park scene is lost on us now that we don't have little kids. We got back in the car and drove to Venice Beach, a few miles south. We walked down the pier, stopping to watch some young men attempt to surf. They couldn't seem to catch a good wave while we were there, but they tried anyway. We ate lunch at The Terrace restaurant at Venice Beach. We took another short drive north past Santa Monica and up to Malibu beach. We expected a lot more glitz and glamour at Malibu beach, but it looked just like the other two beaches we had just seen. We did notice much bigger homes going up the hills though. Danny was surprised to find that Sunset Blvd came all the way down to the beach from Los Angeles. He decided to drive it all the way back up. We took a detour and stopped at a few shops on Melrose Ave. It was a little creepy there so we didn't stay long. We ate dinner tonight at Beso Hollywood. This is Eva Longoria and celebrity chef Todd English. We thought the homemade guacamole and the fabulous chocolate torte we our favorites. All of our steaks were a little overcooked and that was our only disappointment. We think that people around here must eat very late as this supposedly popular restaurant was nearly empty. Tomorrow we have another tour scheduled. Until then....

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