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California's Central & North Coast | South OC Coast | Santa Monica & Venice

Santa Monica & Venice

"Together Santa Monica and Venice are the epitome of the footloose, southern California beach lifestyle. With a carousel, an arcade, an amusement park, a trapeze school, restaurants and a summer outdoor concert series, the Santa Monica Pier is alive with activity.

"Venice is a microcosm of everything that is slightly off-center about SoCal: burned-out hippies, healers, fortune tellers, bodybuilders, artists, poets, preachers, scam artists, fitness freaks, an animal freak show, a roller skating-rocker skate and wander where 'weed' clinics thrive amid ogling tourists. Along the way scents of incense and grass mingle in the air.

"Mere blocks away, some of southern California's most colorful and expensive homes with their well tended gardens reflect on scenic canals in landscapes seemingly from another world. Here every style from Spanish Mission, English Tudor, French Provincial, Tuscan & Venetian, to every stage of modern from mid-century to 2011 Architectural Digest contemporary is crammed side-by-side in that hap-hazard L.A. style. But somehow, here in fantasyland, it all works. Mild to wild...VENICE is VIVID!

"My website: http://bartaldrich.com/

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_DSC0402.jpg A Canal Bridge On the Rim Here's looking at ya! Catching the Lip
_DSC0133.jpg Balcony with flower baskets Make it burn! Vivid in Venice One of many wall murals around Venice Beach
Shopping for 'stuff' If you can dream it, you can live it...in Venice Venice Mellow Skateboard Dreams Juggler with bowls in the air.
_DSC0183color.jpg Catching Air in the Pool _DSC0391.jpg _DSC0171.jpg Beach Colors
Skateboarder Park Heat Wave _DSC0143B.jpg _DSC0398.jpg Summer Nights
Lift Off Santa in blue jeans and the roller-skating rocker Santa Monica Pano Old-World Charm Hippie Warning...
Canal Living Handball match Pacific Park pier silhouettes Canal Lifestyle Welcome to LA-LA Land!
Reliving the 60's... Garden View Canal View _DSC2908.jpg Secret Garden
Along the grand canal... Souvenir Tees 241 Linnie Canal Got Bong? On the Rim
Tattoos & Piercings Psychcadelic flashback anyone? Villa Cantante If I win the lottery one day... B-Ball on the Beach
Sealed with a Kiss in B&W Tourist 'stuff' Hash Bar.... No Smoking! Sealed with a Kiss