20th August 2011.
Visited Santa Monica. First stop: Bergamot Station, a collection of art galleries with some amazing pieces - including photographs by Steve McCurry (wow!) and this intriguing car:
Also visited the Japanese paper shop there and browsed happily for a while before settling on a goody bag of lovely papers and some rolls of washi tape.
Had a delicious spinach burrito with tortilla chips and guacmole at a fabulous Mexican restaurant, yum :)
Then on to the pier. Weather overcast but still warm. Made it hard to see coastline though!
Sea looked grey and choppy, but still a thrill to see the Pacific again :)
Got good view of pelican which landed on pier. Over-friendly Chinese tourist frightened it away (and nearly got a nasty peck for her trouble).
Kids had fun looking through telescope. Not sure how much they actually saw, but they enjoyed it anyway!
Watched trapeze artists in training (wasn't tempted!)
Hadn't realised Santa Monica was end of Route 66!
Saw carousel that featured in The Sting. (Note to self: watch The Sting.)
Kids had a ride. Couldn't get clear shot of them so amused myself getting arty blurry motion shot instead.
Went to aquarium. Kids had close encounters with sealife.
(Jellyfish were cool though!)
Saw parrot bike a couple of times. 2 of parrots less than best friends, it seems.
Had fabulous time :) So grateful to lovely Creative Beast for taking us there! She's a darling :)