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Monday, July 07, 2008

USA Day 8

USA Travaganza Day 8- Los Angeles (Santa Monica, Venice beach)

the next morning, we had breakfast at this beach stall at Main Street, Santa Monica.
it's just 2 blocks from Seashore Motel.

Bing's coffee and my hot chocolate

the weather was perfect!
the sun was strong but the wind was cool, so it's not too warm and not too cold as well.

ooh, i must rave about these fish & chips!
They are reeeeeally good and very fresh.
came in 3 big pieces for us to share and our stomachs were happily filled.
This was so much better than fish & chips served in local restaurants in Singapore.

Lots of people walking dogs here.
In fact, in USA, dogs were allowed almost anywhere.
They were allowed in trains and you can see them shopping with their owners in malls!

Santa Monica beach, sand was soft and powdery!

Palm trees were everywhere in Los Angeles.

we rented bicycles to get around the beaches.

i forgot the rates but its not expensive, something like USD6 per hour and USD24 for whole day? around this rate.

this is the starting of the Venice Beach walkway where all the stalls were located.

see the quaint little cafe behind.

here it is again, we wanted to stop for a beer but there were no available seats and we didn't wanna wait.

Lots of cute little shops like these here.

Venice aka MUSCLE BEACH!

Lots of panhandlers (homeless people) here, they will go around asking people for spare change, some will do weird things like this one in the picture: sitting on top of the dustbin.
Actually these people are a very common sight in America.

Lots of beautiful houses by the beach.

Venice Beach

the wind was really strong and chilly here.

Seagulls everywhere, they're cute.

a pelican was stuck underneath and these folks happened to catch hold of it with their fishing rods, and they fished it up.

They released the pelican and it was off flying again.

isn't this cute?

Lots of artists on Venice Beach walkway.
and they do this for a living.

a closer look at his creations

a vintage grand piano!

Psychic readers are commonly seen here

Laughing Buddha, American style.

It was really relaxing walking along this path, there were lots to see and be amazed by.

This was where i bought the 'Lil Miss Hollywood' tee from.
you can see the tee hanging there!

cute paintings by talented artists

another psychic reader

see someone sleeping there?

Santa Monica Pier

the other side of the pier

it was great cycling in such nice weather with the cool breeze against us.

we cycled and cycled, trying to find Malibu beach but it seemed like such a long distance so in the end we turned back and went on foot to visit the Pier.

cute little girl on a dolphin

Somewhere up ahead lies the Third Street Promenade, the main shopping street in Santa Monica!

view from the pier

this restaurant perched on a higher level seems kinda unique to me

Big Yellow Taxi!

it was 5 plus in the evening, the sun sets at 7 plus here.
and sunset was really really beautiful, we didn't catch the sunset here on this day but we did come back and caught it on another day later on.

Pacific Park at the Pier!


i heart rainbows.
i wanna paint one in my room.

the ferris wheel was closed, a bigger one was under construction.

face moulding

back here for a short rest

on the way out again, to 3rd Street Promenade!

movie theatre at third street promenade

a street performer

we did what we were best at doing-- SHOPPING!

3rd street promenade isn't a very big shopping street but it has Victoria Secrets, A/X, Bebe, American Eagles, Abercrombie, Express and many more, enough to turn me crazy.

Late dinner at a chinese restaurant, "Yang Tze" along third street.
if you like chinese food, you should come here, they serve rather decent dishes :)

we ordered tomyum soup (more sourish than spicy), green curry (rather spicy and fragrant) and rice.

having spicy food during such cold weather is simply 'shiok'.
i really love this feeling.

everywhere i go, i always seem to be craving for tomyum soup
it has been 8 days since we had any decent rice meals, the previous rice dishes we had were really badly cooked, this was the best!!!

we were extremely satisfied and very happy with this meal =)

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