Monday, October 17, 2011

LA: Santa Monica

After a quick tour on Hollywood and Universal Studio, we were ready to head to our next planned destination, Disneyland.

Avis had other ideas though. They gave us a GPS unit that does not have the fuse on the charger. As a result, our GPS died as we were exiting the car park.

With no GPS, it was impossible for us to find a place 40 miles away from LA and feel confident of making it back. At times like this, a man's gotta do what a man's gotta do, which was: ditch the plan, head somewhere that is easy to go, and easy to head back to our hotel after that.

This means... Santa Monica!

One good thing about Santa Monica is that, there are multiple car parks that provide free parking for the first 2 hours and cheap rates after that. One such car park is located in a shopping area called Santa Monica Place, and this was where we parked our car at...




It was just 3pm when we arrived, still too early for the beach, so we headed in the other direction, towards a pedestrian section called the Third Street Promenade.





This place feels a bit like the 16th Street in Denver, only that it has more street performers.



I even got some videos, albeit not very clear ones... it is from a black guy that claims he is on America's Got Talent, and he specifically told us not to refer to him as A Black Guy in Santa Monica if we're to upload his videos into Youtube... duuhhhh...


He's kind of nuts though... and interesting...


We spent about 2 hours on the street watching the street shows and going into shops. At about 5pm, we made our way to Santa Monica Pier...



The crowds are crazy... Pier 39 San Francisco and Pleasure Beach Blackpool are no match for the sheer number of heads here...


The main reason we come to Santa Monica Pier is because it links to the beach...


What's there on the beach? Well... there's is a saying that goes "What happened in Vegas stays in Vegas"...

There's a new saying now that goes "What happened in Santa Monica Beach stays in Santa Monica Beach"...




Actually, there's nothing much happened here lah, we didn't bring any beach attire, and what we were wearing were not really suitable to hit the sands, so we just strolled along the pier watching the beach. Sorry to disappoint you all...


That was pretty much it... we had a very forgettable dinner, headed back to Avis, returned the car, went back to the hotel, and called it a day...

5 comments:

Casendra said...

A very forgettable dinner! Hhaaha, first time hear people say so!

RealGunners said...

hmm... i always say unique things eh? =P

Nava Krishnan said...

what an amazing place to visit, wonderful pics.

Most Desirable said...

Hi realgunners, nice post on santa monica. In fact i was there last november. I took the free bus from LAX which took me right to 3rd Street Promenade. It was such a fantastic sight when i approached the pier by foot from 3rd street, i got my first glimpse of the vast pacific ocean. It was very cold then, the beach and the pier were deserted. The icy wind never stopped blowing against me. Too bad i couldn't stay long cos of the cold. I then waited for the same bus to get back to LAX.

RealGunners said...

There's free bus from LAX? I didn't know, I rented a car for a day =D