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Venice Beach Review…

For the most part, Venice Beach is a beautiful section of the California coast just south of Santa Monica.  Generally it is a nice sandy beach and a great place to spend the day.  The ocean front is lined with expensive houses and condos with an amazing ocean view.  As you walk north on the boardwalk you can see the Santa Monica Pier and the carnival rides in the distance and it is very much the California beach that I imagined. 

As you approach Muscle Beach, which really isn’t as great as I thought it would be, the atmosphere changes and you would swear you were walking down a row of shops in Jamacia.  The very first street corner had a Medical Marijuana sign out front and a young lady on the corner pulling people in to get their Medical Marijuana License.   From then on the smell of weed filled the air and we were approached every half a block or so either by a “Kush Doctor” salesperson or a “down and out” musician trying to sell us a CD he had burned on his computer. 

I am not sure what this area used to be like, but from some of the stories I have heard it used to be an interesting unique place to visit, but it seems like the area has become dominated by drug shops, drug users and people down on their luck.  In all it was an interesting experience, but it is unlikely we will be back, especially with our children.

Here is a quick video review including a couple video clips of the boardwalk:

Backing up a bit.

So I figured that at some point I should back up a bit and introduce myself.  Hi…my name is Tanya.  I live in Canada.  That might explain why we like to travel.  It is cold here for most of the year and I love nothing more than getting away from snow and laying on a beach.

I didn’t always love to travel…mostly because as a child, we didn’t travel.  My parents are not the travelling kind.  The farthest I had ever gone was over the border in the United States to do “back to school” shopping!   When I tell people one of Richard and I’s first dates, they laugh.  I mean, I had been on some weird dates before (one boyfriend took me to a cemetery) but I had never been one place and I asked him to take me.  So we packed up the car for a little day trip and he took me straight to the….airport.  I just wanted to see it and luckily he liked me enough to keep up with my quirks!  I guess you could say that was when I knew he was a keeper!