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2017WillardWandering
22nd Nov 2017
Our Highlights

We spent this last day near the LA airport at Venice Beach and Santa Monica (11km walking before the long trip home, leaving at 10:55 tonight). The former is pretty tacky on the beach itself, but there is a very cute area of Venice Canals back from the beachfront which are a quiet and delightfully secluded place - see Geoff’s photos. The canals appear to be very shallow, but still look nice (is that a metaphor of American life?)

Santa Monica is more upmarket but with the same very wide beach, without any discernable surf today. We asked a waiter if that was normal and he said they do get some waves for surfing at other times.

So after 3 months away what have been the highlights? Here is our list:

Best large city: Chicago (Safest: Toronto)

Best small  town: Delft

Best retreat: Papa Westray

Best seaside village: Morro Bay

Best meal: The Ledbury (London)

Best concert: Boston Symphony

Best opera: Boheme at The Met (NY)

Best musical: Miss Saigon (NY)

Best theatre: Oslo (London)

Best scenery: Niagara Falls

Best university campus: Brown (Providence)

Best public library: Boston

Best public transport: Los Angeles

Best coffee: Dublin

Best art gallery: Chicago (closely followed by Boston, Toronto and Dublin)

Best airport: Billy Bishop at Toronto

Best architecture: The Clark art gallery at Williamstown and the Disney Concert Hall in LA

Best cruise: the islands off Portland (Maine)

Best train ride: Santa Barbara to LA

Best plane flight: Westray to Papay

Best AirB&B: Delft (+ Providence)

Best B&B: Williamstown

Best guided tours: Toronto and Belfast

Best Halloween experience: Brooklyn

Best art experience: virtual reality at MIT

Best walk: Walden Pond

Best Fall colours: Stowe

Best street strolling: Portland

Best breakfast: Tinahelly B&B

However, after all that, we still call Australia home and wouldn’t choose to live anywhere else. In fact Geoff had said he will never travel outside of Australia again. After a while all large cities tend to be similar. We have been lucky to be able to travel to lots of beautiful places, but perhaps we can learn to be content with more virtual experiences in the future.



Previous: Hollywood, Hubbard and Humbug


Diary Photos

We got off a bus here, to transfer to a tram! (LA)

Venice canals.

Funny.

Venice (LA) canal house.

Venice canal house (LA).

Venice canal house front graden.

Yes!! (The art of being HOME).

Venice canals, LA.

Beautiful corner canal scene (Venice, LA).

Luminaries of Pantheism. Can you name them?

Tacky Venice Beach promenade.

As we strolled along the Venice Beach promenade.

Bay watch!

Venice, LA.

Venice Beach skate boarder.

Big, middle and little (skateboarders).

Over the rainbow. Santa Monica.

I say nothing. You should have seen the front view!!

Of course.

Venice, LSA.

I can here The Beach Boys singing Barbara Ann.

What was he saying?

We leave tacky Venice Beach for beautiful Santa Monica.

I wish.

Beach side America.

Santa Monica pier, and bike riding, roller skating, walking and jogging.

That will be our Cathay Pacific tonight.

Down dog in Santa Monica.

Peter: It isn't as good as our beaches.

Santa Monica. Who is she?

For Thomas.

A Tesla shop in Santa Monica.

Santa Monica pedestrian street mall

More green dinosaurs.

Santa Monica christmas.

Christmas is coming.

Peter at the bus stop in Santa Mnoica: time to go home.


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