We touched the sand at the beach, laughed, and remarked how great it was to visit here on a short airplane stopover!
Then we continued onwards towards the Santa Monica pier. There were many people here, and also musicians and artists, like with the 3rd Street Promenade. The pier was also home to a police station and an amusement park. The amusement park reminded me very much of Brighton, England (where there also is an amusement park on a pier).
The pier has a “special” significance in that it is the end of Route 66. There is a sign announcing the end of the route and also some displays.
In general, there was a lot to see here. A favourite moment was seeing a man with a megaphone spouting off words like “They will destroy all of humanity!” and carrying a sign saying “WE WILL ALL PERISH TRANSFORMERS ARE COMING”. This is one of the best advertisements I have seen.
Of course there was also a good view of the beach.
Walking back, we had dinner at an Italian restaurant called Boce di Beppe. We had some appetizers and shared a tossed salad, penne san remo, and an Italian supremo pizza. There was a lot of food and we were all really full. At the restaurant we also met up with more relatives. Afterwards we had to return to the airport and left on our flight to New Zealand at 9:00 PM.