Santa Monica Pier

We touched the sand at the beach, laughed, and remarked how great it was to visit here on a short airplane stopover!

Heading to the beach!
Heading to the beach!
Sand!
Sand!

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).

Santa Monica police station
Santa Monica police station
Bright colours decorating the amusement park
Bright colours decorating the amusement park
Ferris wheel on the pier
Ferris wheel on the 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.

Some displays regarding route 66
Some displays regarding route 66
The end of Route 66 sign
The end of Route 66 sign

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.

The end of the world
The end of the world

Of course there was also a good view of the beach.

A view of the beach and its crowds
A view of the beach and its crowds

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.

The traditional postcard picture

Travel to Los Angeles

We left home today at about 8:30 AM to head for the airport. There were few people in the lineups, so we got to our boarding gate fairly early for our flight to Los Angeles (LAX). I played a bit on my new iPad, then we boarded the plane at about 10:55 AM on flight AC570. During the flight, I drank orange juice and watched the movie “The Green Lantern”. We landed in Los Angeles at about 2:00 PM.

We had a very long stopover in LA. We started looking in a few shops before settling down to wait in the seats at the gate. Suddenly, my dad’s cousin Selwyn called and said he was coming to pick us up and take us to the beach! Selwyn drove us to Santa Monica, and we walked down the 3rd Street Promenade. This street is for pedestrians only, and is lined with many shops. There were also many singers and musicians performing their work, a puppeteer, and a crazy break dancer.

The 3rd Street Promenade
A walk down the 3rd Street Promenade
Break dancer
A break dancer giving a show on the street

Perhaps one of my favourite things about the 3rd Street Promenade were the many dinosaur bush fountains lining the walkway.

A Pair of Brontosaurus
A pair of brontosaurus bush fountains. Although you can’t really see in the picture very well, they have teeth!
A Stegosaurus Bush Fountain
A stegosaurus bush fountain
A triceratops bush fountain

It was very warm, lush, and sunny here. After walking down to the end of the promenade, we walked towards the beach.

Passing by a cannon
Passing by a cannon amidst palm trees on our walk to the beach
The beach in sight!
The beach in sight!

Quite an exciting airport stopover this is turning out to be!