Sun Comes Up On The Santa Monica Boulevarde
Sun Comes Up On The Santa Monica Boulevarde

Sun Comes Up On The Santa Monica Boulevarde

“All I wanna do is have some fun
I got a feeling I’m not the only one
All I wanna do is have some fun
I got a feeling I’m not the only one
All I wanna do is have some fun
Until the sun comes up over
Santa Monica Boulevard”

Santa Monica Entrance

Santa Monica Entrance

There’s no prize for guessing where we are today after my clue in the above song lyrics. Sheryl Crow had a hit with “All I wanna do” in 1992 with this song about Santa Monica. Since then, anytime I think about Santa Monica the song comes to mind, and here we are now. I’m strolling down Santa Monica Boulevard, humming the tune and taking in the atmosphere.

Santa Monica Beach

Santa Monica Beach

We made the epic drive from Vegas to Los Angeles and our prize was a glorious sunset over the Santa Monica pier. It’s a little surreal seeing the sun go down over the water in the evening, the reverse of what we experience in Australia.

It’s Spring break in America so everyone here has that holiday vibe about them. The alfresco bars on the boulevard are filling up whilst other people can still be seen on the beach making the most of the last remaining light.

Sunset over Santa MonicaSunset over Santa Monica

Sunset over Santa Monica

The Santa Monica pier is busy with couples, families and teenagers all laughing and chatting whilst enjoying the mild weather and carnival atmosphere.  A lot of the buildings on the Pier have a lovely art deco feel. The Hippodrome was actually built in 1916. Now it houses the historic carousel and little children can be heard giggling as they ride the hand carved horses. Nearby there is a vintage soda fountain which also adds to the feeling of the period.

Santa Monica Carnival Pier

Santa Monica Carnival Pier

The whole experience is larger than life. I took a deep breath in and could smell the salt in the air. We walked further out on the pier and saw buskers performing as the wooden roller coaster thundered overhead. The blur of the Ferris Wheel lights added  yet another element to the scene.

Busker at Santa Monica Pier1

Busker at Santa Monica Pier1

I’d like to say we watched the surfers getting their last wave of the day, but there weren’t too many waves on offer.

By the time we completed our walk the restaurants on the pier were getting quite busy. I noticed one called Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. You may remember the Santa Monica Pier for its role in the Forrest Gump movie. Forrest runs across America and back again and the pier is featured in the movie. Now there’s a Bubba Gump Shrimp Co franchise restaurant on the pier for Forrest Gump fans. Yes, only in America would this happen!

Bubba Gump Shrimp Santa Monica

Bubba Gump Shrimp Santa Monica

I checked out the menu and it was mostly prawn dishes as expected.  There were some Cajun and Southern Style dishes too. After spending 5 days in Vegas where everything except the bar stools were deep fried, I was looking for a healthier meal, perhaps even vegan and raw!

Santa Monica Pier

Santa Monica Pier

After just a brief walk on the pier, and along the famous boulevard Santa Monica is already everything I had hoped it would be. I am looking forward to doing a lot more exploring tomorrow.

 

 

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  1. I love Santa Monica, last time we were in LA we stayed at at the Shangri-La Hotel, fabulous art deco property – just across the road was the most superb whole foods restaurant (as the Californians do so well…) – it was called Tender Greens, I am still dreaming about their soups and salads… yum x

  2. Aww we didn’t get much time to spend on Santa Monica pier which was a shame. Love your shot of the rollercoaster at dusk though!

  3. Interesting finds and great views!!! Hehe, Sheryl Crow and that song! My high school life!!!

  4. Beautiful pics Julie-really shows the atmosphere. Glad you are having such a good time 🙂

  5. Seana Smith :

    Ah, you’ve taken me way, way back to the early 1990s when I did a trip around California and hung out down there, I think we stayed in a hotel in Santa Monica too. Happy days, love the reminiscing that reading a blog gives, and the wee spark of an idea to get back there.

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