The Santa Monica Ferris Wheel

Day 5 – Santa Monica and Hollywood

Anthony Bourdain:

“Travel isn’t always pretty. It isn’t always comfortable. Sometimes it hurts, it even breaks your heart. But that’s okay. The journey changes you; it should change you. It leaves marks on your memory, on your consciousness, on your heart, and on your body. You take something with you. Hopefully, you leave something good behind.”

This is how Santa Monica presents itself to tourists:

Santa Monica was originally developed as a seaside retreat at the turn of the 20th century.

The Pacific Park -- for Amusement
The Pacific Park — for Amusement

The railroad owners built the first version of the amusement park on Santa Monica pier as an attraction to fill empty train seats on weekends.

Santa Monica grew into an urban, eclectic, and prosperous beach city whose real estate values are amongst the most pricey in the world. Santa Monica is a very desirable city whose people are drawn to its accessibility and its progressiveness as a community. Today, Santa Monica is a mixture of very affluent, single-family neighborhoods, renters drawn by the high quality of life, lifelong surfers, young professionals and students.

To a grown-up tourist, the experience is somewhat lacking in interest:

End of the Iconic Route 66
End of the Iconic Route 66

 

The Santa Monica Pier shows off its famous Ferris Wheel and that’s all.

 

The Santa Monica Ferris Wheel
The Santa Monica Ferris Wheel

Apart from the worn-down Pier, there is not much to look for if you come here in april. Looks more or less like everything is closed.

No Baywatch - no red swimsuites
No Baywatch – no red swimsuites
No Open Restaurants
No Open Restaurants

 

There is but one main shopping and restaurant street and nothing much to see.

Santa Monica - main shopping and restaurant street
Santa Monica – main shopping and restaurant street
Guess who's in charge of this street
Guess who’s in charge of this street

 Maybe a day-trip from Santa Monica to Hollywood is a good idea?:

 

 

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