santa monica and the pier
10.03.2009 - 10.03.2009 68 °F
I was hoping to wake up early enough on Tuesday to make the free shuttle offered by the hostel, but unfortunately, I was just too tired for it. I eventually got going and took two buses over to the coast.
Oh. My. Gosh. Santa Monica was sooooo beautiful. Ah. First I took a look around the 3rd Street Promenade, where they have blocked off the entire street for a shopping district. Really really pretty. Then I went up 4th Street to a couple of cool vintage stores. These vintage stores also sell some new, unique clothes. I found a couple of items to put on hold but decided later that I was too tired to go back to buy them! Oh well.
Then I went over to the pier and it was great! I walked along the beach and pier and took lots of photos. I can't imagine how nice it would be to be able to go somewhere like this every weekend. Sigh. There were little shops and eateries along the pier. Plus, artists and musicians line the pier so it's fun to watch them as well. The aquarium was there too and I thought about going but didn't want to take more time. They also have a small amusement park on the pier, but it didn't look fully operational yet. Still gearing up for the summer season.
I was hungry and got a hotdog with cheese, fries and a coke... for almost $12. Little expensive here. As I was leaving, there was a group of girls on some sort of tour. One girl was talking to this guy on the other side of me. I kept walking, slightly annoyed with them being dumb teenagers, until I heard her say, "Are you really him???" He nodded. She screamed and asked for a photo with him. I kept watching the whole thing, but I'm not really sure who it was! I think it could have been Ashton Kutcher, but geez, it was hard to tell. All the other girls kept coming up to him and asking for photos so he WAS somebody. Just not somebody that I could easily recognize. Haha. I stopped for chocolate ice cream in a waffle cone and then headed back to town. I was sad to leave such a pretty area. Hopefully, next time, I'll get to see some of the other beach communities.