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Solitary Walk: Venice Canals

Visiting the Katimbang family (see post before this), I went to San Diego this weekend. It was a four-day staycation for me. I was also touring around California our old-time friend we’ve known way back when we were all in Missisippi. While I thoroughly enjoyed the company that I don’t normally get, my travel opportunities, however, became limited. Frankly speaking, it was quite frustrating. I dare not to elaborate further not to sound such a very mean tattletale. Let’s just say that I didn’t get anywhere on my destination plans in San Diego. Anyhow, the disappointment were replaced with great conversations of new and old times. I guess, it still worth the long drive. Traveling with group sure has the “inner” benefits, but in all physicality, going solo gives you umpteen possibilities and freedom. See my post here about traveling in groups vs. solo – Lost in Paris.

With the aching, rising price of gas and the long hours on the road, I just couldn’t bare the thought of getting nowhere after three days of staycation. Going back home, in Los Angeles, I tried to cover LACMA but got there too late with too little to see. Knowing me, I just don’t give up that easily. I continued on. I punched in another address on the GPS and I was ready to roll again. When we got there, I told my good old friend to wait in the car handing him my iPad so he has something to do. I already took him to Santa Monica, Chinatown, Griffith Park, Fairoaks Pharmacy, Mission Beach and La Jolla. I’m sure he understood.

I went for a solitary walk in Venice Canals. The good riddance, perhaps selfishness or rudeness for some, was all worth it. It can easily be one of the top best solitary walks I had in my entire travel days of all-time.

Yes, the Venice Canals in California is set-up to resemble the one in Italy. Only this is a high-end part of Los Angeles. Not of historical signifance scenes than its predecessor, and no gondolas in sight, the scenery here is then beautified with glamour, stylish houses, gardens, trees, cemented and wooden bridges, and varieties of paddle boats.


These are the only passengers I saw on these boats.

I ran so quickly I tripped three times, bumped into two people blocking my way where one of which, I pushed to the water, dropped one of my lenses, just so then I could get on top of the bridge to catch this shot.

I was, of course, just joshing. I stood on the bridge and waited eagerly and patiently for that shot above. This one below, however, was a serendipitous sighting.

The lanterns that are hanging from a tree lit up, telling me I should go back now and get back to my friend I left so horribly inside the car. He did like the Hollywood sign and Santa Monica for those are popular, but I don’t think he had the same interest in seeing these views.

 

This post is part of Weekly Photo Challenge: Solitary.
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Italy and California?

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Though I didn’t anywhere in San Diego while traveling in group, this bookending solitary moment completely made up for it. With this scenery, I was certainly relieved.

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  1. I’ve like most of what you’ve written and photoed. But I love this post. Maybe because as you know, I take many a solitary walk, but it was much more. The photographs were amazing and the story behind them was perfect. Thank you for sharing my blog as well. But please know, I love this post not because you mentioned me, I love this post for it’s merit as an amazing post.

  2. I’ve been to several places in California, but never to Venice. Very nice. I think I would love living there. Nice shots btw! Hope you’re having a good Wednesday! 🙂

      • I will make sure to go visit there. I might head over to Cali sometime and when I do, I’ll be sure to stop by Venice and walk around. It seems like such a magical little place far away from the hustle and bustle of LA.

  3. These photos are over the top! I know what you mean about a solitary walk or hike. It is amazing what you see when you are by yourself, no distractions. 🙂

    • You should go here. I know these are not forests and cliffs and the beach, but just the natural feel and the atmosphere gives you a nice stroll. It really is one of the bests I had.

      • By the time we get back to San Diego I think we will have had our fill of forests and cliffs and will be ready for some “city” stuff. I am saying that after a 12 mile hike today. We are beat! 🙂

  4. Beautiful! I love Venice and have never been there to experience it without crowds! So you really did outdo yourself, I think. I must go again soon and experience it more closely to what you’ve shown me. Just great! I really do understand what you mean about traveling with others. My husband is patient and encourages me, even helps, so he makes the cut! 🙂 But when with friends or even other family members I always feel like I’m holding them back, because I want to take photos and not feel rushed, or the opposite, I want to take off and explore and they don’t. There’s a balance, I’m sure.

    I live very close to the Fair Oaks Pharmacy…are you talking South Pasadena? The soda fountain? You gave me a chuckle! Debra

    • Yup! Same interest makes the difference when it comes to traveling in group. Or at least make a solid plan, lateral decision. One of my mistakes is not set my intentions for that weekend.

      YES! Fair Oaks Pharmacy in Pasadena is my most favorite hang-out in LA. Take a clear note, not just one of my mosts, but IS my most favorite hang-out. I love it there. Although, that weekend they only have Halloween displays. I like their Route 66 memorabilia better. I have a post about it, and other Route 66 stops.

      Yikes! I was there on a Monday so there was no crowd at all. People were strolling there, but one at a time. It was so perfect for a solitary walk.

      I’ve been dying to go to LACMA. If I would’ve got there even just an hour earlier, it would had been just fine. Just like your post, I only got the mass and the lights. I’ll get there, I swear. I won’t let a museum kick my …..

  5. I love those Venice Canals pics. I haven’t been there in a while, but looks like I’m going to have to go exploring soon. It’s looked like a nice walk. I need me some nice in my life right now. Good post.

    • I was there on a weekday around 5:30 – 7:00 pm. Not a crowd in sight. I’m sure if you make it there early, it’d be the same thing.
      Or, I always find any beach or hiking a serenity leisure time. 😉

  6. I will definitely read you Group vs. Solo travel… The older I get the more I realize large groups suck (when traveling)! However, I have never been a fan of doing things solo, but I feel as though I must try.
    Great photos by the way.

  7. The hummingbird shot is out of this world! Amazing!

    I’d love to invite you to participate in a new weekly photo challenge!

    Our Wild Weekly Photo Challenge encourages bloggers to head into the wild (or the backyard) and photograph something outdoors that they feel fits the weekly theme. Our current theme for this week is “Fall”

    http://www.letsbewild.com/photo-challenge/

    • I’m very honored for the invite. So so flattered. But, an awful but, as you can tell, this is my WPC entry for Solitary. I’m way way behind. I couldn’t keep up, but have to continue to endure the challenge. I’m so sorry, I can’t handle more. But, a happy but, I will keep a close eye to all the entries as I always do with other photo and writing challenges. I’m sure it will be successful. I promise I’ll keep myself posted. 😀 Thank You.

  8. I had lived in this area for 12 years and been to Venice Beach numerous times before I ever knew there were canals there. I spoke with a local when I stumbled upon them, and according to him, the canal zone used to comprise much more of Venice–five times more than it does currently. One of the mayors around the 50’s decided that Venice had to conform to the commercial needs of Los Angeles and filled them in as streets. I don’t know if it’s true, but it does follow LA’s standard folly. It’s sad to think someone would destroy such a place.

      • I see. Oh Change, you can really be such a criminal sometimes. What a pleasure that would be to take a stroll to this sceneries 10 times more than it is now. You know what though, looking at the bright side, at least they left some parts of it for us to relive that old moments.

        Thanks for info and the visit.

        Thanks for the visit.

  9. Ohhhh! I was your 100th like! I should get a gold star. 🙂

    You! You amaze me. And you are so humble. Your photography is outstanding. I LOVE the canoes and the reflections.

    Then? You had to blow me to bits with your stunning hummingbird shot.

    I soooo want to be there. California is my place and catching a hummingbird in flight is a dream of mine.

    Awesome job!

    • Weee! 100 likes already. I think Luann was right about the commenting that I went over the top with this one. I think it’s the product of when I didn’t get anywhere during my visit to San Diego. Bwahahaha.
      This is my second lucky hummingbird encounter. Keep your eyes and ears peeled! Or, find those, whatchamacallit, those things that they hang to attract hummingbirds.

      • Yes, I have one of those. In my BIG window, it’s a ginormous window. Yummy food. Guess where they go? Next door. To THEIR feeder. Why? Why not the one I can get pics from? These hummingbirds. They no likey my lens. 🙂

  10. Amazing photos!! It makes my heart so happy that you took the time to stroll through one of the most special places on earth (in my humble opinion). I’ve mentioned the Canals quite a bit in the Venice edition of my blog recently as well. Love to take visitors there. Keep it up!

    • Venice Canals, to me, is not grand in size or Uniqueness or whoa factors. But it certainly is, like you said, something special. Thanks for the visit and the comment.

  11. I’ve been to the Venice canals often and they are perfect for a solitary walk as well as a walk with a significant other! Your photos are gorgeous and make me want to go back. With my camera.

  12. Your images make one feel as if we shared the walk together. Very beautiful, but oh, the hummingbird! What a delight and special find!

    Thank you for the “follow” on my blog. My images are not in the same league as yours but I hope you will enjoy my posts. 🙂

  13. I used to live on the Venice, California, Canals back in the 1960’s. I’ve always loved them and especially now since they’ve been upgraded to be an elite section of the city. Lovely photos.

    • I would LOVE to live there. I was having a wishful thinking when I was there. The houses are very stylish ….. and look very expensive. Must be fulfilling and satisfying even for just the idea that you are residing in a sophiscated part of the city. I choose it over the ones in high cliffs. 😀

  14. Hi there, I’ve never been to either Venice and really enjoyed viewing this one through your lens. Beautiful place, well represented in your photos. Just a lovely area, must be really expensive upmarket place. Thanks for sharing.

  15. Heh Rommel, I was glancing over your Venice Canal photos, they are awesome . I’m sitting here in Georgia looking at your photos and feeling a little home sick. I like your photos because they are nice and crisp and sharp with terrific exposure. Good job.

      • I’ll try and take some and post them. It is much different here, mind you I lived in California for 40 years. I’ve only been here for a few short stays but now I’ll probably be here for a longer time. We have a house in escrow on the lake at Clark Hill. We have a private dock so hopfully we will be on the lake fishing. Jim

  16. classic greats Rommel, the shot of the little gated dock, with purple flowers and it looked like a little bird house..superb…and the ducks with the ducks…so adorable, and my favorite of course the hummingbird!!! just awesome! I can feel the velvet flowers!!! 🙂

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