Venice Beach and Santa Monica Pier

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The train arrived 1 hour early, but Victoria had called and said she would be about 3 hours late arriving from San Francisco. I made my way to LAX airport and picked up the rental car. She arrived around 11:15am and we drove down Hollywood Blvd for some sightseeing before heading for Venice Beach.

Saw Mann's Chinese Theatre, but couldn't get to the famous cement hand and footprints because they were setting up for the premiere of Mission Impossible 3 at 7PM. Elvis was nice enough to be out and mingle with the crowd.

Venice Beach is known world wide for its strange residents who set up shop along the walkway and also for the vintage surf shops. Muscle Beach is at the end of Venice Beach, although no one was currently working out on the equipment when we were there.

Met up with Judy, Victoria's friend and we headed to Santa Monica Pier for dinner. Ate at Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. Restaurant. Our waiter was Jordan and he kept us very entertained for the 2 hours of so we were there. Food was very good and the atmosphere is extremely fun.

After dinner, we strolled along the pier and played a few arcade games. Drove Judy to her car and headed to the hotel in Burbank.
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