The Pier, the Promenade, and the performers

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Under the Santa Monica Pier, while rollerblading I found this great new world!

I started off the day at this historic diner, Cafe 50's, looking exactly like a diner back in the those days.  I enjoyed the famous pancakes and the awesome milkshakes!!!

 

Today, I had the pleasure of meeting Karen, who took the time out of her busy schedule to show me around town a little, mostly around her neck of the woods, Santa Monica.  Personally, of all the places that I have seen so far, If I would ever move to LA I wouldn’t mind living here. 

 

In Santa Monica, they have everything... there is a great mix of shopping, restaurants, the beach is right next you, what more can you ask for.  We checked out 3rd St. Promenade, which is the main shopping, restaurant, entertainment section of Santa Monica, and then we walked to Santa Monica Pier.  Santa Monica Pier is great, it has restaurants, a rollercoaster, attractions and arcades for the kids, a great place to enjoy a weekend in LA.

Thanks a lot to Karen for showing me around!

 

Now, I wanted to do something very LA and so I decided to rollerblade from Venice Beach to Santa Monica Pier and back.  There is a special path that follows the beach, there for bicyclists, rollerbladers, and skateboarders alike.  There is something really cool about being able to skate down right next to the beach, enjoying the scenery, listening to your ipod, getting a tan all at the same time. J  I LOVE LA!!!

 

Let me tell you it wasn’t a piece of cake either, its 3.5 miles from Venice Beach to Santa Monica Pier one way.  But it was a whole lot of fun J

 

After the rollerbladding, I enjoyed diner at Bubba Gump Restaurant on Santa Monica Pier.  This place is a themed restaurant after the “Forrest Gump” movie, has great seafood, and has a wall dedicated to the movie for fans to check out.  They have behind the scenes photos from the movie shoot, and lots of interesting bits of information for those who are fans of the movie.

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