We decided to take a stroll down Venice Beach boardwalk Monday. Drove down Lincoln Blvd. at 1:30 pm, turning onto Sunset Ave. toward Venice Beach. We found street parking (free) around 6th St. Empty lot next to the car had some freshly painted over Crips graffiti on the fence, so this neighborhood would not be a good place to park at night, IMO. Walked the 6 blocks to the boardwalk, which was full of people.
All the restaurants were full, lots of people out enjoying the perfect day. The cheap, junky baubles along the beach side of the street have been replaced with vendors selling art, dream catchers, and other items. I think the quality of the stuff there was better then when I went Christmas eve day, but it all got pretty repetitive after a while. There were none of the obnoxious young men trying to get you to buy their CDs. Several folks dressed in green telling you "the doctor is in."
Shopkeepers were a little less annoying than December, too, allowing you to pick up and look at the tee shirts without rushing over, taking them from you, and folding them (that really happened).
There was a body building event going on with lots of spray tanned, bikini clad young women trying to get people to buy sports equipment/accessories. Also a body building contest, but it is very hard to see anything through the fence. It gets pretty narrow at that area so it's quite difficult to stand and watch the action.
Only 1 street performer group, who have been there a long time. They are guys from the Caribbean who tell jokes and do tumbling routines. I was disappointed to see that they were the only street performers, so stand by my opinion that the good ones have moved on. A couple of street musicians who were quite good.
Lots of police: bike, horse and on foot.
It seemed that everyone was looking for something to do and see and, other than the one spot with the body builders, there just wasn't anything but other people looking for something to do and/or see! In fact, one "vendor" just had his dog in a bikini, lying on her back the whole time we were there. This "performance" had a crowd both times we passed. If that can draw a crowd, I think the boardwalk visitors were quite starved for something to look at!
Long lines at the stalls selling pizza and hotdogs, extremely long lines at the foul smelling restrooms.
It was a good, long walk, though, and on a spectacularly beautiful day. I think my favorite part is walking up the little pedestrian only streets. In fact, it was pretty silent once off the boardwalk on those walk streets and it was fun to look at the gardens and beach houses. Worked up an appetite for the barbeque we cooked at home.
Hope you all had a nice Memorial Day weekend, too.