Thursday, May 09, 2013
Friday, June 22, 2012
|Santa Cruz Beach and Boardwalk|
|Santa Cruz Pier|
|Beach Volly Ball Courts|
|Beach volly ball for everyone|
|Santa Cruz Boardwalk cable chairs|
|Santa Cruz Boardwalk Carousel|
|Santa Cruz Sea Lions snoozing on their favorite island rock|
|Santa Cruz natural coastline|
|Gray Whale skeleton - National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)|
|Blue Whale skeleton (NOAA)|
|Brown Pelicans in flight over the ocean|
Tuesday, August 09, 2011
A quaint pair of rail-cars provide transport up the steep incline from the Grand Central Markets on Hill Street to California Plaza on Bunker Hill.
If you have already read the novel "Angels Flight" by Michael Connelly you'll enjoy the ride a whole lot more. Quoting from the backcover of the book: "An activist attorney is killed in a cute little L.A. trolley called Angels Flight, far from Harry Bosch's Hollywood turf. But the case is so explosive - and the dead man's enemies inside the L.A.P.D. are so numerous - that it falls to Harry to solve it. Now the streets are superheating......"
Michael Connelly provides an excellent description through the eyes of Harry Bosch:
"Bosch had ridden the inclined railroad as a kid and had studied how it worked. He still remembered. The two matching cars were counterbalanced. When one went up the side-by-side tracks the other went down, and vice versa. They passed each other at the mid-point. He remembered riding on Angels Flight long before Bunker Hill had been reborn as a slick business center of glass and marble towers, classy condominiums and apartments, museums, and fountains referred to as water gardens. Back then the hill had been a place of once-grand Victorian homes turned into tired-looking rooming houses. Harry and his mother had taken Angels Flight up the hill to look for a place to live." page 11.
Sunday, August 07, 2011
In late July, warning signs on the front of the LA Times newspaper and on the sides of the Big Blue Buses of Santa Monica advertised the arrival of mischievous smurfs to LA cinemas.
Santa Monica Place took the hype further by being home to this monstrously large smurf.
I haven't seen the 3-D movie yet, but I did fall victim to the advertising efforts and bought some really cute figurines and soft-toy smurfs from a toy shop in downtown LA - in the Macy's building - to take home as gifts.
The Catalina Casino building is not a casino, it is an entertainment center that dates back to 1929. Through the 1930s and 1940s the Casino Ballroom was a favorite venue for many of the Big Bands.
The Casino Art Gallery, Avalon Theatre, and Catalina Island Museum are also located in the Casino Building.
This glorious Catalina icon is as tall as a 12-story building.
The boat ride from Marina Del Rey to Saint Catalina Island takes about 2 hours. Depending on the weather, it can be a rough voyage. But the beauty and majesty of the sea-life you may encounter on the journey is worth taking the chance of motion sickness. On a clear day in early August we saw scores of dolphins and a couple of enormous blue whales.
Once you arrive on the island, you can kick back and relax on the beach, snorkel, scuba dive, rent a boat, rent a golf cart, or take a tour.
When you get hungry there are lots of cafes, pubs and restaurants to choose from.
Catalina day-trippers from Marina Del Rey have to be ready to leave the island by 5 pm