Monday, January 5, 2009

Venice


My daughter and I drove to Venice on Saturday afternoon. Once you cross the bridge you find yourself on a tree lined boulevard filled with a variety of stores and restaurants.

Here's the city hall.

In the spring the street is closed for an arts and crafts show. Further on down, is Deborah's Quilt Basket of which I forgot to take a picture. It's a great fabric store with a nice assortment of fabrics.

Venice has a quaint feel with its low buildings and tree lined streets. The town was built mainly in the 1920s utilizing urban planning before this was even popular. While you can't tell from my pictures, most of the buildings were constructed using Northern Italian Renaissance architecture. Venice was in the news in 2001 as 3 of the WTC 9/11 terrorists took flight lessons at the local airport while living in Venice.

If you drive to the end of the boulevard you come to Venice Beach which has the reputation as being the Shark Tooth Capital of the World! With a bit of diligence you can find fossilized shark teeth in the sand. We decided to go to Caspersen Beach which is usually a little less crowded and also has shark's teeth!

Wonder who made these?

Willets! We followed these guys down the beach.

It's always amazing how close you can get to them.

After about an hour they took off.

The water was very cold about 65 degrees. I love the beach in Winter.

Back to Venice for dinner and a look at the shops. Most were still decorated for Christmas.

This window seemed particularly pretty.

As well as this one.



The end of a delightful day, hope you enjoyed the photos!

2 comments:

Jackie said...

Hi Marianne, Thank you for the tour of Venice. It looks like a great place to visit. I have never been there, I have to say, I love the beach! Don't forget to stop by my blog for my giveaway open until the 9th!!

Natalie said...

Ooooh... looks fun ;)