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Although Venice is famous because of the beach we wanted to see the real town, where the people live. In case you didn’t already guess like Venice in Italy there are canal here too!
Abbot Kinney was a millionaire that wanted to create an area that would like like the original Venice. At beginning of 20th century he spent a lot of money to make his dream come true (by draining the marshland and digging the canals) and at the beginning there were even gondolas on the canals! It was like a theme park actually. In the midlle of 20th century the area was already kind of abandoned, the hippies arrived in the 60s and it was just the last 2 decades that the area rediscovered and a big renovation begun. In our days, the houses here are extremely expensive, that’s why some of the owener are famous super stars of entertainemt industry, doctors etc
Walking around there was so relaxing, we saw some beautiful houses located next to the canals and we walked over several cute small foot bridges. Very charming for sure but of course there’s no comparison with the real Venice. It’s just a district here, ok? :)
The Canals of Venice (Beach)
So it may not be Italy, but California's Venice has some canals of its own. Head west on south Venice Blvd til you hit Pacific Avenue. The canals will be on your left. Find a place to park in the surrounding residential neighborhoods.
It's a great place for a quiet walk on a warm day. The canals are lined with houses--its strictly a residential area, but it's absolutely adorable and a really great escape from the hecticness of the rest of the city. And since it's a neighborhood and a bit off the beaten path, It's not as crowded as the nearby beach areas. There's also some great restaurants and things to do in the surrounding area, so once you've worked up an appetite, you can head over a few blocks for a bite to eat. Highly recommended.
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