Main Street, Santa Monica
We walked past this building and I wished we had went in so please make a point to check it out. Inside the Senior Center they have saved a wonderful piece of Santa Monica's history. Inside is device called a camera abscura. There is a turret that holds the lens and mirror that reflects the light and image down to another mirror disk. There is a ships wheel that you can use to turn the lens turret 360 degrees. What a wonderful simple invention. Glad they have saved it all these years for people to enjoy!
Many know the pier and Third Street Promenade. More visitors are getting to know Main St, inlcuding myself. Santa Monica's Main Street is not quite like a typical one in the Americana tradition that is depicted.
While there is a small neighborhood market, some charming little restaurants, a general store or two and others common Main St. Americana shops, Santa Monica adds a unique flair . Overall, the architecture here is less Americana and more ecletic-international. The barber shop is quite chic, like a woman's salon. Eateries here like Chinois are ultra-trendy and expensive (no $2.00 power breakfast deals here).
Come here for the more local experience of the city. Quaint (yet still very pricey) homes are just steps away from the Main drag.
More pics to come of Main St. in Travelogues!
especially on Main St, but also at other locales around town!
On Sunday, Farmer's Market is a great way to spend the day, especially with the kids. There are usually crafts and pony rides which the little ones particularly enjoy. For breakfast fans, delight in the refreshments at the patio of Victorian, a gorgeously restaurant with lush gardenings. Of course, anyone can partake at the market to get an alternative lunch and be entertained musically. The Sunday market is from 9:30 AM- 1:30 PM. Other markets are on Wednesday (from 8:30- 1:30 aat Arizona/2nd St intersection; on a busy Saturday from 8:30-1:00 at Arizona/3rd (near Promenade) and also Sat at Pico from 8 AM-1PM)
Oh, gotta get my pics still but check out website!!
Great local boutiques on Main Street and Abbott Kinney. Live performers and shops on Third Street Promenade and Venice beach boardwalk. Surfing, rollerblading, jogging, nightlife, movies, fortune tellers. Sunset dance at the Pier. Bergamott Station for 33 galleries/museums. READ the free LA WEEKLY for current events.
People watching, easy going strolls, things to buy, eat, ride, or just look at.