Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Marina Del Rey, California, USA

Marina Del Rey Hotel
The trip from east coast Australia to east coast USA is much more enjoyable if you take a short break in LA. One of our favorite stopovers is the Marina Del Rey Hotel. We like to get out for long walks to Santa Monica via Venice Beach. We browse the bookstores, eat bagels and biscuits and Mexican fare, and take in the general scene along the way. If you were hoping to catch a wave you probably will be disappointed. Try "people watching" doesn't get any better than what you'll find on the Venice Beach walkway.

Hand-powered rakes
Santa Monica appears to have outlawed those wretched leaf blowing machines. We saw lots of people cleaning up with rakes and brooms. Let's hope more cities will follow this admirable example. The noisy, dust-making leaf blower is one of the most environmentally unfriendly machines on the planet today.

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