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Old Posted Oct 14, 2019, 4:00 PM
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gee it's not hard to spend a nice saturday in santa monica

santa monica, ca


farmers market, pacific palisades stair streets hike, eames case study houses, beach, pier -- enjoy!





































































































































hiking around the pacific palisades stair streets

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https://travel-monkey.net/2018/04/01...fic-palisades/

































































eames case study houses


reserve your visit in advance -- more:
https://eamesfoundation.org/visit/how-to-visit/














































































































to the beach and more santa monica ...




















































































































































and that’s all for now .... back down to venice …








*** i hope you enjoyed a look around santa monica over this past spring/easter weekend ***
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Nicely done! you covered a lot of area. Hopefully the overcast burned off for you eventually
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In general looks very desolate for usually-busy Downtown Santa Monica. What time of year were these taken? Looks like winter no?
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I have never in my 55 years seen Santa Monica so empty, was this Christmas Day? Since the Expo Line opened, that train station has always been crowded every time I’m in the area, it looks so weird empty.
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Old Posted Oct 14, 2019, 11:37 PM
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^ lol what time do you guys roll out of bed?

but seriously, yes it was a holiday — the day started very early saturday morning on easter weekend.

i actually came out the day before via the train from union station — i had lots of transit pics, but lost them due to photobucket problems unfortunately.


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Nicely done! you covered a lot of area. Hopefully the overcast burned off for you eventually
yes it did. i chillaxed for awhile on the roofdeck of this place below for lunch, had a celebrity sighting in there, demi moore & posse, haha, and got a little sunburned as it was day one of the visit.

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Old Posted Oct 15, 2019, 1:25 AM
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Love me some Santa Monica! Spent the 4th of July through the following weekend there this year and really enjoyed it! (though the July 5 earthquake was unsettling as I was dining in downtown Santa Monica at the time and the building was really swaying back & forth).
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Looks real funky. I like the modernism house.
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Looks real funky. I like the modernism house.
you are in luck because a big part of the trip was touring modernist houses, so stay tuned for more los angeles neighborhood threads.
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Cool pics but California cloudy? Anyways I like these "broccoli" trees :



Anybody know what they are really called?
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Old Posted Oct 15, 2019, 2:48 PM
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^ yeah oceany/spring cloudy early in the morning -- then after the eames houses visit it got sunny in the afternoon.

i believe those are ficus trees -- if i remember correctly. they sure make an impression around downtown!
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Nice shots of a favorite part of greater LA. I usually stay with friends in Pacific Palisades when I'm down there, so Santa Monica is like "going into town".

Those sculpted trees are indeed Ficus, the two most common varieties are Ficus microcarpa nitida and Ficus microcarpa retusa but both are often called Chinese banyan or Indian laurel fig.
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^ i really enjoyed the stair streets up there. i had no idea about that. i sort of found out at the last minute. glad i did it was cool.
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Not really what I expected, in a good way. My only experiences of Southern California are of living briefly in Orange County and then visiting LA a few times (friends in Echo Park area). It put a bad taste in my mouth about the place for a long time, but I'm really wanting to go back and see the coastal stretch from Santa Monica on out to Santa Barbara. Thanks for the photo tour. I particularly appreciate some of the art deco gems.
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Not really what I expected, in a good way. My only experiences of Southern California are of living briefly in Orange County and then visiting LA a few times (friends in Echo Park area). It put a bad taste in my mouth about the place for a long time, but I'm really wanting to go back and see the coastal stretch from Santa Monica on out to Santa Barbara. Thanks for the photo tour. I particularly appreciate some of the art deco gems.
I make that drive every Sunday and Monday, it is spectacular. It doesn't get old.
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^ yeah oceany/spring cloudy early in the morning -- then after the eames houses visit it got sunny in the afternoon.

i believe those are ficus trees -- if i remember correctly. they sure make an impression around downtown!
Ficus make great street trees, in most of the country they only know Ficus' as a houseplant...
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very nice. if you ever have a chance, grab a drink at the huntley hotel in downtown santa monica on the top floor at sunset for ultimate socal vibes.
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^ thx for the tip. the huntley was a consideration, but it was only day one and after a long day of hiking around and the pier crowds i was schweaty and wiped out, so i took the bus back down to venice where i was staying. i think i did go out later in venice tho, to the brig.
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Thank you for this collection, you covered a lot of ground in the city. Did you get to enter the case study house?
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^ thank you -- and to answer your question there are separate and only occasional tours of the interior of the eames case study houses.

it's only 5 or 10 bucks to visit the grounds, you have to reserve well in advance, but it is highly recommended! however, unfortunately and as with many of the modernist los angeles homes, the interior tours are rare and very, very expensive.

in fact, you are not even allowed to take pics of the eames interiors, you have to take them from a distance (so the couple i have above are bootleg) --- i can understand that rule in part as aside from image rights they want to protect the glass windows from clinking camera scratches and slobber lol.
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