the other venice.

27 Jul

Going along with the theme of playing tourist in LA last week, my Dad and I also made a pit-stop in wacky Venice Beach. No, not the Venice whose city is flooding in Italy. Funky, touristy, beach-adjacent Venice.

venetian canals.

not this venice.

It had been years since I’d last been to Venice – which is strange considering I’ve spent a lot more time in neighboring Santa Monica. My Dad had the day off and I wanted to check out a mural my brother talked about – so we headed to Venice.

so-cal's venentian canals.

garlic rolls at C&O Trattoria.

We checked out the murals – all of them appear to be done by one (very talented) artist, R. Cronk. I think it’s cool that street art is incorporated into and sets the vibe of the city!

Venice Reconstituted, 1989, R. Cronk

R. Cronk, self portrait - detail from Venice Beach, 1990

Homage to A Starry Night, 1990

Venice Chorus Line, R. Cronk

We walked around and took in the craziness of the tourist scene: the numerous marijuana “doctors” and eager patients, street performers, weightlifters at Muscle Beach, and of course, people from all walks of life. It was sort of nuts – but if you’re new to LA I can definitely see why it was so appealing. Before we left, I had one final mission.

look carefully...

I’d heard rumors that there was a Space Invader along Ocean Front Walk, so I scanned the area and narrowed in on where I thought it was located. And, lo and behold, there it was, incorporated into the mosaics of the public restroom. Winning!

(damaged) Space Invader in Venice!

So happy I was able to see that – Space Invader is probably my favorite street artist. Overall, Venice was a fun day-trip for my Dad and me – it’s undoubtedly different than that other Venice, but epic in its own right.

Quirky question: Has anyone else visited a city that has a European counterpart? Paris, Texas or anything like that? How did it compare?

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8 Responses to “the other venice.”

  1. thisblonde July 27, 2011 at 7:02 pm #

    I live in a counterpart! Bethlehem, Pennsylvania is nowhere near Bethlehem, Israel .. but you can imagine the amount of Jesus jokes we get. Interestingly enough we are known as “The Christmas City” 🙂

    • gillian July 27, 2011 at 7:10 pm #

      That’s awesome! I can only imagine the Christmas jokes! But I bet there’s some pretty awesome Nativity scenes in Bethlehem, PA!

      Sent from my iPhone

  2. Kaley [Y Mucho Más] July 27, 2011 at 7:50 pm #

    I’ve been to Brazil, IN. NOTHING like the real Brazil, I’m sure. There is also a Paris, Illinois, that my friends used to live in. Versailles, KY, is also very dissimilar to the real deal. (Also pronounced Ver-sales. Ew.)

    • gillian July 27, 2011 at 9:39 pm #

      This is so great! Who knew all of these “counterparts” existed. Ver-sales, Kentucky – that is truly a travesty. I remember being BLOWN AWAY when I found out there was a Paris that wasn’t in France…it’s a lot to live up to!

  3. Kristen - Anywhere There's An Airport July 28, 2011 at 12:57 am #

    Venice – CA is nothing like Venice – Italy… but still wonderful nonetheless. I mean, could anything really be like the true Venice? Venice, CA is however, absolutely beautiful and I can’t wait to visit again now that I have been to the original 🙂 I love all of your exploring so close to home!

    • gillian July 28, 2011 at 9:37 am #

      Thanks! I’ve been trying to maximize my downtime before law school 🙂 Venice, Italy is totally other-worldly…but I guess so is Venice, CA!

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