Monday, October 25, 2010

Venice Canals Walkways

Near Venice Beach in California, one can stroll around this charming neighborhood of canals, walkways and bridges. I learned about the walkways on Tracy's blog, Life Is A Road Trip.










According to Wikipedia the man-made canals were built in 1905 and originally called "Venice of America".  The canal district fell into disrepair by 1940 and was finally renovated in 1992.  Today the walkways of this desirable well-maintained residential area are open to the public for free.

29 comments:

Tracy said...

What beautiful photos, Diane. This is truly one of my most favorite places! I "own" a couple of dream houses there. LOL. I hope you enjoyed it, too.

Diane AZ said...

Oh yes, we enjoyed it. I can vaguely recall glimpses of the canals in the 1960's, so glad to see the area revitalized.

Gaelyn said...

Considering how close the structures are it still looks cozy with the flowers, water, birds and walkways. Nice walk.

angryparsnip said...

In all my years in California, I wanted to go and just walk around Venice but never got a chance.
Thanks for the lovely tour.

cheers, parsnip

tom sullivan said...

Thanks again, for sharing your photos. They're very appealing.

BTW, did you see the article re the banning of rv parking in Venice Beach that I posted on fb?

cieldequimper said...

Now I know why it's called Venice! How lovely must a walk be along the water?!

Diane AZ said...

Cieldequimpe, Many of the little gardens have water fountains, so there is the sound of water "music" and birds as one strolls along...yes, very lovely.

Tom, indeed, I did see the article. Too bad there's not more room for campers in the area, because part of what attracts visitors to Venice Beach is watching street performers and enjoying art and culture of people who live at least part-time out of their vehicles. On the other hand, I can also sympathize with the local "permanent" residents.

Stephanie said...

Venice? I have only seen the city in pictures. The beautiful city inspires many! Over here, there are already two shopping complexes that have this concept but it's INDOOR canal.

ladyfi said...

What a lovely place - gorgeous reflections!

tom sullivan said...

Hi Diane. Sure, I sympathize also. But I'm glad you put 'permanent' in quotation marks, since many of the homeowners are likely to be relative newcomers, etc. I think they could be more accomodating. After all, they have the power.

Sylvia K said...

I'm really glad to see that Venice has been "rescued"! I haven't been there in a long, long time! It looks great now. Love your photos, they're delightful! Hope your week is off to a good start! Enjoy!

Sylvia

DoanLegacy said...

Wow..what an incredible and beautiful view! The reflection in the water is fantastic!

Loree said...

Quite appropriate that it's named Venice. It looks like a lovely aread.

Rajesh said...

Beautiful shots of the place. The reflection in water is very nice.

mARTy said...

so nice reflections!

Candy "Sweetstuff" said...

It is very unique place! I have been to Venice but have never gone to the canals. I believe there used to be more but not sure. I think they got rid of all but this area. I need to check this out. I bet the houses are pretty expensive along the canal.

rainfield61 said...

Your photos have well reflected the beauty of this place.

Martha Z said...

It looks like Venice has gone upscale since Aunt Jean took me there to the beach when I was a child. Back then it had become a bit run down.

The Retired One said...

Wonderful photos!

betchai said...

beautiful photos Diane, I don't think I have been there at all, I have been to Santa Monica and Venice Beach but not to this one, next time I am in the area, I'll try to get here,

Allison said...

THANK YOU! I saw a movie last year (maybe you saw it too, though I don't remember the title ...something about Valentine's Day and love), that was filmed in this area. At the time I wondered where that could be! A native of L.A., I had never seen this place before. Now I know, thanks to you! Just beautiful.

willie a.k.a reptoz said...

Beautiful scenery. Looks refreshing.

Through The Lens said...

Beautiful pictures! so lovely :)

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***Icy BC said...

These are beautiful views, and fantastic photos, Diane!

Lindy MacDuff said...

What a lovely place; gorgeous images!

J Bar said...

What a beautiful place.
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luvsclassics said...

Wow, Beautiful!

I'm adding Venice on my list of places to visit if I ever travel out west to California. For now, I'm an armchair traveler, taking in all the
scenic beauty.

Just love the canal photos with the bridge, aka "Bridge of Sighs" in the authentic Venice".

Have a great day!

Linda said...

Hi Diane,
Your Venice Beach photos are so lovely with the mirrored reflection! It looks like a nice place to visit. I love your family photos as well. Thanks for sharing!
Cheers, Linda

Self Sagacity said...

I son went here, he said it was so very nice! I haven't visited, or probably didn't go to the right places while in Southern CA.