The contrast between the little village of Solvang and the big city of LA was a shock to the system.
I can see now why Tour Guide and mom decided to Not get a rental car when their coach tour was cancelled.
We have deviated from staying in hotels for this stop. A trendy apartment in a modern block was our retreat for the 4 nights in Santa Monica. (And it looks like mom could have decorated it with it's white leather couch and pops of red).
After many many (many many) miles, driver need a day to decompress. Luckily the trendy apartment has a pool and hot tub in the complex. We decided to spend the first day in Santa Monica just lazing by the pool, catching up on email, laundry and the like.
We braved the traffic and went down to the shopping mall know as 3rd Ave
here we window shopped and, as we did in Solvang, held up a huge shoe.
Next, we went to Santa Monica pier.
The beach here is incredible. This is where the TV show, Bay Watch was filmed.
And the movie it's most famous for is Forest Gump.
Then off to Venice Beach
This was such an experience that we could not even take pictures for fear of loosing our friends. So here are 2 picture we can share.
And the outdoor beach where Arnold Schwarzenegger worked out. Exhausted, we headed back to the apartment and the pool.