Around the World in 80 Days
Day 64: 27 November
To breakfast at the Sidewalk Café on Venice Beach. At the turn of the century a rich man decided, as rich men do in Los Angeles, to spend an awful lot of money to recreate something that already existed elsewhere, in this case Venice. Unfortunately Abbot Kinney's Venice wasn't as sturdy as the original and only lasted about twenty-four years. There isn't much left (a columned arcade scrawled on by street artists or just people leaving messages) but the name persists and suits the neighbourhood, which is light and sparkles in the reflected waters of the Pacific Ocean, a hundred yards away. Venice Beach is America at its least self-conscious. Loud, informal, brash, individualistic, ostentatious, tolerant and unapologetic. A perfect re-introduction to Western culture.
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- Series: Around the World in 80 Days
- Day: 64
- Date: 27 November
- Country/sea: USA
- Place: Los Angeles - California
- Book page no: 204
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