Thursday, June 8, 2017

UCLA Tour / Santa Monica Pier


Song:  Good Vibrations

Group:  The Beach Boys


All of the photos at UCLA were taken by my wife
(I had stupidly forgotten my camera in the car).

We started the UCLA tour late in the morning.

Our guide was a student volunteer.

He was informative...
and he was funny.



This is the building which interested Alex the most.














The UCLA campus is very large.


After our tour...
we went to the Santa Monica Pier.

I remembered my camera for everything else  :)



It was overcast all day...
but, the temperature wasn't bad.


As the pier parking was full...
I parked beyond it a ways...
and we walked along the beachfront to reach it.



Now...
although the pier wasn't bad...
it seemed to have not been updated since the 1960s.

There was a handful of restaurants...
a few shops...
well...
I am spoiled.

I am originally from the San Francisco Bay Area.

The two best piers on the West Coast are there.

For shopping...
Pier 39 on Fisherman's Wharf in San Francisco cannot be beaten.

For ambiance...
food...and fun...
the Beach, Boardwalk, and the pier in Santa Cruz...
simply have no peer.
















Alex had grilled salmon.


I had fish and chips.


Alex had a creme brulee for dessert.




During our walk back to the car...
there was a rescue operation taking place.

A helicopter was hovering in place...
a boat was searching the area...
and...


there were no Bay Watch esque life guards running to the location  :)

It must have been unmanned.


We then drove a few hours to the town near our final tour location...
Harvey Mudd College...
to stage for the next day's campus tour.

If you've already heard about the horrendous traffic in LA...
it's true!  :)


It was a nice quiet hotel room.


Alex got a good night's sleep before our final tour.


Early the next morning...
we ate breakfast at Denny's...
and then went to the College for the tour.







2 comments:

  1. I actually like the town part of Santa Monica better than the pier itself. Though it looked like a cloudy day when you were there... wondering if the ambiance would be more fun on a sunny weekend when more people were there. Though it probably still wouldn't compare to Fisherman's Wharf. :)

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  2. It was only because it wasn't crowded that I could tolerate it at all. There were little gangsters flying their colors, people standing in the middle of through fares without a care that they were disrupting foot traffic. The place was filled with unsupervised teenagers whom weren't raised well. To top it off, their restaurants were just mediocre. We only walked to the end of the pier and back, stopping to eat only to try the food.

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