Monday, March 19, 2012


We've been so busy celebrating that it's time I reminisce about my most recent get away.
We flew into Los Angelos, Feb.12th, and drove down to Santa Monica.
Another beautiful ocean pier to explore.
We had not plans....but in the far distance I noticed activity.
Cirque de Soleil was playing on the Santa Monica Pier.

Tent's and circus's have always been on my list of favorites.
We enjoyed a fine evening of talent, shifting, bending and twisting.
One breathtaking performance. It allowed you to escape in your imagination.

There was no greater gift than to get up Monday morning, my real birth date
 and stroll the beaches of  Southern California.

 We strolled the boardwalk of Southern California's most popular attraction, Venice Beach. It stretches about one and a half miles along the manicured sands of the Pacific Ocean.  The board walk is a large part of what makes Venice unique.The board walk has more diversity in demographics and retail then probably anywhere else in the world.  And of course one cannot omit Muscle Beach, which used to be the workout gym for Arnold Schwarzenegger. This is a place to people watch, shop and be entertained.

Ah...don't you hear the ocean waves calling your name?

No doubt I was enjoying doing one of my favorite things.

We came across a sandy beach covered with crosses.
Of course we inquired, and shortly realized that volunteers came every Sunday
to this exact same spot and placed over 2500 crosses in memory of those that lost their lives to war.

Notice how carefully these crosses are placed,  row upon row.

This memorial  known as Arlington West,  offers visitors a graceful,
visually and emotionally powerful, place for reflection.

It could not of been a more perfect 60th.


  1. looks like the perfect place to be on your 'real birthday'! I have good memories of our time at Venice Beach with our kids and grands a few years ago.

    Oh...and I like the scarf! :)

  2. I'm glad you are reminiscing Marg! Did I mention before that Dear graduated from Venice High School? While there he had a surfing class for his physical education...

  3. What a beautiful place to spend your actual 60th. I love reminiscing too and am happy you are in the mood to take us back to that week.

  4. Marg.. you are making the most of truning 60! I will have to remember how long one gets to milk this experience.

  5. What a great way to celebrate your special birthday! I love how your are embracing it.....sigh.....I'm still having a wee bit of trouble with that number but you are such an inspiration!

  6. What a lovely way to celebrate. Your post has me anticipating our trip to San Diego where there is also a boardwalk from which to enjoy the ocean views.
    What fun to see Cirque du Soleil live - I bet you were proud to be Canadian!

  7. now you know why we go to Venice Beach everytime we are in California... unique in all aspects ;) We go to the Sidewalk Cafe for breakfast everytime too... the same waiter has served us for the last 4 years

  8. What a nice little get-a-way with your husband. I noticed some shopping bags so you must have had some fun! Beautiful memories to start off your 60th year.

  9. What a fun place to spend your 60th - it's iconic, having been featured in so many of the TV shows and movies of our teen years.

  10. Ocean front for your birthday! That IS the best gift! Cirque de Soleil is pretty cool too...but the ocean still trumps Cirque de Soleil!


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