Yeah, somebody has to do it: take 46 tourists in a tour bus to Santa Monica Beach. So it might as well be me.
My day started with this lovely sunrise. I was up at 5:30am and I think this was about 6:00am. At 6:55 I was walking to the train station.
Looking up ramp to the entrance to the pier.
My passengers had about two and a half hours of free time in Santa Monica.
So, after answering questions and pointing everybody in the right direction, what could I do? I walked down to the pier, whipped out my trusty Samsung S4 Android phone and snapped a few pictures.
I decided to leave the photos just the way they were with no Photoshopping (other than resizing and adding my copyright info)… they are what they are!
It was a superbly fantastic day. A little warm for my suit but that is what I wear by choice when I am working as a step-on tour guide. I feel professional, so whether it is 3 degrees or 103 degrees, that is what I wear. I know, at the Santa Monica Pier, with everybody else wearing shorts, halter tops or barely anything at all, fat or thin, I look a little out of place. But I am beyond caring.
It was very clear and the views went on for miles. Once again I thought, how lucky can I get?
This photo above is the darndest thing. I could see a postage stamp size image of my face on the screen when I took this photo. Where did that come from? What button did I inadvertantly push?
There were several tour buses going to the beach from the Bonaventure Hotel in downtown Los Angeles. We were told to exit the 405 at Washington and head west to Pacific Avenue. Oops!
Apparently tour buses are not allowed on Washington. The Culver City police pulled over two of our buses. I was on the lead bus and evidently got lucky. I received a text from one of the other tour guides as she was being pulled over. A $16,000 fine per bus!
I bet the Culver City PD is celebrating tonight… in fact I can hear the party starting up right now as I live just one and a half blocks away! I wonder who will be held responsible, the tour company who organized the trip or the bus company. I will find out. I would not have taken that route anyway, but as usual, nobody asked me!
But that wasn’t my worry on this splendid day!
As I was walking past the Maria Sol Restaurant at the end of the pier I overheard the waiter ask, “Would you like to start with a Marguerita?” Why yes, thank you! Oh, it wasn’t for me, just one of the customers at a table!
It was such a clear day I am sure I could see Japan! You can just see it if you squint, can’t you?
This is my big confession. The tuna melt at S M Pier Seafood is the BEST! It is so bad I only have one a couple of times of year. But this was my second in five days! When I was doing the Malibu/Beverly Hills/Santa Monica tour on Thursday, I forgot to take a photo so I had to come back today. Oh, the torture we go through for our blogs!
It is disgustingly decadently delicious… with sauteed onions and tomatoes and gooey cheese…. I should have saved half of it for dinner tonight but once I get started I can’t stop…
This is the restaurant in case you are ever on the pier and craving seafood. Indoor and outdoor seating. But who wants to sit indoors on a day like this?
They were filming an episode of a TV show called “New Girl” on the beach. I never heard of the show but this is LA… always filming something.
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