Away from its famed Boardwalk jammed with tables selling eclectic art, and not far from the über cool Abbot Kinney where street art decorates many a store facade rests Venice’s grid of canals.
As you enter the walkways of this historic district, which line four east-west canals and two north-south canals, the high-energy vibe of surrounding Venice Beach metamorphoses into a feeling of stillness and calm. There’s nothing to do but inhale the sweet salty smell of the sea air as you admire the residential architecture and outdoor living spaces. Here, no two homes are alike.
I can guarantee that there are few places in this city where you will share a walkway with pairs of ducks, dogs walking their owners, locals, and low key tourists all at the one time. Perhaps I’ll hire a paddle board to skim the canals next time – just to take the road less traveled.