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Santa Monica California: Where Gumbo Was (#198)


Four people figured out that Gumbo was enjoying the sun and sand in Santa Monica California. Congratulations to George G, PortMoresby, GarryGF and Dr. Fumblefinger for their correct guesses.

Santa Monica is one of the places I come back to when I am in the L.A. area. It is a little touristy, but I really enjoy the energy and people watching. You can spend the day on the beach and at the Santa Monica Pier, which has rides and restaurants. Then in the evening you can walk up to the 4th Street mall for some shopping and higher-end dining.

The Santa Monica pier also sits at the northern end of a long paved walking and bicycle path that takes you down to Venice Beach which ends four miles to the south.

IMG_0058IMG_0061Iconic Santa Monica Life Guard StationIMG_0063IMG_0064This barrier is to prevent sand from blowing off of the beach


4th Street Mall topiary

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IMG_00874th street mall

Remember that there will be a new Where in the World is TravelGumbo tomorrow, so get ready for a new adventure.


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I spent a lot of time in Santa Monica in the mid-1980s while doing my internship and residency at UCLA Medical Center in nearby Westwood.  Always cool on a hot day, always a nice place to walk around.  Brings back many good memories, thanks!

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"We do not take a trip, a trip takes us".  John Steinbeck, from Travels with Charlie

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