Scenes from Silent
Santa Monica Beach
Last stop, at least for my photos. Santa Monica is only a few miles north of Venice–they share a border–but the feel is slightly more upscale. The Promenade is a pedestrian mall lined with the latest fashionable department stores, fancy boutiques, and mix of fast food and fine dining restaurants. There are also street performers and occasionally (sadly) a nut job with a microphone who spews hate to a crowd that (thankfully) either ignores him or throws his stupidity in his face with counter-arguments. A few blocks west you’ll come to the beach, where families from all over can be found enjoying the sun and the sand–though few swim in the water unless they’re tourists, as it’s not known for its cleanliness.
The pier is the focal point of the beach, and houses an amusement park with the famous Santa Monica Ferris wheel. Street artists who create unique works of art by request also set up shop on the wooden planks. You could spend an entire day just out on that pier–eating a meal or two at various restaurants, maybe doing a little fishing off the far end, going on the rides at the park and playing a few games. There are also several shops and a trapeze school to occupy your time. Have your face sculpted in clay, or your name painted in bright colors. It’s an entertaining place where you’re sure to find love of all ages–from teenagers on their first dates to elderly couples out for a sunset stroll.
This is where Alex learns about love and sacrifice.
Well, that’s it! I’ve really enjoyed sharing these images of LA, and hope they were able to provide readers with a glimpse into Alex’s world.
I’m giving away 2 prizes at the end of the month:
Winner 1: Paperback and a finger painting from the Santa Monica pier (as featured in Chapter 22).
Seemingly careless streaks transformed into fantastic scenery as the man worked, but I couldn’t give him my full attention. I had other concerns on my mind…like why I felt so nervous standing beside Seb. Was I too close? Or not close enough? Why did that matter all of a sudden?
Here’s a clip of one being made:
Depending on the wishes of the artist, I may even be able to record a video of your artwork being created.
Winner 2: Paperback and postcards of LA scenes, including some from Inner City Arts, a nonprofit organization providing arts education to students in low-income areas of Los Angeles.
~To enter, just leave a comment on any “Scenes from Silent” post (one comment per post is eligible as another entry).
~Entries will be accepted from now until midnight PST on December 1st.
~Winners will be selected by random drawing and announced on December 2nd.
~Must be 18 or over to enter.
Thanks for reading!