Part 2 of my recent visit to Southern California was a trip to Venice Beach and the Rose Bowl Flea Market in Pasadena. Kat and I stayed at the Erwin Hotel in Venice, which has a very fab roofless, rooftop bar. The views of the beach from up there were amazing. We spent a day in Venice walking the beach-front walkway to the Santa Monica pier. Along the way, there were musicians and artists, outdoor cafes, stores and crowds of Angelenos. I had forgotten that LA people go to the beach on the weekend. Just as people in New York go their beautiful park, the LA folk go to Venice. We had a fantastic time.
The next morning, we got up early and walked to our favorite Venice restaurant, The Sidewalk Cafe. We were so early, that we actually got a table by the walkway and enjoyed seeing the vendors and street musicians setting up for their busy day ahead. It was all so peaceful and had a laid back feel. After a very filling and delicious breakfast, we left for Pasadena, which was about an hour away on several freeways. Kat knew how to get there and after several freeway changes, we were there. Cars were streaming in, but we managed to get a parking space near the Tournament of Roses business office.
We followed the crowds and finally I could see the Rose Bowl building. I was very excited. I have wanted to come here forever. I wasn't too impressed by the first part of the flea market that had mainly new stuff. Then we crossed a bridge and we were in the vintage section. It was HUGE and had so much of everything that it was overwhelming. There were racks and racks of vintage dresses, some for only $5. Shoes and purses were everywhere, but many were the same kind and despite distressed conditions, were priced high. I did buy something I collect (not clothing). And only spent $20 on it, so felt like I scored a little.
I would definitely recommend that you all check out The Rose Bowl Flea Market if ever visiting Los Angeles. It's held on the 2nd Sunday of every month.
Views of Venice Beach
Santa Monica Pier
Santa Monica, CA
Kat having breakfast before the flea market at the Sidewalk Cafe in Venice
Rose Bowl Flea Market