Sometimes, when you’re travelling you take a photo that you just want to share with the world – Sunday Snapshot is about doing exactly that.
I’m going to share one of my favourite travel photos with you every Sunday and tell you why it’s special to me.
This photo was taken last week during our trip to Los Angeles!
We’d spent the morning in Santa Monica and then headed to Venice Beach where the promenade is just as crazy as it looks on TV. There was the infamous Muscle beach with all the men working out, the basketball courts with some very competitive games going on and some of the oddest little shops I’ve ever been in.
The Venice canals are less than 10 minutes walk from the madness of the seafront yet they feel like a world away. They’re not signposted (that we could see) and there’s no reason to go inland that far so if you didn’t know to look for them then you wouldn’t have a clue they existed.
The canals were originally built in 1905 by Albert Kinney who wanted to recreate the beautiful Italian City of Venice in Los Angeles but as cars became more popular, the canals were neglected. They stayed that way until 1992 when they were fully restored and turned into what they are today with new walkways and bridges being built as well as a whole new system for keeping the water as fresh as possible.
The water enters the canals through sea gates that open every few days at low tide to drain most of the water out of the canals. Then at high tide, once they’re filled with fresh seawater, they get closed again trapping the water in the canals for about three days, before the cycle starts again.
There are walkways down the sides of the canals and lots of the people who have houses that back on to them have little boats moored on the water. I can only imagine how lovely it must be to have that as your view to wake up to every morning.