Friday, October 3, 2008

Dinosaurs of 3rd Street, Santa Monica...

I had a number of titles to choose from for this blog entry - "Cooper, Meet the Parents", "Cooper's new playthings" or "The dog-sitters", but opted for something a bit more descriptive of our adventures so far.
Dinosaur fountains of Santa Monica 3rd Street
Yes, my folks are in town for the next ten days and it's got Cooper all excited.  So excited in fact that he jumped up at my Mum whilst she was sitting on the sofa, sending the contents of a glass of coke flying.  Nice one Cooper!  Hmm, maybe he does need a bit more training.
Dinosaur fountains of Santa Monica's 3rd Street
Last night we took my jet-lagged parents out for a bite to eat to keep them going so their bodies could get used to this time zone.  We went to the French Quarter Restaurant at the French Market Place on Santa Monica Blvd.  
Dinosaur fountains of Santa Monica 3rd Street
Everyone had good food.  It's always hard to decide if you're hungry after twelve or so hours on a plane of non-stop eating, drinking and sitting. 
Santa Monica's dinosaur fountains of 3rd Street
After waking up to find he still had house guests, we left Cooper to have a sleep this morning, whilst we drove down to Santa Monica to blow away the cobwebs and have a walk along 3rd Street Promenade and down by the ocean.
Santa Monica's dinosaur fountains of 3rd Street
Lining the three block stretch of the 3rd Street Promenade are large topiary dinosaur fountains to add a bit of character to the pedestrianised shopping and dining neighbourhood.
Dinosaur fountains of Santa Monica's 3rd Street
The weather was a bit cooler and overcast first thing, but was warming up and the sun breaking through the marine layer as we walked along the Santa Monica Pier.
The end of Santa Monica Pier
After more than six months it's easy to forget how much we've acclimatised to living in L.A. - the traffic, the weather, the architecture, the people and places.  It seems a lifetime ago that we thought everything looked and felt so alien to our British sensibilities. 
Santa Monica's dinosaur fountains of 3rd Street
After months of almost non-stop rain back in Wales this year I think my parents are enjoying the chance to grab a bit of sunshine.
Dinosaur fountains of Santa Monica's 3rd Street
Apparently on 9th September next year, Santa Monica Pier will celebrate its Centennial Anniversary, as it's been there since 1909.
Santa Monica Pacific Park funfair
Later we're off to Runyon Canyon for a walk with Cooper and to stave off the jet-lag some more, then if they're still awake, out for dinner.
Pacific Park Big Wheel
There are blue skies now and my folks are enjoying sitting on our roof deck (and escaping from Cooper for five minutes no doubt), so I'd better go and be the perfect host...

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