Venice Beach and Canals - The Boys of Summer The year was 2007 and we were in California. This was the year that my one and only first cousin from my father's side was based in Pasadena with her husband. And whilst we weren't making a side trip to Pasadena, she and her husband made the trip out to LA to visit us. And what a trek it was for them.... Believe it or not, they didn't have a car when they were living in Pasadena and were getting around using public transport. We had called them when we were in San Francisco and had arranged to meet up on this day in Venice Beach. It would take them about 3 hours and 2 bus changes to get to Venice from Pasadena, so it was definitely a labour of love on their part. I really like this cousin of mine. Her and her husband are as prompt as I am about getting to places at the appointed time. We got there about 5 minutes early and they got there about 30 seconds after us. No hanging around and waiting for either of us! Im guessing that it was a warm and sunny day . .because I have this in my collection and figure it might be one that I trot out on the 21st. I know that I came home with a green towel on this trip. We obviously bought it at Venice Beach. After DS had his frolic in the sand and surf, we got round to the serious business of checking out the joint. There was someone trying to sell motorized remote control cars. DS was keen but I managed to swerve around getting one. We also must have gone looking for the Boys of Summer along Venice. Didnt see any muscle-bound men; only some that could jump. I had been to Venice twice before, and I knew the beachside didnt hold much appeal for me. So, I persuaded the family to take a walk towards the Canals. Another reason why I really like that cousin of mine .her and her husband were more than happy to go seeking peace and quiet as well. The canals are set about 2 3 blocks back from the beach. Enough tourists know about them and go walking along them for it to be a fairly safe exercise these days. You walk along the path . .that pretty much looks into the local residents backyards. Most of them maintain a pretty garden and keep their windows opened. So, window peeping into their houses is a given. And there are bridges over the canals .that add to the ambience of the place. It was a lovely walk and catch-up for the family. We ended up at a Burger place for lunch and all in all spent about 2 3 hours with my cousin and her husband. And then it was time to leave. They still had that bus ride back to Pasadena and we we were flying out to San Francisco and heading to the Californian capital city!