Deb and I arrived in LA fairly early on Friday, so we had
time for lunch. My sister Joey had sent an article about a place that
claims to have invented the beef dip sandwich . They claim to have
beaten my favorite sandwich shop Phillipe's to the punch. I had to go
check it out, the name is Cole's. The concierge at the hotel told us it
was an easy walk.
We hiked many blocks through some "interesting" areas to finally get
there. It was as described. An old pub from
1908. We ordered a couple sandwiches
and enjoyed them very much. I don't think the
food is better
then Phillipe's but you don't have to stand in the long lines. The
place was quite busy. We hiked back through the "gallery" section of LA
and dropped into a couple interesting places.
The next day Larry, husband of Deb's good friend Helen, and I decided
to go to Venice beach. He had seen something about it on the History
Channel and was very interested. We hopped aboard the #10 bus just
outside the hotel. 45 minutes later we were dropped off just around the
corner from the Santa Monica pier. The pier is the end of route 66. We hiked
around the pier. Not much was happening because it was pretty
early and it looked like a cool day. Venice is about two miles down the
shore so we hiked it. We had a good time looking at all the sights. We
were tempted to rent a bike but didn't want the
taking care of it so it wouldn't get stolen.
We found a pretty good place for lunch.
We chose to sit up
on tall stools so we could see the action.
A bunch of LA firefighters
were having lunch too. We watched the people outside entertaining the
We then hiked back to the Santa Monica pier.
Things were happening more then they were in
the morning. Not much else to tell. We
waited for quite a while for the bus and rode it back. We nearly didn't
get off where we needed to get off. Thank goodness I know the area
pretty well and got us off relatively close.
I should have take more pictures... Next time I will.