The Canals of Venice

I lived in Southern California most of my life but I somehow never knew that Venice, California, like its Italian namesake, has a small network of canals. How did I miss this? Granted, I didn’t hang out in Venice much, but I would expect that I would have known about this somehow.

Anyway, as I prepare to spend a week in LA soon, I’m reminded of my last trip there in May and my photo safari out to Venice to see these canals for myself.

The Canals of Venice

It was actually more interesting than I expected. Venice is known for being a bit eccentric but I expected an area built around waterways like this to be one of the fancier parts of town. Instead, I found what looks like a really low-key, unpretentious neighborhood. There were a good number of big, fancy houses, but an equal number of small, older, and quirky places too.

The Canals of Venice

The canal neighborhood is made up of four parallel canals, with connecting waterways at either end. There are small alleyways alternating with the canals, so each house faces the canal, with a road behind it. Most houses had boats tied up out front on the water.

The Canals of Venice

It doesn’t compare to Venice, Italy, but it’s interesting in its own way.

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