As a fellow lawyer put it to me today, when you're standing at the beach, looking out at the water, it relativizes the feeling of density -- everything is in perspective at the oceanfront.
Of course, in Santa Monica, density is never far behind.
The hotel above, which is on the National Register of Historic Places, was built in 1926 and opened as a beach club. During World War II it was a hotel for soldiers serving in the Pacific. In the 50s, 60s, 70s and 80s it passed through a variety of uses until, finally, it was restored to its former glory in 1997 with a $50 million investment by a local investor and hotel operator.
The investment has paid off for the whole community. The building is gorgeous.
I am not getting paid to write this article. But this is the best view in town.
It's so easy to get to the beach. In contrast to Europe, the California beaches are almost always public. It is such a pity that, in Europe, private individuals are allowed to own access to the sea. I hope the government in California always has had the good sense to keep beaches public.
Don't worry. I managed to get her back.