Venice Boardwalk on 0529 2008

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When most people think of Venice, nowadays, it’s Ocean Front Walk — the boardwalk — they picture. A couple of miles of insanity, vanity and humanity with souvenir shops and tattoo parlors galore, street vendors and palm readers, more crazies than can shake sticks at you, sleaze, ocean breeze, street performers, nut jobs, tourists, posers…it’s all here, particularly on beautiful weekend days. Come prepared for a full immersion in life’s rich pageant. If you’re bringing a pygmy anaconda, please bring its sunblock. Actually, best to leave the pets at home unless you want to traumatize them for life.

Morrison Apartments on 029 2008

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If the Lizard King slept here, it wasn’t because his name was on the lease. Rock star and leader of the Doors Jim Morrison had friends in the building and evidently partied on the roof. Some say he wrote much of the Doors’ first two records in the rooftop apartment. But local historian Jeffrey Stanton terms claims that Morrison lived in the building at Westminster and Speedway, urban legend.