During my few days in Ventura i reveled in the cruisy vibe of this sleepy yet quirky and increasingly arty surf-town.
With its VW comby vans and perfect little houses with their own individuality and eccentricities it’s a place hard not to love.
Garden beds add further brightness to the colorful house awnings and the clear blue sky (which has FINALLY emerged after a week of gloomy weather)
From time to time they also play host to birds like this little Hummingbird
Then there are the windswept beaches
the all American Pier and lifeguard towers
musicians playing to no-one but themselves
More homeless people – this was a particularly friendly pair
Kitsch shops and one of the happiest men i’ve ever met – the Proprietor of “The Hawaiian Shirt Shoppe” who sits outfront of his shop in the sunlight, greeting all who pass with a hearty “Aloha!”
A range of other American staples
And finally, the Californian sunsets…. Ahhhhhh…… One evening we drove up to the top of the main hill that tucks the town against the coastline. Cosy in big sloppy joes (jumpers) we joined couples and friends in watching the sunset
and then headed down to the beach to look back towards the pier and palm lined beaches with the backdrop of the twilight, pink sky
A perfect few days of relaxation before i take on the concrete jungle!