Monday found us driving up to Santa Monica to experience the tourist thrill of the 3rd Street Promenade and the pier. We started with a hearty breakfast at a Denny's, which may be a chain but I happen to like the choices there.
After a long, slow walk down 3rd Street, we headed for the pier and walked the extra mile to the end and back. Then we went Big Dean's Oceanfront Cafe for beer, which always tastes better by the beach and when the sun is high and hot.
We then took a long drive up Santa Monica boulevard to Beverly Hills to stroll down Rodeo Drive. We did see someone who is supposed to be a celebrity: Heidi from "The Hills," but unfortunately I have never seen the show and all I could see was some cute blonde surrounded by people with cameras. That's the thing about celebrity - it only works if people know who you are!
After a quick browse through the Dolce and Gabbana store, we headed for Huntington Beach and dinner by the sea at Dukes restaurant (I snagged us a window table for two). I'd been there a couple of times before but not with my wife. So this was her first experience of Hawaiian-influenced food - and she loved it! She ate Ahi Tuna with a papaya and ginger dressing. I had grilled salmon stuffed with crab and shrimp. Yummy!!
It was late by the time we got back to the hotel so rather than head for the bar, we headed for bed.