dijous, 1 de desembre de 2011

Els canals de Venice Beach

La platja de Venice Beach es diu així perque, darrere de la primera linia de mar, hi ha uns canals inspirats en la Venècia italiana. No m'atreviria a classificar-ho com a secret, però el que si que és cert és que, generalment, la gent que no hi ha vingut no ho sap. Va nèixer com a un resort de luxe, on fins i tot hi havia gondoliers; però es va acabar fent famós per la seva platja de més de des milles de llargada. Avui, els canals són la llar de gent de calers del sud de California, mentre la platja s'emporta tota la fama per la mescla étnica, cultural i el seu ambient artístic (o freak, segons es miri).
Volia fer un petit homenatge als canals que, des del meu punt de vista, l'únic que tenen en comú amb Venècia és que són canals. Però, tot i així, no estaria malament tenir una caseta d'estiueig per aquí, no?
Venice Beach owes its name to the canals that can be found behind the houses in the seafront, which were inspired in the italian Venice. I wouldn't dare to classify this as a secret, but truth is that, generally, people who have never come here don't know it. I was born as a luxury resort, where you could even find italian-like gondoliers. But it eventually became famous for it's two-and-a-half mile long beach. Nowadays, houses belong to wealthy people from SoCal, while the beach gets all the fame for its ethnic and cultural mix; and also for its artistic atmosphere (or freak, depending on the observer).
I wanted to make a small tribute to these canals that, under my point of view, the only similarity that they have with the venetian ones is the fact that they are canals. But, no matter what, I wouldn't mind having a house for summer vacations here, wouldn't you?



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