We are still in L.A only with the truck and are taking every opportunity to visit the area,this time to Long Beach,Naples and Rancho Los Alamitos, they are close by but anyone that is familiar with the traffic knows that it takes time to get from one place to another and find a PARKING spot.
Long Beach is a city in Los Angeles County in Southern California, on the Pacific coast of the United States. The city is the 36th-largest city in the United States and the seventh-largest in California. As of 2010, its population was 462,257.In addition, Long Beach is the second largest city in the Greater Los Angeles Area (after Los Angeles) and a principal city of the Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA Metropolitan Statistical Area.
The Port of Long Beach is the United States' second busiest container port and one of the world's largest shipping ports. The city also maintains a large oil industry with wells located both underground and offshore. Manufacturing sectors include those in aircraft, car parts, electronic and audio-visual equipment, and home furnishings.
After a short stop and walk on the beach we succeeded to find a parking spot in Naples, an Island further East and walk along the canals that were loaded with boats and yachts from all kind,I do not know why this place is called Naples,it should be Venice or at least “Paradise”…
It is a difficult life ,imagine going down stairs ,climbing into the boat,cross the canal to visit your friend that lives on the opposite the Canal, it is TOUGH…
At 1PM looking for a parking spot next to a restaurant we were lucky again,the sign said “No parking on Friday between 12 and 2PM” we looked around and saw a road cleaning truck approaching the place to do his thing and also saw cars double parking with drivers in the driver’s seat, as the cleaner’s truck finished cleaning the side road they all drove to catch a parking spot –and so did I..
With an Indian Buffet in our bellies we continued to Rancho Los Alamitos ,(no parking problems here).
We took a guided tour to see this Ranch and learn the history of the place.
Rancho Los Alamitos is twice listed on the National Register of Historic Places - once as the sacred Tongva village of Povuu’ngna, the traditional birthplace of the native people of the Los Angeles Basin and, second, for the evolution of its significant historic landscape over time. The site includes traces of the ancestral village, an adobe-core ranch house ca.1800, four acres of lush historic gardens developed during the 1920s and 30s, and the restored working ranch barnyard of the early-mid 20th century. With the opening of the Rancho Center, the film, new exhibits and room environments feature the landscape, the people and the place over time and within the context of the development of the region and the state.
And there is a lot more to see and visit.