Saint Monica in Santa Monica
Our Private Tour Guests Reflect on Families as the Sun Sets in Santa Monica
Wilshire Boulevard is the “Main Street” of Los Angeles. For 18 miles the wide roadway connects downtown Los Angeles to the ocean in Santa Monica. Traffic on this main road of a major city can often leave our guides praying for salvation as they bring their Los Angeles private tour families through Beverly Hills and West L.A. into Santa Monica, talking about the rich history, lucrative businesses and wealthy neighborhoods, telling stories and adding anecdotes, our guests never have any idea how fraught a particular journey has been. We have great guides who are all excellent drivers. But still, when they get to the end of Wilshire Boulevard there is a statue of Saint Monica, the bay spreading out behind her to the horizon, and our guides can offer up their thanks. The city is named for this patron saint of difficult marriages and wayward children but sometimes any connection to the sublime when arriving at Palisades Park is worth paying tribute to. Our guests on their custom tour often choose to walk along the palisades to admire the sea and the city, to look down over the beach and the homes of Hollywood stars built along the Pacific Coast Highway below them, to enjoy the sea breeze and, if they are lucky to be out late in the afternoon this time of year, enjoy a beautiful sunset. We are pleased to talk about the creation of the art deco Saint Monica statue by sculptor Eugene Morahan back in 1934 with money from a federal public arts project. As we parade along the cliff edge towards the Santa Monica Pier there are other interesting landmarks to pass by including a camera obscura. The lights on the pier come up to make it look like a dazzling scintillating jewel against the golden sky. Children with us are always attracted to the Ferris Wheel and the roller coaster. Thank you, Saint Monica, for having a fun and beautiful city on the sea.