If it’s your first time in Venice Beach, once your tom-tom says you’ve reached your destination, you will be reminded of why you love America and why this couldn’t be Europe. Streets are perfectly arranged in a grid, Pacific Ave is crossed by small streets that give access to the back of pastel colour low seaside houses and their garage. Count to the 30th street and you are at Venice Beach House, an historic house totally covered in ivy. Ask for the Olympic Suite, the first big room on the ground floor. The old wood creaks; the window is a veranda opening onto the garden while the romantic and floral patterns of the curtains and the décor brings the garden inside. The beach and the pier are behind the first row of cottages that protects you from the Ocean wind.