I went to the Third Street Promenade with my friends Harold and Rona on Thursday and we spent our time walking Rona’s dog, Tally, a papillon-chihuahua mix. For those who don’t know, the Third Street Promenade is a strip of shops and restaurants a couple blocks down from the Santa Monica Pier and the Pacific Ocean. When I was at UCLA, it was only a 25 cent bus ride on the Big Blue Bus with my BruinCard, so I didn’t have to deal with parking, but that isn’t really too much of a hassle anyway since you get the first two hours free at the parking structure that I normally use now.
Third Street and its surrounding area is definitely a great place to shop or just go for a stroll. Some of the stores, like Barnes and Noble, are dog-friendly so you can take them with you. After taking Tally around for a bit, we stopped to eat bruschetta and pizza outside while we listened to performers on Third Street playing contemporary radio songs on drums and violin. The various musicians and acts on the promenade really do help to enhance the experience and make Third Street have a more lively atmosphere that is really fun.
There is definitely a lot of talent out there and you can find it in random ways on the promenade. It was just a great way to spend a nice day together and it seemed like Tally had fun too. I think I would definitely like to have my own dog in the future.