when we moved from germany to california, my husband and i picked venice as our happy place for a reason.
venice might be hipster capital or silicon beach, but to me it is a quirky village of like minded people, who are grounded, appreciative, mindful, creative (i don't like this term) and diverse.
i felt very connected with this city just recently when i took photos of this lovely family. they live in this hood too, and i think you can feel the good vibes by looking at the pictures. can you? :-)