Thursday, October 20, 2011

Almost paradise...

We had some frequent flyer miles that were going to expire and they were burning a hole in Greg’s compass.  So he got out the map and decided we needed to go somewhere.  What we decided on was a week in California.

We had been to San Diego for a friend’s wedding and to San Francisco and Wine Country for our 25th anniversary and I went to a conference in Long Beach a few years back, but we had never REALLY been to Los Angeles and environs.  So off we went.

We spent the first three nights in the very beautiful Santa Barbara where we took a side trip up to see Hearst Castle.  Then spent a night near the Santa Monica pier and then on to Los Angeles for three nights. 

I have to admit that I had no idea what to expect in LA, but liked it very much.  I couldn’t survive there for any period of time though…I’m way too old, fat and poor for that.  But it was fun to visit.

I took too many photos and it will take me a while to sort through them, but I will post a few of our first couple days in Santa Barbara…a place that seems very much like paradise.

In the garden of the old Santa Barbara Mission.

Taken from the tower of the Santa Barbara Courthouse.

This little fellow visited us at our hotel.


TexWisGirl said...

the mission photo is gorgeous! as is that cliff! nice!

Debbie said... can never take too many pictures, especially when they look like yours!!

James said...

Beautiful pictures of Santa Barbara! My wife and I were there ten days ago for our 24th wedding anniversary.It really is a wonderful place!

Did you see the mission from the top of the courthouse?

Great blog btw!

barbara l. hale said...

Thanks! Wonder if we crossed paths. We did see the Mission from the Courthouse. It's great that they let you wander around in there. What a fabulous building! I am trying to get my pics together and will post a few more courthouse pictures when I manage to do that.

Love for Food and Photography said...

A very nice serie! I especially like the last one for the sensation of wilderness, and the little fellow with the great background!

Tammy said...

History and nature. I love old places / buildings. I'd love to explore the old mission.