Life has been pretty busy here lately; apart from the regular day-to-day and city life, we've also had some exciting things happening that kept us going - I'll be opening about that at the right time. To say that all these things have overwhelmed us, is a bit of an understatement. We were in desperate need of a getaway. Partly because we needed some time away from the hustle and bustle of the city and daily life, and also, because of the fact that we love to travel, even if we don’t get to do it much these days.
While we had many places in mind, I think we ended up in the perfect place - the charming city of Santa Barbara, which doesn't really feel like a city.
TGIF! Just in time for the weekend, here's an idea if you happen to be visiting, or, maybe, who knows, inspire you to play tourist in your own town.
In our pursuit of places to go visit a while ago, we stumbled upon this cave and wanted to go inside. The first time we thought of going in, I was wearing sandals and hubby was against me going down 145 stairs, especially when those stairs being wet and most likely slippery. Given that, we decided to make another trip here, so we could finally go inside this cave.
Well, let me tell you that it was interesting but we expected more of it. Once in the large opening, you end up on a platform and are limited to that. I understand safety must come first but I wish we could have touched the "ground".
A few weeks ago I started the series about San Diego, including what it's like living here, what to do in coastal SD and today the series continues with the things you can do inland. To get a better understanding about the coastal and inland "separation" you have to read the first post about it here.
Inland San Diego is just as pretty as the coastal one, well, in its own way.
No matter where you stay when here, you might want to check each of these places I'm sharing below.
One of the places you don't want to miss is
Last week I have started a series of posts about the city me and hubby call home. The first post that went live was supposed to be an introduction to general climate and life in San Diego, California, just so you know what to expect in case you visit or even think of moving here. Because of this city's diversity, I had to divide it into several posts, otherwise it would have been one very long story. So if you haven't read the first post, then you better start there. Now that you know a bit more about the climate, let's talk about the fun stuff.
San Diego has no short list of things to do at the coast, from kayaking in the ocean (we did it and loved it) or paragliding above it to sailing or simply admiring one of its famous sunsets, just to name a few. As I mentioned above, it's quite diverse and you can find just about anything here.
When you say San Diego, I bet the first thing that comes in your mind are its beautiful beaches but, there's so much more to this city.
It's true, San Diego has several beaches, each very different from the other and all worthy of visiting but what makes it so interesting is the diversity in population and cultures, vegetation and even climate - all it takes is just a twenty-minute drive East or West (depending on where you find yourself) and you'll see what I'm talking about.
There are few other things that make me as happy as when I discover new interesting places, especially when it happens completely unplanned.
You might have figured it out by now that we don't like to stay put and, we go from city to city whenever we can or have the chance. We try to plan out trips, look up interesting places and things to do wherever we go.
This time though, the plan was to do nothing. Well, not exactly - here's the story...
A few weeks ago, we went to Vegas for a little vacation. In fact, we were there just one week before the tragic events. To say that I was devastated the morning of Monday, October 2nd, when, turning on one side to stop the alarm clock, I saw the news alert on my phone, is an understatement - I was shaken. However, it is not what I want to talk about in this post. I want us all to remember, because it gets harder and harder with each such occurrence, that there are beautiful things and good people in this world, and a few bad ones can't stop us from seeing that.
Don't you love it when you discover amazing places with no advance planning? Cause we certainly do!
On days when we either get a late start or don't make any plans, we drive around neighborhoods, admiring houses, gardens and so on. And that's what we did a few weekends back.
While driving, we got stuck on a one way street so we had no other choice but to keep driving. And that's how we found this amazing historical amphitheater and we were so glad we did. This place made me think of old Athens, not that I've been there, but one day, right?
First, I have a question for you, can you spot me among all these wonderful colors? Hahah
I said in many on my previous posts that we love to travel, discover new places and mostly, just get away from the city as often as we can. A change of scenery does wonders, it disconnects us from day-to-day life and takes away the stress that comes along with it.
So I was looking for new places to visit in So Cal, that didn't require too much driving. So I came across Leo Carillo Ranch Historic Park. It had me at "historic" and "ranch" but what really caught my attention was the part where it said that there are peacocks all around this ranch, roaming freely. You don't see peacocks too often in the city so on the road we were.
We did not regret going there at all. The architecture of this place and the beautiful landscape made it all worth the drive that lasted longer than it should have, due to traffic.
My outfit was right on point, NOT for being on a ranch but I think it mixed perfectly with the surroundings. I felt like wearing something colorful and given that it was still a hot day, this light, summery dress was just the perfect choice.
Alcatraz is, without any doubt, the most famous prison in the world. The fact that it is isolated on an island, of maximum security and with plenty of stories and questions, makes it so much more interesting, and definitely a curiosity for endless crowds that come daily, like us, to see with their own eyes what it's all about.
Now, let me begin by saying that if you want to visit Alcatraz, plan accordingly and book in advance. Tours get booked and sold out fast and so you don't want to ruin your adventure just by not being able to get there. We booked our tickets about two months prior to the actual trip so I'm not exactly sure how far in advance you'd have to do it. Just as soon as you settle your heart on going to San Francisco/Alcatraz start checking. We used this website and it advises that tickets sell out weeks in advance.