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North America » United States » California » Santa Barbara August 13th 2018

set off not particularly early to visit the Crystal Cathedral in Orange County - huge new cathedral before heading to Santa Barbara and decided to stop off at Venice beach to see what the fuss was about. Managed to find an parking spot without having to pay - no mean feat. Then spotted a load of electric scooters lying about in the side of the road - so we had to didn’t we! 20 minutes later we had sorted the app out and we’re off along the side street and promenade at almost 7 miles per hour on our scooters - great fun shooting along and covered a lot of ground pretty quickly along the beach before heading back and walking along the canals - not quite like the Italian version. After lunch we then carried ... read more
walking on water
good advice from the man above
Palm trees Santa Barbara

While the entire trip of our journey from Seattle to Los Angeles was spectacular and unlike anything we'd ever seen before, I have to say that I feel we saved the best for last! We entered Santa Barbara unsure of what to expect. Yet, it blew us away with its beauty, history and culture. After checking into our boutique hotel, we made a beeline to La Super-Rica, a taqueria just outside the city that we'd read about for months. Apparently, famous chef Julia Child was a major fan of the establishment, known for its innovative and delicious tamales, which are also incredibly fresh and authentic. We both got chicken tamales with Verde sauce and we were pleased to find that there wasn't a major crowd. Until that point, I'd always maintained that the best meal I'd ... read more
Hollywood Sign
Chinese Theatre
Hollywood Boulevard

As we peered through the flowers and saw the floating marine layer wafting through the hillside at Godric Grove in Elings Park, we could see why she loved “her Santa Barbara” so much. Just this small slice of her home town revealed to us the beauty and grandeur of a place she held so dear. We had arrived with many others to celebrate the life of one of TravelBlog’s own, Tara Cloud. We always enjoyed her blogs, her comments to other bloggers and her stunning pictures. But most of all, we appreciated her candor on all subjects and love for her native California. It was more than obvious that she held the Golden State in the highest regard and had a running love affair with Santa Barbara, a smaller coastal city north of Los Angeles, which ... read more
A free spirit
Celebration of Life
Brendan & Tara

North America » United States » California » Santa Barbara August 11th 2016

Visiting Kat in Santa Barbara was sobering in ways that I can't explain. Perhaps it's because we're the same age, grew up together, and we're young lovers once. Perhaps she reminds me of the time that we've lost being wanderers and wasting our youth. I look forward to and dread our meetings. Not because there's no love there, but because I know we will always have honest conversations that go deep, to our insecurities. That's what happens in relationships when you only see each other once or twice a year. The transition from "Hello! How are you?" to "What are you doing with your life?" is much faster than in normal relationships. We always know the real score so we can't pretend that we have everything together like the impression that most people have of us. ... read more
Vineyards from the wine tour in Santa Barbara
With Kat's dog Dodger

Geo: 34.5961, -120.145I was feeling much better about food this morning and ate a full breakfast. We finished packing up, and then headed over to nearby Balboa Park to explore. It was Monday morning commute time, and we wanted to avoid traffic if we could. It was already blazing hot in the 80s even though it was 9am. We wandered around Balboa Park looking at architecture that reminded me a little of Gaudi's work in Spain. The park is full of museums- its like our Golden Gate Park in San Francisco. At some point when Arya's a little older, or if there's ever a trip before then without her, I'd love to go back and visit the museums. She's still a little too young. :) Okay. A lot too young. Then it was time to head ... read more
Balboa Park
Balboa Park
Balboa Park

North America » United States » California » Santa Barbara December 8th 2015

First and foremost, I am going on my first international trip to London for New Years!!! Yayy!! the process of getting there has been an interesting one indeed. Since May I have not had internet so therefore no blog. I decided to try out love and move out to the woods with someone I had been dating for awhile to learn about farm life. After a stressful season and heartbreak, my branching out lead to meeting some really awesome people from London. The invite and pull out to the UK could not be ignored and I decided to jump on the idea and head out Christmas Eve. This begins, sparks and fulfills a dent in my wanderlust. So far I have created a Couchsurfers, Airbnb, and Trusted Housesitters profile to further expand my adventures. Although I ... read more

North America » United States » California » Santa Barbara November 9th 2015

The last event of our trip here in California was, of course, Halloween. Sandwiched in between mountain walks we went to Halloween Parties, pumpkin patches and spent an afternoon Trick or Treating around the local area. The first event was a fancy dress party in the back yard of a friend of Sharon's . 'Huge garden' would have been a more accurate description with their own swimming pool, sand pit, trampoline, swings and slide, plus numerous other play structures. Everyone joined in and turned up in fancy dress, Stan was Fred Flintstone and I wore a red rock and roll skirt. Most other people, I have to say, were wearing costumes with a Halloween theme. Oh well we did our best!! The children here had a great time playing games to do with spiders and ghosts ... read more
Pumpkins everywhere!
Hay ride.
Budding farmers

North America » United States » California » Santa Barbara November 8th 2015

Our last few days in California were a bit hectic so I have some back tracking to do. During the whole time we were here the region was hit by a terrific heatwave with temperatures regularly hitting the high 90's F with no rainfall to speak of. We'd been very restricted as to what walking trails we could actually hike - seeking shady ones mostly. The trouble is with tree lined shady paths you don't get the views. One of our favorite paths that we'd intended to repeat was the Tunnel Trail which takes you for five and a half miles up to Le Cumbre Peak over 4000ft high. The path gives fantastic views of the coast line stretching both North and South. We'd done this path 3 years previously and knew that from the path ... read more
Dry Dusty Tunnel Trail
The Rocky Path up Arlington Peak seen from the Tunnel Trail
Peak of Arlington Peak.

North America » United States » California » Santa Barbara October 25th 2015

Santa Barbara is backed by a long, high mountain range. Anyone that know us knows we are drawn to mountains. Even though we've probably trekked most of the trails here in the past we're always looking for new ones or happy to repeat our favourite from before. One we discovered over a year ago was called 'The Playground' it had been difficult to find the start of the trail but once on it was an adventure of scrambling through a path overgrown with shrubs opening out at some huge rock formations overlooking the ocean in the distance. This time finding the path was just as difficult but after searching we found it and instantly recognised it. The shrubs seemed higher and more scratchy than before as we wound our way along the path, should have put ... read more
Squeezing through narrow gaps at 'The Playground'
Even smaller gaps through
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North America » United States » California » Santa Barbara October 15th 2015

'Endless Summer' is the name of one of our favourite bars in Santa Barbara, California. We have been here in Santa Barbara for just over two weeks and the name of the bar is very appropriate. Despite being in the middle of October it feels more like the height of summer with blue skies and temperatures in the mid eighties to mid nineties degrees F. We came primarily to catch up with our daughter, Sharon, and the grandchildren but also to enjoy the Californian sunshine, the beaches and mountain walks. After a long flight, with multiple stop overs, we arrived into Los Angeles quite late at night so, after collecting the rental car, stopped off in a motel close by. Next day we spent visiting 'Big Bear' a place close to L.A we tried to see ... read more
Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco. One of our multiple stop overs
Big Bear
Fun with Kyla in the pool

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