Category Archives: California

California Throwback

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Haight Ashbury – The Summer of Love (Video)

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“The Haight-Ashbury district is noted for its role as a center of the 1960’s hippie movement. The earlier bohemians of the beat movement had congregated around San Francisco’s North Beach neighborhood from the late 1950’s. Many who could not find accommodation there turned to the quaint, relatively cheap and underpopulated Haight-Ashbury.[8] The Summer of Love (1967), the 1960’s era as a whole, and much of modern American counterculture have been synonymous with San Francisco and the Haight-Ashbury neighborhood ever since.” – Source: Wiki

Wanderlust Wednesday – California Dreamin’

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Venice Beach, CA

In honor of Wanderlust Wednesday – here are some photos from my past two trips to California. Please note: Some photos aren’t the best quality – Enjoy!

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Venice Beach, CA
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Venice Beach, CA
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Venice Beach, CA
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San Francisco, CA – The Golden Gate Bridge
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San Francisco, CA – Alamo Square
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San Clemente, CA
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San Clemente, CA
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San Clemente, CA
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Castaic Lake – Castaic, CA
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Castaic Lake – Castaic, CA
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Castaic Lake – Castaic, CA
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Castaic Lake – Castaic, CA
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Castaic Lake – Castaic, CA
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San Diego, CA – Sunset Cliffs
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San Diego, CA – Sunset Cliffs
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San Diego, CA – Sunset Cliffs
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San Diego, CA
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Laguna Beach, CA
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Laguna Beach, CA
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Hollywood, CA
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Hollywood, CA
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Rodeo Drive – Beverly Hills, CA

Californiacation

San Francisco, California – Golden Gate Bridge

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San Francisco – The Painted Ladies (also known as the houses from Full House)

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San Clemente, California – Orange County

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Laguna Beach, California

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Pacific Coast Highway – SoCal

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Venice Beach, California

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Long Beach, California

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Hollywood, California

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Castaic Lake, Los Angeles County

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I was lucky enough to travel to so many parts of California during my 9-day vacation there. I was visiting places all between San Francisco and Orange County, that’s about 8 hours from each other! The ride up to San Francisco was nice, beautiful mountain views and lots of land – which I love. We stayed most the time in Valencia, which is in LA county, a bit north of Hollywood. It was so nice there, a place I would move. Don’t mind some of the pictures, they’re of poor quality because I was taking them with my iPhone. 🙂

Home Sweet Home

Hello WordPress followers! I have been on a bit of a hiatus lately, I just returned home from a vacation in California! I came home to snow which was rough after spending 9 days in Cali weather. It was a bit chilly at night but during the day was pretty nice there, now I’m back to scraping snow off my car in the morning! I will be posting pictures of my trip, we traveled to a lot of different parts of Cali so there’s a bunch that I will be uploading. I just wanted to check in and say hi before I fell asleep (in my own bed!) Crazy how being away from blogging can drive one crazy! But I’m glad to be back. 🙂

Here’s a photo tease from Castaic Lake… so beautiful! The mountains were amazing to look at since I have none where I live.

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A Mental Makeover

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A year ago today, I was enjoying my third day in California.. wandering the streets, staring up at the palm trees that surrounded me. It was my first time there and I had left New York to clear my head of a few things. I went on my own, meeting up with my aunt and friend once I got there. I was stressed at home and needed a mental break, which the 9-day vacation did. I came home with a clearer conscious and a mind more made up than ever. I had decided to eat healthier, which I did. I cut fast food out of my diet completely. I think I had McDonald’s two or three times in 2013. (Which is huge considering I used to eat it all the time when my younger body could endure it) I decided to leave a relationship that I found wasn’t suiting for me any longer and I was really proud of myself. I let go of the things that were weighing me down and I feel as though my trip to California really assisted me in doing all this. I came home a different person, and I was glad. I had many chances to just be myself and stare at the sunsets or walk on the beach and it opened my eyes to a whole new world. Sometimes all you need is to get away from the norm for a while… see new things and explore new places. I’ll be leaving for California again in 17 days and I’m counting down the days! I’m hoping that again I will come home with great new experiences that will shape me into an even better person than before.

A few more photos from my trip:

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La Jolla, California

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San Diego, California

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Mimosas in Dana Point [Orange County]

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Sunset Blvd. Los Angeles

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The view from my aunt’s apartment – San Diego