Category Archives: California

Legoland, California – a beautiful theme park for children of all ages

If you or your kids love Legos then LEGOLAND is the right place for you! Or, if you love theme parks in general you will love Legoland the most! If you have kids, this is the perfect place for them as well. As a large theme park, Legoland is designed to be an all day event for you and your family, providing entertainment kids and adults alike. We have visited Legoland several times and loved it every time we went. I have asked my ten years old daughter to tell you about the main attractions at Legoland.

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My 8 favorite cute and quaint country cottages

Houghton, England – Beautiful fairy tale country cottage
Houghton, England - Beautiful fairy tale country cottage

For all of us who live in urban areas, we dream about a cozy country cottage surrounded by flowers and grape vines. In my travels I have found a few of these cozy and cute country cottages that look very idyllic. Read on to see my favorite cozy and quaint country cottages from all over the world.

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Disneyland, California – 3 rules for making the most of your visit

I have visited both Disneyland and California Adventure a number of times over the last 20 years and can clearly say that both parks have become much busier over the years. This busy-ness translates in very long wait times for most of the attractions. This also means that you cannot really see every attraction in one day…no matter what day of the year you go. However, there are some simple things you can do in order to avoid the peak visiting times and enjoy your visit to Disneyland a lot more. Read more to find three simple rules for avoiding the busiest times at Disneyland.

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Avalon, Catalina Island – get a taste of the French Riviera in California

We recently took our first day trip to Catalina Island in the summer. Even though we live somewhat close to the boat dock to Catalina we have never traveled there until recently. After having recently visited the French and Italian Rivieras, Catalina Island was surprisingly similar. Really? In California? Where you have to work so hard to find anything older than 100 years? What could California possibly offer that is comparable with Italy’s famous Tuscany ? Well, Catalina Island surprised us and it will surprise you!

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Pismo Beach, California – Astonishing views and fun activities

As holidays approach plans are underway in most of the people’s mind on which destination they want to visit. The best place to be where you can have fun in a beach is the Pismo state beach where you will also enjoy bird watching which is a popular activity there. In the US it’s the park which has the largest over – wintering colony of Monarch butterflies. The park is located in the town of Oceano off Highway 1.

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Malibu, California – Beautiful California coast at Point Dume

Point Dume Malibu, CaliforniaPoint Dume in Malibu, California is a very small place. It doesn't really come up in conversations about California except for those who live in Southern California. Point Dume is a favorite place for locals especially in the winter months because it is right on the migration path for gray and blue whales as they travel north to Alaska. Between January and April, Point Dume is one of the few spots on the land where you can actually get to see some whales in addition to dolphins and other sea creatures.

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Los Angeles, California – Travel photos from the Getty Center

The Getty Center in Los Angeles is an amazing place. We were finally able to visit this place and be transported for a few hours in the heart of Europe. This was not because of the architecture of the buildings because they are very American and very modern. But the art on display at the Getty Center was amazing. We got to see Manet, Money, Renoir and even a very rare sketch by Da Vinci. Read more to see some pictures from the Getty Center.

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Lompoc, California – La Purisima Mission takes you back in time

La Purisima Mission is one of the 27 California missions that line up the California coast from south to north. Located in Lompoc, La Purisima is actually a state park and it has been extensively reconstructed to better capture the feel of the Mission times. With lots of things to offer for the entire family, La Purisima Mission Park is a great tourist stop for the California traveler. Read on to find out what is worth seeing at La Purisima.

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Buellton, California is a relaxing stop for the California traveler

Buellton is a small town north of Santa Barbara, California. It is right next to the 101 freeway and it provides very easy access to the California central coast area. However, there is not much to see and do in Buellton itself, but the area around Buellton is full of natural beauty and tourist attractions. We really enjoyed Buellton as a stop on our drive from Pismo Beach back to Southern California. Read more to find out about Buellton, California.

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Shell Beach, California gives dramatic views of rugged California coast

California Coast has many beautiful beaches. It does however have a very rugged and dramatic face as well in some places. Shell Beach is one of these places where the dramatic and rugged nature of the California coast is being displayed on a large scale. In addition, Shell Beach is somewhat special because in the middle of this rugged coastline, you have access to a few small and secluded beaches surrounded by large and impressive rocks. Shell Beach makes for a special beach experience. Read on and find out how to see all this dramatic beauty.

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Edna Valley, California is a beautiful and peaceful wine country valley

If you want to get a taste of traditional California countryside, then Edna Valley is the right place for you. Located just a short drive up the hill from the ocean, Edna Valley is a peaceful and beautiful region in the California Central Coast area. While not boasting any famous California tourist attractions or landmarks, Edna Valley is home to several famous California wineries as well as several typical California horse ranches.

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Port San Luis Harbor, California is post card perfect

If you snooze, you lose…goes the saying! Indeed, if you’re driving on the 101 freeway around the Pismo Beach area and you miss the Avila Beach Drive exit, then you lose a hidden jewel on the California Central Coast. But if you’re willing to get off the beaten path and get off the freeway you will be rewarded greatly with stunning views of the ocean and a relaxed atmosphere in one of the little known California spots. Port San Luis, California is the perfect hidden jewel of the Central California Coast. It’s small, clean and simply beautiful!

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Avila Beach, California is the perfect beach town

The mountains around San Luis Obispo Bay area hide Avila Beach very well. But if you’re willing to get off the beaten path and get off the freeway you will be rewarded greatly with stunning views of the ocean and a relaxed atmosphere in one of the little known California beach towns. Avila Beach, California is the perfect beach town. It’s small, clean and simply beautiful!

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Oso Flaco Lake, California is a surprising place among sand dunes

The sand dunes around Pismo Beach are barren and suitable only for ATVs and “four wheelin”. However, there is one natural gem, hidden right between sand dunes. This gem is a fresh water lake called Oso Flaco Lake. Oso Flaco means Skinny Bear in Spanish. Oso Flaco Lake was discovered by Spanish conquistadors way back in the 19th century while they were scouting the California coast. Today, Oso Falco Lake has been turned into a well preserved and well cared for park which is very surprising to the visitor.

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Oso Flaco Lake, California travel pictures

Oso Flaco Lake is a hidden natural gem. Oso Flaco lake is hidden in the Pismo Dunes Natural Preserve and it is surrounded by farm land. Situated about 30 minutes south of Pismo Beach and about 10 minutes north of the small town of Guadelupe, Oso Flaco Lake is hard to find. There is only one small street sign on Cabrillo Highway. If you don’t know what you’re looking for, you will definitely miss it. Once you get to the sign there is another five to ten minutes drive through farm lands until you get to the Oso Flaco park. But what a beautiful place Oso Flaco Lake is! It is nestled among sand dunes and the state has built a beautiful walkway that goes almost over the entire lake. Then you can continue walking all the way to the ocean. You get an amazing view at the end of the walkway. It’s just a beautiful place!

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Buellton, California travel photos

Buellton, California - Ostriches eating vigurously at Ostrich Land in Buellton.Buellton is many times confused with Solvang, California. On the one hand, there is good reason for them to be confused simply because they are very close to one another. On the other hand, Solvang and Buellton are very different based on the tourist attractions they both offer. While Solvang provides great European architecture and feel, Buellton is a regular American town that has just a few attractions: Andersen’s Pea Soup complex and Ostrich Land. Regardless of the differences, Buellton makes a great rest stop if you’re driving on the 101 and you want your family to take a break from driving. See more pictures from Buellton, California

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Avila Beach, California travel photos

Avila Beach, California - View of the beach and rugged cliffs surrounding Avila Beach.Avila Beach is another hidden jewel of the California Central Coast. It is hidden in the San Luis Obispo Bay and if you don’t go there on purpose, you will never see it. Avila Pretty is well hidden from the 101 freeway by a beautiful forest and some very tall hills. These hills provide amazing views of the ocean and of San Luis Obispo Bay. For now, I’m only posting a few pictures from Avila beach but pretty soon I’ll post my detailed Avila Beach travel guide. Enjoy my pictures from Avila Beach for now.

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Pismo Beach, California travel photos

Pismo Beach, California - View of the city of Pismo Beach from the beach itself.Pismo Beach is one of those hidden tourist jewels that is within easy reach but bypassed many times by tourists. The California coast is just beautiful off the 101 freeway in the Pismo Beach area. The fact that many larger tourist attractions like San Luis Obisbo and Hearst Castle are so close, most tourists just pass by Pismo Beach on their way up north. What a mistake! Pismo Beach is just an amazing stop even if you have only few hours to spare. Pretty soon I'll post my detailed Pismo Beach travel guide, but for now enjoy more pictures from Pismo Beach.

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San Francisco, California – a downtown walk

Skyscrapers in San Francisco CaliforniaWe visited San Francisco a few times and we loved it every time. This time however it was in December and it was raining hard and the San Francisco Bay was covered in thick fog. We ended up mostly driving around but we were still able to walk around Fisherman Wharf area and enjoy the sites. San Francisco is spectacular despite the rain. Read on to find out the main tourist attractions in downtown San Francisco.

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