San Juan Capistrano is a beautiful town located in Orange County along the Orange Coast. It was founded by the Spanish in 1776, and houses a Mission started by Father Junipero Serra. The 1812 Capistrano earthquake caused extensive damage to the Mission and the community went into decline. San Juan was a rural town until after the 20th century, when the Mission was restored in 1910-20s, and it transformed the town into a tourist destination, and was also used as a backdrop for Hollywood films. This town is rich with history, and provides the visitor with wonderful restaurants, gardens, shopping, and historical buildings in which to explore with wonderful architecture which tell a story of times passed. Let’s explore together my favorite things to see in San Juan Capistrano.
My first interaction with Stratford-upon-Avon was when I studied Shakespeare in 7th grade. I remember a nice picture of the Avon river and the church were he was buried. At that time, that picture made me believe deep in my heart that one day I’ll be able to visit this beautiful place. And so it happened, 20 years later. We visited a lot of towns in England, but for me Stratford-upon-Avon will remain in the top five must-see towns and number one for charm and inspiration! I just loved it!
We stopped in Veurne, Belgium on our way back to London from Bruxelles. When we came from London to Bruxelles, I did notice the old church steeples from the freeway and thought that it would be a nice stop on the way back. So, that’s what we did on the way back to London. It ended up being a great place to stop and allow the kids to run around a little bit. We spent about four hours walking between the old building and visiting the old churches in the old center of Veurne. Read on to find out why we liked visiting Veurne, Belgium.
The English country side is beautiful. Driving away from a major city like Cambridge will give you a great surprise especially when stoping in a much smaller town like Ely. Ely has amazing history and it's small enough that it can easily be visited in a day. We enjoyed Ely very much ourselves. Read on to see what's worth seeing and doing in Ely, England.
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.
Lake Tahoe has some great beaches and Kings Beach is one of them. We found Kings beach a great place for a family beach day. Fine sand, shallow water and crystal clear water. There are also lots of great places to eat which adds to the fun. I’m not sure if Kings Beach is a Lake Tahoe popular spot or not, but we found it to be almost empty. There were just a few people enjoying the sun in the middle of September. It’s true that we visited Kings Beach on a Tuesday and most weekend tourists were probably gone by then. Nevertheless, we liked the place. What’s it not to like at Lake Tahoe anyway? So let’s explore my favorite things to do at Kings Beach Lake Tahoe.
Chamonix, France is a very famous winter resort but it’s not popular only in the winter. We visited Chamonix at the beginning of October on a bright and sunny day. This great weather gave us awesome views of the Alps and made our one hour drive a breeze. We couldn’t resist stopping at one of the rest stops just to admire the mountains. It proved to be the perfect day trip from Geneva, Switzerland.
We came to Sighisoara from Brasov on a sunny day in September. We got off the train in a small train station that was just too quiet. We thought that Sighisoara was a very popular tourist attraction in Romania and we assumed that it would be pretty busy at this time of year, but we were wrong and we didn’t mind it. It was actually very pleasant to walk around a small old city and not be surrounded by lots of people.
Solvang is a quiet little town, with an European reputation even though it is located in the heart of California. There are many small towns scattered all over California, but Solvang is much different than all other small towns. Danish and Dutch early settlers in California were determined to maintain their heritage in everything they did and most of all in everything they built. From shops and restaurants to office building have all been built in Danish style. Come along with me and explore the best things to do in Solvang, California.
We visited Annecy, France at the beginning of October and stumbled upon this beautiful farmers’ festival. It took me a while to figure out what the name of this festival was but I finally found it: Return from alpine pasture (Le Retour des Alpages). It takes place the second Saturday of October, every year. We just happened to visit Annecy on that Saturday and it was great…We sampled local food, saw a cow parade and listened to local music…all this with tons of other people.