Mission Santa Barbara

The Mission Santa Barbara was the tenth mission founded and is located in present day Santa Barbara, California. The architecture of the church itself is more refined and less primitive than some of… Continue reading

The Getty Villa, Part 2: The Collection

So as I mentioned in the previous post, I had to break my visit to the Getty Villa into two blog posts because I could not whittle my photos down. This post features… Continue reading

The Getty Villa, Part 1. Or, Another Dream Come True.

The real reason I went to Los Angeles was not for The Getty Museum, but for the Getty Villa, which houses the collections from Ancient Greece, Rome, and Etruria. The villa itself is… Continue reading

The Getty Museum

After stopping at the Mission San Luis Rey I found a spot near Los Angeles to sleep and in the morning headed to The Getty Museum which is perched atop a hill, offering… Continue reading

California Mission Churches: Mission San Luis Rey

Leaving San Diego and driving north along the gorgeous coast, I came across a sign for the Old Mission San Luis Rey. There are 21 mission churches in California established by the Spanish… Continue reading

San Diego, Part 6: Random Sights

I saw plenty of other things here and there while in San Diego. I ventured downtown a bit, walked through shopping and tourist areas near the beaches, became an expert on I-5 traffic…… Continue reading

San Diego, Part 5: Sunset Cliffs

The Sunset Cliffs are bluffs along a stretch of coastline in the Point Loma neighborhood of San Diego, known for breathtaking views of the Pacific Ocean. The area has trails for walking and… Continue reading

San Diego, Part 4: The Outdoor Gardens of Balboa Park

As I mentioned, Balboa Park also has an abundance of outdoor gardens and spaces for recreation and leisure. They’re all beautiful, trust me. The cactus garden is fantastical, the rose garden fragrant, and… Continue reading

San Diego, Part 3: The Architecture and Indoor Gardens of Balboa Park

Balboa Park is a massive urban park in the middle of the city, containing gardens, buildings, museums, and more. Much of it is dominated by the Spanish Baroque architecture created for the 1915… Continue reading

San Diego, Part 2: Torrey Pines State Park

I visited Torrey Pines State Park twice while in San Diego. Located north of La Jolla, the park is a reserve for the rare Torrey Pine and migrating seabirds. The coastline here is… Continue reading