Saturday, September 26, 2009

Santa Monica Dreaming

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When you think of Los Angeles, what picture do you have in mind? Is it like this?

California Dreaming

Or this?
Los Angeles Skyline
Or is it something that says "Hollywood"?
I hope you can see the Hollywood sign on that mountain slope :)
Probably some info not so known to most is that, Metropolitan Los Angeles, just like California , has remarkable geographical diversity. I must admit when I was still back in the Philippines, when I think of California, I think of tall buildings and overcrowded metropolis, I think of women in skimpy wears lying on the sand sunbathing, I think of "Hollywood", I think of "Disneyland", I think of "Sea World", but I never thought about this.

North Lake, Bishop, Eastern Sierra, California
Los Angeles, being sandwiched by the ocean and the mountains, offers diverse outdoor activities aside from going to Disneyland or marching in the streets of Hollywood. What is unique to most of California is that one can go surfing,
and skiing or sledding in one day.
And what is my favorite destination whenever I am in Metropolitan Los Angeles? Or when I am touring some visiting friends? I must say it is Santa Monica.
Santa Monica Pier
Living in San Diego, I a lot of times would prefer to go hiking first and them jump into the ocean to cool off. Hiking and the ocean goes together for me, and staying in Santa Monica Beach Hotel allows me to pursue the same activities I do in San Diego when I am touring some visiting friends ( one thing that is part of living in California is entertaining friends and family during summer who spends time for vacation).  If visiting and touring some friends to metropolitan L.A., we usually pick Santa Monica Beach Accommodations . It feels great to be waking up seeing the sunrise and ending the day at sunset at Santa Monica.
Santa Monica Dreaming
At Santa Monica, beach fun continues even after sunset. Visiting L.A? There are so many things to do and see in Los Angeles other than Hollywood, Universal Studios and Disneyland. You can add surfing, hiking, skiing, aside from the other activities L.A is more known for, FUN.

 @ Santa Monica, Pier

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23 comments:

  1. California could be the last state my Hubby would like to go. I don't know about him but I have been dreaming of one day visit it especially when I read about it in your blogs. You make California very enticing. If only Hubby will take time to read your blog... much less my own blogs. lol.

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  2. It is so true when they say "I LOVE L.A." I would also consider our State the melting pot of a diversified cultures. Your images are so beautiful. Love the beach scenes and the ferris wheel. I guess, we are just lucky to be in close proximity to Santa Monica pier when we witnessed its centennial celebration this month. I am so green with your Bishop photos. Unfortunately we can't visit this time for the fall foliage.

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  3. Beth, your photos really showcased California! I love it. It is the first state outside of Houston that I was able to visit (2003). California as Ebie said is really diversified. We noticed that right away too. We spent a week in L.A. and another in the San Francisco area (San Jose and Monterey) We really loved the weather in California! Next stop, San Diego! Can't wait to see it, and your photos are a huge help! Very inviting!

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  4. California, from your description, is a place with a mix of city life and exciting ocean and mountain activities.

    It is a great place to stay.

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  5. Awesome, all the places looks so gorgeous! There are so many beautiful scenery for us to see. Wow...a lot of people are enjoying their surfing huh! :P

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  6. You just demonstrated, beautifully, by the way, why I love my home state--it has everything!

    peace,
    mike
    livelife365

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  7. I think of smog and Hollywood, but your images look better. I've always loved southern CA for its beaches, excitement, weather, ...etc. I guess I can't really complain since I just live north of you. :)

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  8. Beautiful photos, betchai. I must admit when I thought about Los Angeles, the busy buildings, and streets come to mind.

    Thanks for info..

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  9. Oh! I didn't know that they have snow there! I am going there next year, hope I can visit all those beautiful places you've displayed betchai :)

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  10. Your pictures are beautiful! It amazing that in L.A. you can surf and play in the snow in the same day if you want to.

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  11. I used to think of Los Angeles the same was as you used to, but reading your blog for this past year has changed my mind completely.

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  12. betchai for me it would either have to be the mountain photo, or the trees. I love peace, and quiet, and being able to hear the sounds of nature.

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  13. thank u for sharing, looking at stuff thru yr eyes makes it so much more interesting. i guess i have visited yr blog often enuf for u to know i dont do mushy mushy talk so i mean what i say :)

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  14. Hi Betchai, it's good to be back here. I'm one of those who are thinking of Hollywood and tall buildings when thinking of Los Angeles. This post has introduced to me a different side of LA.

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  15. Wow! I like that Yosemite National Park!

    I must admit when you mention Los Angeles I only think of tall buildings and Hollywood! : )

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  16. Hi Betchai! That lake is very captivating!

    LA has a lot to offer when it comes to fun and beach which i love to indulge with at times but i still prefer to live in a less busy town with friendly neighborhoods. We've been planning to go there in LA since we came but time really won't permit us.

    How's everything now? Btw, remember hubs' half bro the one i was telling you in hospital....he's now resting...

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  17. Betchai, thanks for this post. It's got me excited. I will be in Hollywood the end of October and love looking at these photos. I haven't been there in over 30 years so I'm excited about it.

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  18. I always think of the Hollywood sign when I think California. Isn't it terrible how movies can stereotype
    a place.

    This sign is still the first thing that comes into my mind even though I have visited a number of places in California but never seen the Hollywood sign.

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  19. It makes sense that California would be diverse, it is such a large state. Your photos do a great job of highlighting the diversity of the region.

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  20. I like the colourful ferris wheel...so pretty.

    There's so much to see and do over in LA :)

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  21. ill just dream about this Ms Beth. hope ill be given the chance to explore this side of the world :-)

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  22. i am sorry that i have not been down here in a hile, beth. i have truly been preoccupied with the disasters and the relief operations. please help me spread some more links by reading my latest blog. thank you beth. it means a lot. God bless.

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THANK YOU SO MUCH!!