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Sights from Crystal Cove, part 2

On what’s going to be another Extreme Heat day here in Southern California, a few more beach pictures seem in order. These were taken at Crystal Cove, south of Newport Beach. It’s such a wonderful spot! For further information on the  historic district there, check out this link. Per the website: “The Crystal Cove Historic […]

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Taste of New Orleans, part 5, Garden District

The gallery of photos in this post features those I took in the New Orleans’ Garden District. I rode the trolley from my downtown hotel, then walked through this area of beautiful, old homes. Such classic architecture, stately and grand. Seeing someone walking basset hounds added to the atmosphere for me! ~SueBee

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Taste of New Orleans, part 4, La Fayette Cemetery No. 1

(31 photos) Exploring the Lafayette Cemetery No. 1 in the New Orleans Garden District, I was enthralled by the history, the tombs, the names… it was quite unlike anything here in Southern California.  I found the cemetery a bit eerie at times, with the clouds casting odd shadows, a homeless man with a very sad […]

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Weathered

WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge asked us to interpret Weathered. For my entry, I’m including a few pictures I took downtown Los Angeles of the very weathered signage and exterior decor of the Palace Theatre. Per their website , “The Palace Theatre opened on June 26, 1911 as the Orpheum Theatre—the third home of Orpheum vaudeville in […]

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Cathedral Canyon

(17 photos) While visiting friends, Aranka and George, in Pahrump, Nevada earlier this year, they toured me to some fascinating places. With Pahrump, being situated between Death Valley, California, and Las Vegas, Nevada, some might think there’s nothing to see. Wrong! The area is dotted with interesting, unusual sights, one of which I’m featuring in […]

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Point Loma Lighthouse

This gallery features a little tour of the Point Loma Lighthouse on the tip of the peninsula at San Diego. I imagine it was a lonely place way back in the day, but certainly not these days. It was quite the tourist hot spot while I was there. ~SueBee  

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Opera in Death Valley

(14 photos) My friends, Aranka and her husband George, whom I visited in Pahrump, Nevada, earlier this week took me on a fabulous tour of the local area. On Tuesday, our destination was Death Valley. Driving through some pretty unforgiving land, there suddenly stood the Amargosa Opera House! I linked to their website for those […]

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Tour during wedding set-up, Heritage Square

(18 photos in gallery) I took a long-overdue tour recently of a place that’s fascinated me for years, the Heritage Square Museum near downtown Los Angeles. I arrived late afternoon on a very hot day, and discovered a wedding being set up. Our tour guide ignored all the wedding hustle and bustle; I guessed it […]

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Kat at the Grand Canyon

This past November, Kat and her boyfriend, Cameron, visited the Grand Canyon. It sounds like they had a fabulous trip, and in viewing the pictures Kat sent me to upload for this post, it looks like a fabulous trip, as well! They drove by car from the city of Orange in Southern California to Williams, […]

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At the Huntington, 2

Continuing from my previous post, the photos in this gallery further explore the grounds and a few more statues at the Huntington Library and Botanical Gardens. ~SueBee

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San Gabriel Mission District, 2

(20 photos in gallery) Continuing from my previous post featuring the San Gabriel Mission District, the photos in this gallery further explore the exterior of the Mission. It was evening and visiting hours were over, so I was only able to see the grounds through the gates. It was interesting enough that I look forward […]

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San Gabriel Mission District, 1

(16 photos in gallery) Intent on avoiding freeway traffic on the drive home to Orange from the San Gabriel Valley a few weeks ago, I realized my detour would take me near the Mission. I also realized, in spite of growing up in Southern California, I’d never actually been there. With a quick stop to check directions, I made […]

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Aztec Hotel on old Route 66

When driving from my hometown of Orange a week or two ago, en route to the Huntington Library and Botanical Gardens, I knew I’d have some time to kill because the Huntington wouldn’t be open until noon. So I detoured a bit, starting in Glendora and over through Monrovia, searching out old Route 66. I’d gone to […]

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Stepping Back in Time

I took a small detour on my way to the Huntington Library and Botanical Gardens in San Marino the other day, sidetracking myself along part of the old Route 66. I’m fascinated by vintage things, historical spots, places that were and take every chance to seek out whenever possible. The pictures in this gallery, of […]

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Old Man Fig of Orange

Ever since moving to the city of Orange last year, I found myself fascinated by this enormous tree whenever I’d drive past. While out with Kat this past Sunday, we stopped so I could take some pictures. Kat’s posing near the roots so you can get an idea of the size.I was thrilled to see the […]

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Near Olvera Street

I was downtown Los Angeles this past weekend for the swearing-in ceremony of California’s new Controller, Betty Yee, and snapped these photos in the area of Olvera Street, the oldest street in Los Angeles. ~SueBee

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Catalina’s Wrigley Memorial and Botanical Gardens

During my recent visit to Catalina Island, I took a little red trolley car (the Avalon city bus) and rode it through town and up the hill to the Botanical Gardens. I had no idea until I reached the top, walking an uphill, dirt roadway on a very hot day, that I was at the place where […]

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Catalina’s Famous Casino

(24 Photos) I took a walking tour of the famous Catalina Casino, designed in the Art Deco and Mediterranean Revival styles at a cost of two million dollars, and opened May 29, 1929. The building featured the first movie theater designed for pictures with sound, “talkies”, and the world’s largest circular dance floor. The Casino gets its name […]

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Showtime at The Muck

(16 photos) Kat and I spent a recent Sunday afternoon at The Muckenthaler Cultural Center, The Muck, in Fullerton, enjoying a classic car show and live band. Janet Klein and Her Parlor Boys, who play Jazz / Pre-war / Vaudeville style music, were absolutely irresistible! The audience was enthralled, utterly captivated by the music and performance. I’m […]

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Springtime at Oak Glen, part 3

(19 photos) As you may have noticed in Part 1 or Part 2, Oak Glen is a must-visit kind of place during the springtime. Particularly if you’re a Southern California resident who has grown weary of freeway gridlock, tract housing, crowds, and the heat! While the temperature wasn’t really any cooler than at home, being […]

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