A Fourth of July spent in Julian, Ca

Julian Stage Line

Nestled in the Volcan Mountains there is the small old mining town of Julian. They are well known for their apples and the greatest little town Fourth of July parade in America. The parade and their apples are why we got up at the crack of dawn and made the three hour drive to this quaint town. Unbeknownst to us was that there was a fire raging close by and even though they had it pretty much under control by the time we got there,  the town needed to cancel the parade in order to keep the main … [Read more...]

Weird West Adams Tour

Alvarado Terrace Church

There is so much more to Los Angeles than meets the eye. Los Angeles is filled with great history and architecture. Unfortunately, a lot of the early architecture is gone, but the history still remains. A great way to immerse yourself into that history is by taking a tour led by some very passionate people. I believe Kim Cooper and Richard Schave, owners of An Esotouric ™  Bus Adventure, are just the right people to show you the history that Los Angeles has to offer. They offer several … [Read more...]

Rides of Adventureland

Hungry Hippo!

Adventureland is where your inner explorer can come out and play. You can board a steamer for a cruise to exotic lands,  join an excursion in the " Temple of the Forbidden Eye", climb Tarzan's treehouse, and let yourself be entertained by some very exuberant birds and flowers. Adventureland was one of the lands that has been at Disneyland since opening day in 1955. It is meant to resemble the remote jungles of Africa, Asia, South America, and the South Pacific. Once you walk into … [Read more...]

The Getty Villa

The Getty Villa

The Getty Villa is a must stop for any art lovers who are planning on a trip to Southern California. Not only is the Villa itself a piece of art but the Roman and Greek antiquity collection is extensive with art pieces dating from 6,500 B.C. to 400 A.D. You can easily spend a whole day here exploring all the rooms filled with beautiful art, relaxing in the herb garden, or you can spend a whole afternoon just taking in the incredible view of the Pacific Ocean. The Getty Villa is modeled … [Read more...]

Rides of New Orleans Square

Pirates of the Caribbean

New Orleans Square is where you can celebrate Mardi Gras all year long, hang out with some rowdy pirates, and visit an old fashioned Louisiana plantation house that is said to be haunted by 999 ghosts.  Southern belles can have their parasol's personalized and everyone can sit down for a meal and enjoy some delightful jazz music. New Orleans Square was the first new land to be added since Disneyland first opened and New Orleans Square's opening day, July 24, 1966, was Walt Disney's last major … [Read more...]

Crystal Gold Mine

Mining Car

If you are looking for a couple hours of fun and history, then make your way up to the Idaho panhandle. Located right outside of the picturesque town of Kellogg, Id, is the Crystal Gold Mine. I highly recommend a quick drive through or if the weather is nice, a nice stroll through the town of Kellogg before making your way over to the mine. The Crystal Gold Mine offers a tour of the mine, great history, and an opportunity to pan for some gold. This was the first hard rock … [Read more...]

Rides of Fantasyland

Sleeping Beauty Castle

Fantasyland is where the imagination of every child comes true. You get to sail over London in a pirate ship, fly over Fantasyland with an elephant, and bobsled through the Swiss Alps, all in one day. The beauty of Fantasyland is, its for everyone, no matter how old you are. I will never tire of flying with Peter Pan or screaming when the abominable snowman growls at me. Fantasyland has thirteen rides and you can spend all day going on every single one. Trust me, I know this as a fact because … [Read more...]

Spy Exhibit at the Ronald Reagan Library

Spy Exhibit

Seeing as it was President's weekend, we thought it would be a good time to go over to the Ronald Reagan's Library and check out their current exhibit: SPY: The Secret World of Espionage. This is a great exhibit of never before seen objects and documents from the CIA, KGB, FBI, National Reconnaissance Office and the clandestine world of spies. The exhibit starts with the history of where our current CIA got its start. Following the bombing of Pearl Harbor, President Roosevelt … [Read more...]

Summer trip to Italy 2013 Day 9

Good morning Venice!

I can't believe this was not only going to be our last day in Venice, but our last day in Italy. How can anyone ever want to leave this magical country? Trust me it was not easy, but we still had one wonderful day left and we definitely made the most of it. First off was breakfast. I was really going to miss all those wonderful breakfasts. On our way out, I had this great idea to take some pictures from our hotel balcony. Apparently, we weren't the only ones to have had … [Read more...]

Hollywood Forever Cemetery Tour

Hollywood Forever Cemetery

If you are interested in vintage Hollywood and love watching the old movies, this tour will be right up your alley. I have visited several cemeteries in other countries, but have never thought of visiting one so close to me. Some people might find touring a cemetery strange, but this is Hollywood and I'm sure the stars still love to have fans come visit them, even decades after they've passed. The Hollywood Sign is a perfect back drop for the cemetery of the stars and film makers that … [Read more...]

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