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Streets of Downieville California, Gold Rush town on Route 49, USA
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Historic Route 49, memories of California’s Gold Rush era

I remember for my 9th birthday treat going to the cinema with my family and some friends from school who all came home for a birthday tea. In those days you actually got dressed up to go to the cinema, …

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The foot of General Sherman in Sequoia National ParK, California, USA
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Sequoia National Park – ‘Take only memories leave only footprints’

A visit to any one of the spectacular outdoor museums, which are America’s breathtaking National Parks, always fills me with wonder. The grandeur and magnificence of nature laid out before you to stare and marvel at. Our recent trip to …

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Palm Trees at The Ritz Carlton, Dana Point, California, USA
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California dreamin’

The 350 miles, which separates San Francisco and the Bay Area from Los Angeles and the beaches of southern California, stretches like a flattened snake skin, slithering its way silently down the valley. The accompanying ribbon of traffic twists and …

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Contemplations on a Las Vegas drive

Driving to Las Vegas never ceases to amaze me. How did this world famous, vibrant, if not extremely bizarre, neon light, party place come to be in existence in the middle of an arid, almost barren desert, miles from anywhere? …

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Los Angeles: The Griffith Observatory and Hollywood Sign

The incredible Griffith Observatory in Los Angeles, occupying a prominent hillside site, close to the infamous ‘HOLLYWOOD’ sign, was my new LA discovery.  It proves that there is always something new to learn about a city, no matter how little …

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Tomatoes grown in California’s Central Valley

  Driving south down California’s Interstate ‘5’, from San Francisco to Los Angeles, any time between mid July to mid September, you cannot fail to notice the caravan of northbound trucks hauling tomatoes in huge, white, open pallets. Where are …

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State Street Santa Barbara, California, USA
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Santa Barbara – Europe in California

“We decided not to go to Europe this year but come to Santa Barbara instead” Oucch! Just the type of comment that the cynical Brit loves to ‘munch on’ when grumbling about their sheltered maybe somewhat less travelled American cousins……………. But having …

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Palm Desert, California, USA
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Agua Caliente – Palm Springs/Palm Desert, a place to escape?!

This tiny house in Belmont Shore is where our life in California began nearly 30 years ago! When we arrived in Los Angeles in July 1985 it was my first visit to North America, my husband had seen a great deal …

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A Southern California Beach
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The 405 San Diego Freeway – where our Californian love affair began

Why would anyone be reduced to tears in the hazy, virtually standstill, 6 lanes of gas guzzling  405, San Diego Freeway? A Los Angeles freeway that I always think of as ‘mine’. A road full of so many memories and …

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