Monday, November 9, 2009


For My World Tuesday, I checked Wikipedia.  Ventura, located north of LA and south of Santa Barbara, has some of the best surfing in southern California.  I posted some pictures from Surfer's Point in a previous post.  During my visit, and after two days soaking up the ocean vibes, we took a short walk from my sister's condo on Santa Clara to downtown Ventura.

Here is a lovely fountain in front of a mural related to the Mission San Buenaventura.  Like many places in California, it was established as a Catholic Mission.

Isn't this a wonderful tiled planter?

I was concentrating on getting a picture of the mission and didn't notice this SoCal dude driving by in his convertible until later.  This is definitely not in Utah!

Downtown Ventura has museums, galleries, dining and shopping.  On this particular Saturday, there was an art walk so the stores were having sales and there was a lot of sidewalk art to enjoy.

My favorite store was We Olive.  The sales guys were so helpful.  There was a bar lined with olive oil flavors and dunkies to try them out.  I came home with a little taste and a promise to order more online.  

It was another great day in California!  


Janie said...

Cool dude in the convertible. He looks very un-Utah!
Nice shots of Ventura. Love the fountain.

Linda said...

Lovely - all these different facets of Southern California.

The thing I remember most about visiting some of the missions was the swallows flying all around the walls. They really seemed to love those buildings.

Sylvia K said...

Oh, yeah! Definitely a cool, California dude! Very definitely un-Washington, too. Love your captures of Ventura, the fountain and that lovely tile planter. Looks like a really fun visit! Thanks for taking us along!



JOE TODD said...

I could almost feel the warmth of the day. Enjoyed then scenic Sunday post also

Sunny said...

Wonderful architecture, nothing like this area. We get a few dudes in convertibles, their degree of coolness is questionable!
Sunny :)

Riet said...

LOvely to see all different places in the world. Great shots

Snap said...

Fun shots! Lovely colors.

Stine in Ontario said...

California is different from any other place in the world, me thinks. LOL Thanks for the tour of Ventura through the eyes of someone from Utah.

Barb said...

Looks as though your days were filled with blue skies, beautiful scenery, and fabulous food. What could be better? Love the fountain shot!

Sistertex said...

Very nice - I really liked the fountain shot. Thanks for sharing your world!

eileeninmd said...

Great series of photos and a nice tour of Ventura.

Betsy from Tennessee said...

Loran, I love hearing about your trip to CA.... The fountain is gorgeous and that tile planter is unique. WOW!!!!

Did you go inside of the mission? Such a neat church/mission. Beautiful...

Life in CA must be wonderful.

EcoRover said...

Ventura highway, in the sunshine... Love that song, if only there weren't so many people there!

Arija said...

Wonderful pics and delightful sightseeing. Enjoyed every bit of it.

Rita said...

Hi mountain.mamma
Love that fountain shot, and the blue tiles are special too.

Tammie Lee said...

so many memories for me.....
Original home being T.O then S.B.~

gaelikaa said...

What a beautiful much to see, so little time.....

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