This is my entry for “C” for the A to Z Challenge.


If you have been to California, from San Diego in the south to Sacramento somewhere in the north, you will agree that choosing the state for my letter C in the A to Z Challenge when I’m already behind is not one of my brightest ideas. However, I had decided on California before April, although only a couple or so days before.

What about California can I share which won’t take me a whole day to prepare the material, especially images, and write the blog post?

I started with the preparation all the same. I went through the images in my library, selecting the ones to use, which takes up the most time actually. Somehow, I was convinced I did not have the chance to blog about our 2015 US trip in its entirety. I ran a search on my site to see what I have on California and the different places I have visited, which I should have done in the first place. I had wasted time going through images because, in fact, I did share practically the whole trip.

Still, it doesn’t mean that California will not work for the challenge. And, as a travel destination, it is perfect, so write down California on your list of places to visit. There is so much to experience, and California can be many things each of us. We won’t have the same California in our mind. Our uniqueness allows us to see people, places and things differently so our stories will not be the same.

For me, California is where I wish to live. California is where I have family and friends. I also just really love the place, with the LA County as my favorite, especially Pasadena and Glendale. Of course, I am speaking from the point of view of someone who hasn’t seen the whole of the LA Country, or California.

We didn’t get a chance to go to Pasadena last December but met up in Glendale with two of my best friends from college. I would still want to show hubby the place. He does not understand why I would want to live there. Glendale is up there with Pasadena for me.

California is a happy place. It has Disneyland Park and Disneyland is the happiest place on earth, albeit darned expensive. We were also lucky because 2015 was the year Disney celebrated its 60th anniversary.

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If you can, stay until the park’s closing time. The evening is awesome, with the night parade and the fireworks show. Unfortunately, my camera phone at that time wasn’t good so the night pictures were rather terrible. I also unknowingly managed to mute my point and shoot. This resulted in my would-have-been-pretty-good videos to have no sound, so they are rather useless. We just have to go to Disneyland again.

Disneyland is such a happy place, Mary Poppins left England and is brightening up the day of Disneyland visitors with her cheerful smile.

So, I said we would go back to Disneyland. I wanted to see if the fireworks, with the Kiss Good Night, would be the same. This time around, we were actually spending a night in Anaheim. We were booked at the Sheraton a couple of blocks away from Disneyland. However, having left my cousins’ place in Fontana late,we only made it to Downtown Disney. We did not mind because we knew we would visit the Walt Disney World in Orlando.

In 2015, we went on a road trip from Los Angeles to San Francisco, stopping and spending in Sacramento and Napa Valley. A day or two in one place isn’t enough to see or experience even half of what there is for us. Perhaps, another trip to SanFran is in order. I did go back to Los Angeles because on my first visit, I only got to go to Little Tokyo and a bit around the area.

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Last December, we went to more places, including Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills and Santa Monica. Our base was actually San Diego although we stayed in Fontana for a couple of days and a night in Anaheim. I booked in San Diego because Winners Circle Resort in Solana Beach was the only available RCI-exchange resort for the week we were scheduled to be Los Angeles.

It is a pity we missed out on San Diego: another reason to go back to California. At least, we got to taste a bit of the food that shows how close San Diego is to Mexico. It is in San Diego where I had a home-made popsicle after forever. San Diego, it seems, also has the biggest and heaviest serving of burrito and chimichanga.

So, California means a lot of driving. The drive between Los Angeles and San Diego is a good two hours. I will not advise anyone to do what we did. Even the free miles on our Turo rental was insufficient. And because we needed to be in Los Angeles most of the time, we did not see any of San Diego.

Did I say California’s weather is awesome? It is. We were there in winter and it’s not so different from our South African winter… except on the mountains. My little princess was disappointed that New York didn’t give us snow even on the expected snow day so my cousins took us to Mountain High, Southern California’s closest winter resort. It was as cold as New York’s snow day, and we were not prepared so we froze our butts off.

Still, there is so much of California to see and experience. I need to go back as soon as possible… So, what’s not to like?

Hubby says California (Los Angeles) is far from everything. I was lost. I asked him what he meant by everything. He couldn’t offer me anything more really, so I asked if he meant it’s far from New York. (He started to say places near New York.) He likes New York.

I mean, even the Beach Boys and Katy Perry love California girls. πŸ™‚

AtoZ Travel (featured image)

Much love and hugs,


For the full blogs on the places visited in California, click on the links below:




Napa Valley

San Francisco and Golden Gate Bridge

24 thoughts on “California, USA

      1. It was definitely tough, even though I had stayed most of my life in Bombay. But in hindsight I am glad I moved back home. It gives me a LOT more freedom professionally and personally. I felt a little stifled by the number of rules (ridiculous especially in health care) that the US has.

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      2. That makes sense. Even the dream or ultimate wish does not give everything. I always say life is a trade off. We give up certain things for what we consider most important. I’m happy to hear you are where you need to be. There are always good memories to cherish… and vacations! 😊 Much love and hugs. β€πŸ€—

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  1. Great reading your perspective of California. With a widely-varying area greater than all of Japan, a diverse Pacific Rim culture, and the world’s fifth-largest economy all by itself, in some ways it’s more like it’s own country than an American state. I can empathize with your choice for “C”.

    I grew up along the coast just a little south of San Francisco, and went to college not far from where your header photo was taken. Nowadays, I’m just a tax refugee. πŸ˜‰

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    1. That is amazing about California! Does Hollywood have a significant contribution to the economy?

      I have the tendency to get jealous of people who live or have lived in California. I think that Californians are so lucky!

      I was just going over my notes for the blog and I saw I left out two points: hubby’s comment that California is far from everything (which doesn’t make sense because it has everything…?) and California is a dream world for many girls. I am thinking of California Girls by Beach Boys and Katy Perry’s California Gurls.

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      1. To be honest, I think Hollywood is mainly a tourist attraction these days. I believe a lot of the technical aspects of film-making still in California (CGI and editing) have moved to the Bay Area. Filming… I think Vancouver, Canada.

        California does have virtually everything though…foods, cultures, topographies, climates… The southern and northern regions also have fairly different attitudes and feels about them. And you can get into the desert, agricultural or mountain regions and find something entirely different.

        The downside is that California has become very expensive. About 10-percent of the US population live in the state, and social services are really taxed. Government bureaucracy also keeps things from getting done. Makes for high taxes with a questionable “return on investment”.

        I grew up on the coast late 70’s/80’s, a “surfer girl”. Didn’t fit the 90’s “Baywatch” image though… more of an Asian punk-rocker version. πŸ˜‰ After college, I lived in Seattle for a few years, and spent about a decade in Vancouver, Canada. Both Pacific coastal, but each has its own vibe different from California. Presently… walking distance from the California state line.


  2. Your photos are always so striking and memorable, Anne! You have a knack for making a travel destination so inviting. I enjoyed the blending here of past trip(s) and the most recent trip. I thought it added to your narrative to reflect back and also include this trip. So fun! πŸ™‚

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    1. Thank you so much, Theresa. I love taking photos. It’s because I can’t draw or paint. Photography saved me. He-he! You read me well, my friend. I guess I don’t call myself a travel blogger because although some have interesting travel articles or stories, and I read them because its excellently written, I enjoy them for the place but not the “story of with the place”. That’s their job anyway: to make the place they write about, or the travel, the MC. For me, I/we am/are still the MC/s with the place as the backdrop that adds to the story. I suppose I’m a writer, albeit a doubting one, who loves to travel and write about her travel stories. I really am not a travel blogger. I just happen to have a blog with travel blog posts. πŸ˜†

      Warmest hugs, my friend. Lots of love. β€πŸ˜˜πŸ€—

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      1. I guess it’s a good thing. πŸ˜€ I didn’t see it like that before. Thank you! See, you’re always inspiring and encouraging me! I’m truly blessed to have found you! β€πŸ€—

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