A TRAVEL TO CHILDHOOD

Disneyland California

Friday, yes! Today I’m going back a few months ago to remember one of my last weekends in Los Angeles. A good friend of mine had free tickets to go to the park, so on a sunny Saturday we packed a few snacks and a few bottles of water and we were ready to go! This wasn’t my first time at Disneyland though; I already went to the one in Paris ten years ago with my high school friends and I remember it as a really cool experience. So this time I was very excited to relive the adventure with a different group of people in a different corner of the world, ready to hop on a time machine that took me back to my childhood in a place where all my favorite characters were reunited.

Even though the rides were not as crazy and exciting as the ones at Six Flags for example, seeing the decoration and meticulous detail that goes into the design of the buildings, attractions, restaurants and so on was definitely worth the trip. I absolutely loved the magical atmosphere that surrounded the park, where in a minute I was in a boat in the middle of the jungle and the next one I was in a space ship ready to travel through the universe. Disneyland is definitely a place where you can sense the happiness in the air; and my favorite part, if you ask me, was to see the sparkles in every kid’s eyes every time they saw a Disney mascot waving and smiling at them. Sometimes I miss being that innocent, although I think I do a pretty good job letting myself be a kid every once in a while. Remember there was a time when getting a cookie from the cookie jar made you the happiest person in the world? Well, I still feel the same way every time I steal one ;).

Disneyland California

Disneyland California

Disneyland California

Disneyland California

Disneyland California

Disneyland California

Disneyland California

Disneyland California

Disneyland California

Disneyland California

Disneyland Los Angeles

Disneyland California

Disneyland California

Disneyland California

Disneyland California

Disneyland California

Disneyland California

Disneyland California

Disneyland California

Disneyland California

Disneyland California

Disneyland California

Disneyland California

Disneyland California

Disneyland California

Disneyland California

Disneyland California

Disneyland California

Disneyland California

 

Happy weekend friends!!

 

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WEEKEND BLISS

Olvera street, Los Angeles, California

I’m sorry for being so absent lately guys; there are some big challenges going on in my life right now that need my full attention. Hopefully next week I’ll find some time to write about it, and you will understand everything.

As for today, I just want to wish you all a wonderful weekend and share the rest of the pictures I took at one of the most authentic and beautiful spots in LAOlvera Street. I hope you enjoy them as much as I do, and bring to your day a little bit of color and joy! 🙂

Olvera street, Los Angeles, California

Olvera street, Los Angeles, California

Olvera street, Los Angeles, California

Olvera street, Los Angeles, California

Olvera street, Los Angeles, California

Olvera street, Los Angeles, California

Olvera street, Los Angeles, California

Olvera street, Los Angeles, California

Olvera street, Los Angeles, California

Olvera street, Los Angeles, California

Olvera street, Los Angeles, California

Olvera street, Los Angeles, California

Olvera street, Los Angeles, California

Olvera street, Los Angeles, California

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OLVERA STREET, a romantic vision of old Mexico

olvera street, mexico, los angeles

I know what you guys are thinking – “Whaaa? Has Yael gone on a Mexican vacation?” Well, not really, but pretty close!

I don’t know why it took me so long to visit Olvera Street; it is the closest thing to home that I’ll find here in Los Angeles. Thank you so much Felicia for discovering this little gem for us! We had an unbelievable time; this place is just perfect for a weekend afternoon and a mini get away without even leaving town. This colorful Mexican-style marketplace is just loads of fun with stands full of so many goodies. Dan and I decided we should absorb some of the greatness of the famous street and grabbed some authentic Mexican candy – so yummy!

I really enjoyed strolling around this little Hispanic neighborhood and listening to some Latin music – it brought me so many good memories of my childhood. We got so lucky and showed up at the best time apparently; right when some beautiful Mexican dancers were performing at the plaza. Aren’t their dresses gorgeous? They are so full of life!

olvera street, mexico in los angeles

olvera street, mexico in los angeles

olvera street, mexico in los angeles

olvera street, mexico in los angeles

olvera street, mexico in los angeles

olvera street, mexico in los angeles

olvera street, mexico in los angeles

olvera street, mexico in los angeles

olvera street, mexico in los angeles

olvera street, mexico in los angeles

olvera street, mexico in los angeles

olvera street, mexico in los angeles

olvera street, mexico in los angeles

olvera street, mexico in los angeles

olvera street, mexico in los angeles

olvera street, mexico in los angeles

olvera street, mexico in los angeles

olvera street, mexico in los angeles

I hope these pictures have brought some color into your day. I’ll post the rest of them tomorrow! 🙂

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MANHATTAN

Manhattan Beach, California

I don’t remember who’s idea was to go to Manhattan Beach that afternoon, but I’m so glad somebody came up with that plan.  As soon as we arrived and I looked at the sky, I knew that was the perfect day for a sunset shooting. Sunsets in Southern California are always special; but if you actually are in the town with the most beautiful pier, the result is just out of this world.

Often times people from Spain ask me if I feel like I’m living in a movie. For the most part, I don’t feel that way since I have a pretty busy-normal life here. However, in magic moments like those, I totally feel like I am inside of a TV show and somebody is watching from behind. It’s hard to believe this is real; and even better, that this is happening TO ME. How can I be that lucky?

Sharing that moment with some of my best friends was the icing on the cake. California always brings a perfect ending to a perfect day.

Manhattan Beach, California

Manhattan Beach, California

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Manhattan Beach, California

Manhattan Beach, California

Manhattan Beach, California

Manhattan Beach, California

Manhattan Beach, California

Manhattan Beach, California

Manhattan Beach, California

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Manhattan Beach, California

Manhattan Beach, California  Manhattan Beach, California  Manhattan Beach, California

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JUST 4 MILES AWAY FROM THE OSCARS CEREMONY

Hollywood, Los Angeles

Good morning friends!

Any of you watched the Oscars ceremony yesterday?  I’d never watched it before, but I finally crossed that out of my list last night. Living in Los Angeles, only 4 miles away from Hollywood… I mean it almost feels like a crime not to do it. Plus, my friend Tonja hosted an awesome Oscars party at her house with lots of delicious food and two homemade cheesecakes – I would not miss that for anything in the world!

To be honest, I didn’t watch any of the movies that were nominated, but it was fun to guess who the winner would be only by watching the 10-second trailer that they showed at the beginning of each nomination. My friends and I also came up with an awesome game to burn time during commercial breaks – Celebrity Age Quiz! With the magic of Photoshop, plastic surgery and make up it truly is a mystery how old some celebrities actually are; you should have had to see my surprised face with some of them. Did you know that Sandra Bullock is 50 years old? Crazy…

Hollywood, Los Angeles

Hollywood, Los Angeles

Hollywood, Los Angeles

Hollywood, Los Angeles

My favorite moments of the night were:

1) When Ellen DeGeneres invited a bunch of celebrities such as Angelina Jolie, Brad Pitt, Julia Roberts, Bradley Cooper and Kevin Spacey among others to join together for an epic star-studded selfie with the goal of breaking the Twitter record for most retweets. If you still haven’t seen the photo, take a look here!

2) The inspirational acceptance speech of Lupita Nyong’o after winning the best supporting actress Oscar for her role in 12 Years a Slave (watch it here).

“When I look down at this golden statue, may it remind me and every little child that no matter where you’re from, your dreams are valid. Thank you.”

Hollywood, Los Angeles

Hollywood, Los Angeles

Hollywood, Los Angeles

Hollywood, Los Angeles

Hollywood, Los Angeles

Hollywood, Los Angeles

Hollywood, Los Angeles

Hollywood, Los Angeles

Hollywood, Los Angeles

Hollywood, Los Angeles

Hollywood, Los Angeles

Hollywood, Los Angeles

Hollywood, Los Angeles

Hollywood, Los Angeles

Hollywood, Los Angeles

Hollywood, Los Angeles

Hollywood, Los Angeles

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Holywood, Los Angeles

Hollywood, Los Angeles

What were your favorite moments of the Oscars ceremony?

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DOWNTOWN SANTA BARBARA, a taste of Mediterranean culture

Downtown Santa Barbara, California

Remember when yesterday I said that my favorite thing about Santa Barbara was the downtown area? Well, take a look at the pictures below and you will rapidly understand why.

While we were wandering through outdoor venues and enjoying the unique boutiques of State Street, one of my friends told me that the area sort of reminded him Spain; and I totally agree with that. Downtown Santa Barbara has a Mediterranean feeling attached to it, with stunning landscaped plazas, multi-colored tiled walls and brick-lined sidewalks that made me feel truly at home. I just loved how every single corner was beautifully decorated with flowerpots, cute benches, metal sculptures and gorgeous fountains. The city is so well taken care of, it is really a pleasure to walk around and enjoy the little details that make Santa Barbara a very special place.

Picking a restaurant to eat was very difficult as there were so many great options to choose from (take a look here), but we finally decided to go for Italian food and take a seat at Bucatini. That restaurant hit the spot; the combination of a beautiful terrace and a good pizza was definitely what I was looking for after spending most of the day walking non-stop. Perfect ending for a perfect day.

Downtown Santa Barbara, California

Downtown Santa Barbara, California

Downtown Santa Barbara, California

Downtown Santa Barbara, California

Downtown Santa Barbara, California

Downtown Santa Barbara, California

Downtown Santa Barbara, California

Downtown Santa Barbara, California

Downtown Santa Barbara, California

Downtown Santa Barbara, California

Downtown Santa Barbara, California

Downtown Santa Barbara, California

Downtown Santa Barbara, California

Downtown Santa Barbara, California

Downtown Santa Barbara, California

Downtown Santa Barbara, California

Downtown Santa Barbara, California

Downtown Santa Barbara, California

Downtown Santa Barbara, California

Downtown Santa Barbara, California

Downtown Santa Barbara, California

So, what do you guys think about Santa Barbara? Would you visit it if you had the chance?

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Welcome to SANTA BARBARA

Santa Barbara, California

One of the best things about having international friends here in Los Angeles is that we are crazy about exploring all that California has to offer. We travel a lot on weekends, and thanks to that I’ve had the chance to visit some of the most beautiful cities in the States (check out some of my favorite California towns here: Palos Verdes, Newport Beach, Napa Valley, La Jolla, San Diego, San Francisco, MalibuBig Bear Lake ).

A couple weekends ago, it was finally Santa Barbara‘s turn. We started the day walking along the beach boardwalk towards the Stearns Wharf, where a beautiful dolphin fountain welcomed us. I love the beach and always make a point to stop at every pier in every town I visit; of course I couldn’t miss this one! The views of the ocean from the end of the pier were gorgeous, the water was so pristine that I could have easily spent hours staring at it. I really enjoyed taking in the nice ocean breeze, as well as checking out the few souvenir shops that were nearby. I ended up buying a cute snail magnet for my mom’s collection – I hope she likes it!

Overall, Stearns Wharf is a very nice spot to capture a panoramic view of Santa Barbara’s downtown and the mountains, so don’t miss the chance to take a walk there if you are visiting the city. Even on cloudy days, people are always out with their kayaks, skateboards and bikes making the most of the day. The vibes of this city are amazing; there is so much life everywhere you look!

Santa Barbara, California

Santa Barbara, California

Santa Barbara, California

Santa Barbara, California

Santa Barbara, California

Santa Barbara, California

Santa Barbara, California

Santa Barbara, California

Santa Barbara, California

Santa Barbara, California

Santa Barbara, California

Santa Barbara, California

Santa Barbara, California

Santa Barbara, California

Santa Barbara, California

Santa Barbara, California

Santa Barbara, California

Amazed by the beauty of Santa Barbara’s beach and pier? Wait and see the downtown area –  it was by far my favorite thing about this city! I’ll post some pictures soon.

Happy Monday!
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