Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Where are LC and Stephen?

A few years back, Dan and I took a last minute trip to San Diego. We had originally booked a trip to New Orleans to see a Saints/Giants game, but two weeks before we were to leave, Hurricane Katrina hit. We all know how that ended. With JetBlue credit in our hand, we looked at their list of cities and figured that we could find enough to do for a few days out in San Diego. Plus, neither of us had ever been to California!

Now readers, I think it’s pretty clear that I am a HUGE planner, so taking a last minute trip is pretty much against all that I believe in. But with a few quick google searches, I found tons for us to do in San Diego - Sea World, Balboa Park, the San Diego Zoo, Harbor boat rides, a visit to La Jolla. And low and behold, our hotel was across the street from the Fashion Valley Mall. (But for some reason, we got lost getting there an ended up driving for a good 40 minutes before we realized how lost we were.)

Perhaps my favorite part of the trip was our quick jaunt up to Laguna Beach. I’m a reality TV junkie and was a HUGE fan of the MTV show by the same name, so when I saw that San Diego was only like an hour’s drive away, I begged Dan to take me up there. With the words to Hilary Duff’s “Come Clean” playing over and over in my head, we headed for I-5.

Pic via wikipedia
Orange County could not be any more opposite from the sprawling metropolis that I come from. The air is crisp and the beaches are like none that I have ever seen before. Artist Marco Sassone once described Laguna Beach "a paradise, an inexhaustible source of inspiration." I could not agree more with his assessment.

Pic via wikipedia
Art galleries and cute boutiques line the streets, along with some delicious restaurants.  (Best meatball sub EVER at Gina's.)  Unfortunately, we only had an afternoon to spend in Laguna Beach, but in that time, we definitely were able to experience the local flavor. And I got to see some of the locations that LC, Lo and the gang frequented on the show.

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