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Thursday Thirteen #5 — 13 Favorite Cities

Posted by infinitygoods on November 7, 2007

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Welcome back to Thursday 13. This week I am sharing 13 favorite cities, why I like them, and a photo for your viewing pleasure whether you’ll be reminicing or discovering a new city. For a list of the other participants, be sure to visit thursdaythirteen.com.  The photos are from Flickr’s public files.  If you right click and select properties, a window listing my caption and giving credit to the photographer will pop up.

These are in alphabetical order.

1. Ashland, Oregon Downtown Ashland, Oregon. Photo by WAVE Journey.

It has lots of charm and a small town atmosphere. It is home to the Oregon Shakespeare Festival.

2. Atlanta, Georgia Piedmont Park in Midtown Atlanta with city skyline. Photo by amiko

I love the history, architecture, contrasts.

3. Honolulu/Waikiki, Oahu, Hawaii Waikiki Beach and Diamond Head, Oahu, Hawaii.  Photo by eobisch.

The ocean is warm from underwater volcanoes and there is natural beauty everywhere.

4. Los Gatos, California Los Gatos gate.  Photo by echoes71.

The cats are at the gate of a private home, but it is a popular landmark, the high school mascot and used for the town logos.

5. Malibu, California Malibu.  Photo by kla4067

Malibu is beautiful year round, but always dangerous with fires in summer and fall and mud and rock slides in winter and spring.

6. Menton, France Menton, the old town and harbor.  Photo by fede gen88

You can see here the church tower of St. Michael’s. It is full of artwork, but the church is very dark so it is difficult to see. There are stairs everywhere. The ones leading to the church and plaza were handset by the Romans with mosaic-like designs.

7. Oatman, Arizona Oatman, Arizona.  Photo by escapo

Named after the Oatman family massacred by the Indians in 1851. Two daughters were taken captive, their faces were tattooed and one died of starvation while she was an Indian slave. The other was sold back to the whites after five years as a slave and reunited with her brother who had been clubbed and left for dead. The ghost town has a few tourist shops and wild burros from the days of the gold rush.

8. Palo Alto, California Stanford University, CA.  Photo by Swang168

This is Stanford University with the Memorial Church at the Center.

9. Paris, France A view of the Eiffel Tower over the Seine River at dusk in Paris, France. Photo by Thomas Cristopher.

I love it’s beauty, architecture, culture and all the wonderful lights. A view of the Eiffel Tower over the Seine river at dusk.

10. Rimini, Italy Rimini, Italy.  Photo by beardyp

These little pedal boats are all over the beach and there are little changing cabins which you can rent. Sandcastles are also quite popular at this beach.

11. San Francisco, California San Francisco, California.  Photo byBRPhoto.

I too left my heart in San Francisco. It is surrounded by ocean on three sides and it never freezes, but you will find fog year round. Each neighborhood has its own very distinct character.

12. Saratoga, California Villa Montalvo, Saratoga, California.  Photo by hhwang19.

This is Villa Montalvo, originally built as the governor’s mansion, but is now a park and cultural center with artists in residence. It is often used for weddings, concerts and plays. It has great hiking trails through chaparrals.

13. Sausalito, California Sausalito, California.  Photo by BRPhoto

Sausalito is across the Golden Gate Bridge from San Francisco. Most of the houses sit on the mountainside and some residents live on houseboats. Flowers thrive throughout the town with the beneficial ocean air.

I hope that you’ve enjoyed my short tour around the world. I am participating in National Blog Post Month so throughout November I will be posting daily and I’m looking forward to your visits.

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  • Don’t know what NaBloPoMo and NaNoWriMo are? Read all about it here and here.
  • Want to know why I’m participating in both? Click here.
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By Popular Request: Update to Thursday Thirteen

Posted by infinitygoods on November 2, 2007

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Here’s an addition to my Thursday Thirteen list by popular demand from e-mails and because of Wolfie’s and 4urpets’ comments asking which were my favorites. So Wolfie and all the others, here’s an annotated list of the 13 cities I have lived in.I liked all but one town. My favorites would be Paris, Menton, Monte Sereno and Palo Alto.

  • Almaden, CA — I love this place by the lake with windsurfers and a man-made beach.
  • Calabasas, CA — A fabulous and safe town today with lots of family-friendly activities, but a hot, dusty, middle-of-nowhere-town back in the days when we lived there, yet it remains one of my favorites and one of the places where I was happiest.
  • Chatsworth, CA — Home of Lucy and Desi Arnaz, but has become the porn capital of the world. It changed from a horse property area to a factory and gang infested area so we moved pronto.
  • Malibu, CA — I had the privilege of living in this beautiful beach town with wonderful people. I have many fabulous memories as I went to college there and was married there. My heart stops each time I hear on the news they are in peril once again from fire, mud slides, rock slides, etc..
  • Menton, France — Has a fabulous lemon and orange parade each summer. Think Pasadena’s Rose Parade with citrus. The tomatoes are to die for, the sea is warm, and we had a spectacular view of the Italian and French Riviera and Monte Carlo.
  • Monte Sereno, CA — Smells like jasmine as it grows everywhere. Whenever I need to relax, I visualize floating in my pool looking up at the gorgeous blue sky and the palm trees gently swaying in the breeze.
  • Palo Alto, CA — Home of Stanford, Hewlett Packard and many more Silicon Valley companies. It’s a good town for families and history and culture buffs like me. The people are very conscious of their beautiful and clean environment and it’s a stone throw from San Francisco.
  • Paris, France — The most beautiful city I have ever seen in my life.
  • Port Hueneme, CA — Another beach town. Do you notice a trend? I love water. Water refreshes my soul.
  • Santa Cruz, CA — Another beach town, but I desperately hope I will never be forced to live there again. The nature is gorgeous, a few people are extremely nice, but most are still stuck in the hippy, druggy ’60s. It is dirty and crowded. I have traumatic memories of living there. Sorry Santa Cruz!
  • Thousand Oaks, CA — They planned a cultural center for 30 years, but they waited until I moved out to finally build it. While I was there it was hickville. Today it deservedly gets voted each year as one of the best towns in California.
  • West Hills, CA — It’s a nice bedroom suburb community of Los Angeles, but there’s not much to say about it.
  • Woodland Hills, CA — See comment about West Hills, although it is busier as one of LA’s major business streets, Ventura Boulevard, runs right through it.

So there you have it. Be sure to see my next Thursday Thirteen because it’s related to this list which in part was why I had elected not to annotate this one, but I’m glad you’re interested enough to send me your requests.

And, don’t forget, I’m participating in National Blog Post Month (and National Novel Writing Month at the same time — just because I insanely love to write), so although tomorrow is Saturday, I’ll be posting. I’ll be writing in my blog every single day for the month of November so please stop by and visit me.

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  • Don’t know what NaBloPoMo and NaNoWriMo are? Read all about it here and here.
  • Want to know why I’m participating in both? Click here.

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Open house at the Sheriff’s place

Posted by infinitygoods on September 19, 2007

Here are some photos from the recent Malibu-Lost Hills Sheriff’s Station open house. From horses to robots, they are ready to rescue the distressed and arrest the criminals.

One of the sights was a car that had been smashed in an accident. The deputies told attendees about the drunk teens who rolled and skidded across the highway and hit a pole. “They are paralyzed and messed up for the rest of their lives,” a deputy told our group of children, who were wide eyed at the sight of the vehicle.

Other hits of the day were the sheriff’s helicopter, a bomb squad robot and Team Sheriff Racing, which showed off its suped-up 1987 Buick Grand National that featured a 274 cu. v6, nonturbo, 580 hp engine with aluminum heads and Hogan intake, whatever that all means. The kids loved it.

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