Visit Santa Barbara CaliforniaWritten by David G. Hallstrom, Sr.
Ninty some miles north west of Los Angeles lies lovely beach city of Santa Barbara, California where you will find some of cleanest and best tended beaches on west coast.
The city of Santa Barbara which includes Hope Ranch and Montecito has a population of approximately 90,000 (not counting students who reside at UC Santa Barbara.) yet it hosts millions of visitors each year. The residents of city are, for most part, friendly, courteous and helpful, city is clean and thanks to a well enforced anti graffiti department, virtually free of graffiti. Crime rates are low and police are courteous and willing to assist you in whatever you need. Whether you are a single traveler, traveling with a friend or spouse or taking whole family, Santa Barbara is a great destination.
There is something for everyone in or near Santa Barbara. Relax on beaches, enjoy night life on State Street or in next door Isla Vista, drive past multi million dollar homes in Montecito or Hope Ranch, take in a symphony at Arlington Theater, visit Museum of Art, tour Mission, go to Zoo or enjoy Botanic Gardens or Natural History Museum, fish off Stearns Wharf, go sport fishing or whale watching, dine at one of numerous excellant restaurants (many with outside patio dining), visit outdoor Farmer's Market and buy organically grown fruits, vegetables, flowers and plants, buy arts and crafts at sidewalk art show which is right along beach, rent a bicycle or a bicycle built for two and ride on bike paths along ocean, dine at one of seafood restaurants or at open air fish market on Stearn's Wharf or shop at Paseo Nuevo Shopping Mall.
Discover The Rose Bowl Flea Market In Pasadena CaliforniaWritten by David G. Hallstrom, Sr.
The Rose Bowl Flea Market And Swap Meet, at 1001 Rose Bowl Drive, Pasadena Ca. 91103, is probably largest and most famous swap meet held in California. On second Sunday of each month, rain or shine, over 1,800 vendors from all over country set up their booths and spaces in order to display and sell merchandise, including but not limited to accessories, antiques, clothing, collectibles, discontinued merchandise, dolls, handmade crafts, home furnishings (new and used), paintings and other fine art items, pins and buttons (sports, olympics, election, etc.), plants, specialty foods, used books, watches, etc..
Parking is plentiful and free and admission prices are as follows: "Rose Bowl Flea Market and Market Place regular admission starts at 9am for general public at $7.00 per person, children under 12 are admitted free with an adult. We also have an express admission from 8:00am - 9:00am at $10.00 per person, an early admission from 7:00am - 8:00am at $15.00 per person, and a special preview VIP admission from 5:00am - 7:00am at $20.00 per person. Discount tickets for early admissions are available at many local antique stores. Group rates are available. The box office is open until 3pm after which time sellers begin packing and leaving. The public may shop for those last minute bargains until 4:30pm."
This flea market is worth price of admission. There are bargins galore and people watching entertainment factor alone is worth price. You will see people from all walks of life, dressed in every imaginable way, speaking numerous languages all scurrying from vendor to vendor searching for best bargins. The vendors are all very friendly and happy to talk about their wares. Many of them are real characters and a lot of fun to deal with.
Note: This is not same as going to a garage sale or some of your local swap meets. The vendors pay good money for a permit to sell here. You are not going to find a lot of cheap unwanted junk or that $50,000.00 painting being sold for $1.00. These vendors are professionals, they know their merchandise and they know what they are doing. Their overhead is much lower than if they were selling out of a retail store or mall and are usually not paying employees so they can sell for less. You will find very good bargins, especially if you are willing to negotiate a little (It's not considered bad manners to negotiate at a flea market. In fact, many of vendors enjoy negotiating more than they enjoy selling.), just do not expect to leave with a lot of junk or with find of a lifetime.