Visit Santa Barbara California

Written by David G. Hallstrom, Sr.

Ninty some miles north west of Los Angeles liesrepparttar lovely beach city of Santa Barbara, California where you will find some ofrepparttar 145405 cleanest and best tended beaches onrepparttar 145406 west coast.

The city of Santa Barbara which includes Hope Ranch and Montecito has a population of approximately 90,000 (not countingrepparttar 145407 students who reside at UC Santa Barbara.) yet it hosts millions of visitors each year. The residents ofrepparttar 145408 city are, forrepparttar 145409 most part, friendly, courteous and helpful,repparttar 145410 city is clean and thanks to a well enforced anti graffiti department, virtually free of graffiti. Crime rates are low andrepparttar 145411 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 takingrepparttar 145412 whole family, Santa Barbara is a great destination.

There is something for everyone in or near Santa Barbara. Relax onrepparttar 145413 beaches, enjoyrepparttar 145414 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 atrepparttar 145415 Arlington Theater, visitrepparttar 145416 Museum of Art, tourrepparttar 145417 Mission, go torepparttar 145418 Zoo or enjoyrepparttar 145419 Botanic Gardens orrepparttar 145420 Natural History Museum, fish off Stearns Wharf, go sport fishing or whale watching, dine at one ofrepparttar 145421 numerous excellant restaurants (many with outside patio dining), visitrepparttar 145422 outdoor Farmer's Market and buy organically grown fruits, vegetables, flowers and plants, buy arts and crafts atrepparttar 145423 sidewalk art show which is right alongrepparttar 145424 beach, rent a bicycle or a bicycle built for two and ride onrepparttar 145425 bike paths alongrepparttar 145426 ocean, dine at one ofrepparttar 145427 seafood restaurants or atrepparttar 145428 open air fish market on Stearn's Wharf or shop atrepparttar 145429 Paseo Nuevo Shopping Mall.

Discover The Rose Bowl Flea Market In Pasadena California

Written by David G. Hallstrom, Sr.

The Rose Bowl Flea Market And Swap Meet, at 1001 Rose Bowl Drive, Pasadena Ca. 91103, is probablyrepparttar largest and most famous swap meet held in California. Onrepparttar 145404 second Sunday of each month, rain or shine, over 1,800 vendors from all overrepparttar 145405 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 forrepparttar 145406 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 worthrepparttar 145407 price of admission. There are bargins galore andrepparttar 145408 people watching entertainment factor alone is worthrepparttar 145409 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 forrepparttar 145410 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 notrepparttar 145411 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 andrepparttar 145412 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 ofrepparttar 145413 vendors enjoyrepparttar 145414 negotiating more than they enjoyrepparttar 145415 selling.), just do not expect to leave with a lot of junk or withrepparttar 145416 find of a lifetime.

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