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Wildfires !!

We should check this maps before leaving San Francisco, there are already some wildfires around 😦

The map updated on July 18th: Statewide Fire Map (07/18/08 – AM)


Things to do in San Diego

San Diego

San Diego

Its superb coastline, near-perfect climate and Mediterranean facade make it the quintessential Southern California beach city, but there’s no chance to develop ennui. The smorgasbord of museums, zoos, animal parks and beaches will have you wondering which way to run next.

Lonely Planet

First of all … There are now only 10 days left in the californicatemeter countdown !

This is not going to be a huge list like the SF one, but this place is also awesome. Besides, Tijuana is really close !

  • Gaslamp Quarter
    The focus of the city’s nightlife…

    Gaslamp Quarter

    Gaslamp Quarter

  • Downtown
    The central business district of the city, downtown is also a hub of nightlife and has many attractions.

    San Diego

    San Diego

  • Pacific Beach (PB)Mission Beach
    Two popular beach communities with plenty of shops, restaurants, and nightlife, alongside a man-made inlet known as Mission Bay, home to Sea World.

    July Fourth

    Pacific Beach - Madness : July Fourth

  • La Jolla
    An upscale beach community that’s almost a separate city from San Diego. UCSD is also close.

    La Jolla Beach

    La Jolla Beach

  • Tijuana
    Usually used as a quick escape from moral norms.



The United States State Department has issued a travel warning for all border areas of the United States and Mexico. Rival narcotics gangs have increased violent activities against each other and against non-involved citizens.


Pedestrian border crossing sign

Pedestrian border crossing sign

If somebody has time and money …

Things to do in “The” Orange County

There are now only 14 days left in the californicatemeter countdown !

Since “July 31st” is getting really close, today it’s time to write something about “The O.C.”. I absolutely love this area, beaches, shops,  tranquility, bars…

After living there for about 9 months this is what I like the most !

  • Newport Beach
    • Need to buy something ? Fashion Island
  • Balboa Island
    • It is pretty cool to take the ferry ride to the island, it is also pretty cheap (around a dollar if i remember well).
  • Huntington Beach (Surf City, USA)
    • Great place to walk around and/or have some beers !
    • There is also the International Surfing Museum
  • Laguna Beach
    • Absolutely beautiful+wonderful town close to the beach. It is just lovely.
  • San Juan Capistrano
    • One of the most interesting “Missions” in California. The oldest building in California ?
  • South Coast Plaza (link)
    • Don’t call it a mall, please. It is a shopping resort!

If somebody has time and money …

  • Disneyland

Now it is time for some pictures.


Things to do in Los Angeles

There are now only 16 days left in the californicatemeter countdown !

Ok, let’s focus, things we can do in LA :

  • Have a photo with the famous Hollywood sign.
  • Walk of FameMann’s Chinese Theater.
  • Beverly Hills and Rodeo Drive, quintessential places of the glittery LA.
  • Staples Center : Home to the Lakers, Clippers or the LA Kings
  • Farmer’s Market : Great place to eat and walk…
  • Getty Center : : The billion-dollar center.
  • El pueblo de LA : Compact, colorful and car-free. Great place to eat !
  • Visit another Chinatown.
  • Drive Mulholland Drive.
  • Do the Warner Bros VIP Studio Tour. ($45, 2h15min)
  • Be part of a TV studio audience (free, one month wait)
  • Beaches
    • Venice
    • Santa Monica
    • Malibu
  • Other things:

San Francisco and the bay area : Pol Edition

This is my little wishlist ! I have already seen some of them but I wouldn’t mind to see them again :p


  • Walk : Chinatown, downtown, Union Square, Fisherman’s wharf, Golden Gate.
  • Visit Alcatraz
  • Views from Twin Peaks
  • Lombard Street (Russian Hill)
  • And … nightlife!

SF Bay Area

  • Sausalito : undeniably lovely town with amazing views of SF.
  • Berkeley : 30.000 students and enough Nobel Prize winners to give the Swedish Academy its reason for being, UC Berkeley makes Berkeley more than a picturesque bedroom community. It is the oldest university in the state. Since 1873 !
  • Silicon Valley (Geek route)
    • Palo Alto : Stanford – even if it is just driving by …
    • Mountain View : Google – just a picture… please xDDD
    • Cupertino : Apple – I would love to visit the shop it is supposed to be there

Countdown has begun – 33 days

Just 33 days and … road trip !

BTW today I was thinking that would be great to have a list of things to do this month.

Any ideas ?

The 7 Wonders of California

Yesterday I was surfing the net and I found more information, yes, even more !

This time I have found the 7 Wonders of California, well actually this is just a part of a huge website called The 7 Wonders of the USA. Anyways, let’s focus on our road trip !

Here I have attached the 7 wonders but, in their website they even have a map with more info. 😉

Big Sur

“Big Sur is a thinly-settled region of the central California coast where the Santa Lucia Mountains rise abruptly from the Pacific Ocean. This geology produces stunning views and has become a magnet for global tourism. Big Sur’s Cone Peak is the highest coastal mountain in the lower 48 states, ascending nearly a mile (5,155 feet/1.6km) above sea level, only 3 miles (4.8 km) from the ocean.”

Yosemite National Park

“Yosemite is visited by over 3 million visitors each year, with most only seeing Yosemite Valley. Designated a World Heritage Site in 1984, Yosemite is internationally recognized for its spectacular granite cliffs, waterfalls, clear streams, Giant Sequoia groves, and biological diversity (about 89% of the park is designated wilderness area).”

Balboa Park

“Unlike some city parks which are mostly free of buildings in favor of open space and recreational fields.., Balboa Park is a cultural complex. Besides open areas and natural vegetation, it contains a variety of cultural attractions including museums, theaters, gardens, shops and restaurants as well as the world-renowned San Diego Zoo. Balboa Park has been declared a National Historic Landmark.”,_San_Diego,_California

Hollywood Sign

“The sign originally read “HOLLYWOODLAND”, and its purpose was to advertise a new housing development in the hills above the Hollywood district of Los Angeles. H.J. Whitley had already used a sign to advertise his development Whitley Heights, which was located between Highland Avenue and Vine. ”

SeaWorld Adventure Park

“SeaWorld was founded in 1964 by four graduates of the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA). They had originally considered the idea of building an underwater restaurant. Although this idea was not technically feasible, the concept grew into the idea of a marine zoological park on 22 acres along the shore of Mission Bay in San Diego. ”

Golden Gate Bridge

“The Golden Gate Bridge was the largest suspension bridge in the world when it was completed in 1937 and has become an internationally recognized symbol of San Francisco. ”

Alcatraz Island

“It was formerly used as a military stockade and later as a maximum security prison. Today, the island is a historic site supervised by the National Park Service as part of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area and is open to tours. Visitors can reach the island by ferry ride from Fisherman’s Wharf in San Francisco. ”