The Historic Haunted Queen Mary…

 It was a rainy weekend on the historic haunted Queen Mary……do I think the Queen Mary is haunted ? Why yes.

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Walking around the docks at night was very cold, but we enjoyed the cool brisk air…I gave my canon 40D to  Hunter and he took most of these photos. Darrill booked us a suite so it was a very nice room, but the boat was cold and drafty and it seem like I couldn’t warm up… The details on this boat were amazing and to think it was built in 1936. The Queen Mary was considered the grandest ship ever built and the elite of high society and I could see why. Leo wanted to know when the ship was going to take off to sea ,  he didn’t understand why it wasn’t going to leave port.

Next post part 2 ..

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Naples Canals Long Beach…

Yes I love the canals of Venice Italy (Missing the canals of Venice Italy) and the canals of Venice Beach (Bohemian musing in Venice Beach) so when Marissa said their were canals here in Long Beach I told her “let’s go ”  we got back on our bikes after lunch and headed to Naples canals…    Naples is a neighborhood of  Long Beach, built on a series of islands located in Alamitos Bay. Naples consists of three separate islands, divided by canals which open into the bay. Most of the streets on the island have Italianate names. The center of Naples features a large fountain which serves as a popular meeting spot.

 

We ended up riding our bikes to the bay to see a  unforgettable scene of kite surfers everywhere…Kitesurfing or kiteboarding is an adventure  surface water sport  that has been described as combining wakeboarding, windsurfing, surfing, paragliding and gymnastics into one extreme sport. Kitesurfing harnesses the power of the wind to propel a rider across the water on a small  surfboard or a kiteboard (similar to a  wakeboard). The terms kiteboarding and kitesurfing are interchangeable. There are a number of different styles of kiteboarding, including freestyle (most common and utilises standard kite and board) or wake-style (flatter water using board with bindings) and wave-riding which is focused on big waves using a board designed for wave riding.

Summer is almost over and I have enjoyed every adventure…  it’s still hot here in southern California so there’s  still time for summer fun .  I will still head to the pool, to the beach and up the California Coast, ….why ? because we live in sunny California !

When’s the last time you rode a bike , just for fun  ?

From Wikipedia

bEACH fUN wITH mARISSA !!

It was a long girls weekend with Danielle’s bridal shower(post on ” The paper mystique”) in Thousand oaks and then down to Long Beach to spend the weekend with Marissa. A lot of driving but well worth it as we had a blast  at Long beach and Belmont shores. Belmont Shores spans 2nd Street and Ocean Avenue near the southernmost part of the city between Bluff Park on the west and Naples Island on the East. Second Street and the fifteen intersecting side streets make up the business district of Belmont Shore. The neighborhood features Spanish-style homes from the 1920s and 30’s as well as beach bungalows. We were out late Sat. night and got up late Sunday morning but just in time for some yoga on the beach…

The yoga on the beach is free with a  donation and I was surprised to see so many people. The  mantra for the day was

” All my relationships are encoded in love and infused with joy “

I must admit the scenery was amazing ! I loved yoga on the beach it was so much more relaxing, and the connection to the earth elements made it that much more refreshing !

Next we headed to 4th street which Marrisa said was a great place for Vintage boutiques.

Elans Collections, vintage furnishings, upholstery and accessories.

A lot of very cool retro cameras…I should buy one.

Ok I did the one that is missing from the shelf, should be cool for some photo shoots.

Looks like a cool shop…

wow  these  clothes are very cute.

I really liked the shoes on the bottem roll. About $150.00 to start.

Now this was one of my favoite stores  “Liberty”

The dressing rooms doors are old refrigerators doors how clever ! So very sixtys !

We ended the afternoon with some  Alfresco dinning at the Portfolio. Mango ice tea and grilled pannini.

Next post to Naples Island and then to the beach to watch kite surfing.

 Also Marissas photo shoot on the beach… post on my Simply Natural Photography blog.http://simplynaturalphotography.wordpress.com/

Hope everyone has a simply wonderful week !