Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Santa Cruz, CA: Surfing Hot Spot


I like the ocean. Let me rephrase this. I am an ocean addict. When I look back at my personal day trips around the San Francisco bay area, I find one trip that I frequent every few months, year after year.

What is my favorite region? Every trip I take is special and I always find one feature that draws me in. There is one place I consistently return to every few months.

I like to walk and watch the surfers along Cliff Drive in Santa Cruz, CA

Reasons why I enjoy:

  • Up close – I stand on the cliff edge (behind the fence) that is immediately above where the surfers gather in the water to practice. This is where the Monterey Bay reaches the Pacific Ocean.
  • Easy access – I drive my own car and park in one the many parking areas on Cliff Drive. If I am lucky, I get a parking place by the Surfer Museum Lighthouse. I advise leaving before 8 am during the summer months to avoid traffic and leave early afternoon around 1 pm. (or make advance hotel reservations and spend the night)
  • Free – So far, knock on wood, it is free to park and walk. 
  • It is a great place to stop and talk with people. I find people from everywhere around the world because of the fabulous vista point. And, I like the fun stories from the local surfers too.

I know my family in Central USA might think I am nuts that I spend most of my leisure time watching these surfers at this vista point. Perhaps they tire of my surfers pictures that I keep posting every year. Everytime that I go I find something different - weather, people, events. The wind was blowing so much on this day I took the video that it was difficult to hold my camera.

This is where I relax and an escape. Is it because I grew up in the middle of USA without the ocean? I enjoyed going to lakes, the ocean is different. The vast, endless body of water without a shoreline across from you – the unknown surprise of what it brings to you.

I love watching this water sport. I admit I am not interested in participating, I am a spectator. Surfers are independent, they watch and decide which waves to ride and pass, yet they are social with their friends while they wait.




I share videos and pictures on Instagram, this video is one of my top two posts with views and likes.

What makes you want to engage with this video? 



Surf History

Wait for the Right Waves!
  
 This is a picture from my Instagram feed:

Santa Cruz, CA - Bay meets Ocean


Watching the surfers along Cliff Drive in Santa Cruz, CA, my favorite escape ~ The Fun Tour Guru



Sunday, November 29, 2015

Dresden's Christstollen Bakery in Germany

Be sure to save your dollars and visit Dresden, Germany around Christmas Holidays. There are so many fun activities to do in this city with holiday traditions that sits next to the Elbe River.

I will always remember relaxing and sipping freshly brewed hot tea with a plate of this delicious Stollen German bread (Christmas cake) in front me after our tour of the bakery.  My month still waters for the tastes of this baking tradition of Dresden's Christstollen. Yum!

Do you think this baker will miss one of the loaves behind him? 

This was a fun tour going inside this bakery (Bäckerei) of which our local guide translated the demonstration. 


Dresden's Christstollen Bäckerei Tour

Inside a Dresden Bakery

Dresden Baker and Local Guide who translated for us

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Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Frankfurt, Germany



I love this picture from Frankfurt, Germany with both flags, city and country. Frankfurt is a fun place to start your overseas trip.  I enjoy Frankfurt because it is a mixture of (of course) a modern day city with an old world charm - this makes it easy for me to make the adjustment and transition after a long flight before I start my vacation.  I use these modern day amenities (food, banks, and shopping) while I get ready for the rest of my trip.

Frankfurt also conveniently serves as a transportation hub for Germany with air, rail, and other  transport ways. 

What do you like about Frankfurt, Germany?


Downtown Frankfurt, Germany

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