Oh California, so enchanting! What a starling and awe-inspiring place. Where people who don’t know one another and no matter what the color/race, religion, political view, annual income/financial bracket or sexual orientation, see each other as equal human beings who are all in the same planet seeking the pursuit of happiness.
Magic in its finest purity! Is the only way that I can describe La Jolla. From the moment we approached the town I immediately begin to gasp in admiration. With its up and downhill roads at Village of La Jolla, it gives you the most exciting and overwhelming beach town welcome with its amazing ocean view, a vast variety of authentic dinning options on Prospect Street Its gorgeous homes and amazing beaches, La Jolla was the star and highlight of our Southern California road trip. Walking the downtown area on La Jolla Shores Drive, Coast Blvd. and Prospect Street is a must when in town. Explore the the promenade area on Coast Blvd. and you are sure to find one of the fines beaches in the States at La Jolla Cove and La Jolla Cave with an astonishing view of Seals Sun Bathing on the Beach! When in La Jolla the Coast Walk Trail , off of Coast Blvd. is the most amazing location to see the coast line, cliffs and perfect for some amazing/neat travel/holiday photo shots. The beauty of the town starts with its people, completely happy, openminded, grateful human beings
who just want to habit the earth and enjoy its beauty like the rest of us, in peace and harmony. It is a common thing see admirers sitting either by the pier or on the beach looking into the turquoise pacific ocean water, enjoying the view of Seals sunning, hiking to explore the local caves, surfing, swimming, diving, day camping, or just simply and oh so beautifully enjoying conversations with one another. The landscape of The Village of La Jolla is very unique in my opinion. With its endless cliff ocean side it is instantly breathtaking and admirable in its natural beauty.
I did have the pleasure and honor of meeting friends locally who have lived there some time. They took the time to show us around La Jolla Shores, Mt. Soledad and through the gas lamp district in San Diego. After touring this amazing city and meeting its amazing people I immediately began to understand the concept of living, of just being, enjoying and truly living in the moment. Not in distress of what tomorrow will bring or the ramifications today’s action have on tomorrow; but in the pleasure and delight of really living every second of your life, of you day.
As we sat by a pier at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography the light show began, fireworks began to glisten over the La Jolla Shoreline and San Diego skyline and mountain tops. It was at this very moment that I came to the realization of how beautiful life can truly be. Not just because we were in California enjoying a wonderful adventure filled holiday, but because I just let go… For that moment I just let go of of the past and was truly enjoying the present in its fullest potential. It was this moment that a fell in love again. Not with anyone, but with life. Accepting that life’s imperfections are what makes it worth living and what makes you appreciate those truly perfect moments that we do experience everyday. And yes, it took being in a magical place to come to this realization, but sometimes all we need is a reminder of how beautiful life can be so we can let go and begin to live again, and that’s ok.
Once the firework was finished we began to head by to our cars and call it a nite, when all of a sudden we see an impromptu beach party of complete strangers who’ve decided to enjoy each others company, live through music with neighbors and also complete strangers who like them are just simply seeking the pursuit of happiness. To me, life doesn’t get more beautiful and/or meaningful than this. Thank you La Jolla.
As I develop my blueprint to Barcelona I realized how centrally located the city is and its proximity to many beautiful villages along Costa Brava, Mediterranean Sea. I started looking into southeaster France, comparing modes of transportation with cost and I must say I am amazed at how affordable and doable it will be to wonder off Costa Brava. I started looking into TGV and Rail Europe schedules from Barcelona to southeastern France. Turns out some towns in southeastern France are as close a two hour train ride! There are just so many quaint and beautiful small villages… Sete, Bezeiers, Montepellier, Bamyuls-s-mur, Collioure and Remy-de-Provence.
Next and my last tentative stop will be Collioure, France. What a spectacular little village! Cannot wait to set my bare feet into its beautiful beach. Sad I won’t get to see their Saint Vincent Festival, but oh so looking forward to walking those wonderful little streets. With its wealthy artistic history and its mountain vines, this quaint little village will be sure to surprise me in many ways! Very please with my itinerary and longing to explore Barcelona and beyond. This little adventure of mine is already becoming a life changing event and I love it!