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BC: DEPARTED | SAN LUIS OBISPO | 21 JULY 2012

FC: SANTA BARBARA & SAN LUIS OBISPO

1: SANTA BARBARA & SAN LUIS OBISPO | SANTA BARBARA | ARRIVED 20 JULY 2012 | Santa Barbara is the county seat of Santa Barbara County, California, United States. Situated on an east-west trending section of coastline, the longest such section on the West Coast of the United States, the city lies between the steeply-rising Santa Ynez Mountains and the Pacific Ocean. San Luis Obispo is a city in California, located roughly midway between Los Angeles and San Francisco on the Central Coast. Founded in 1772 by Spanish Fr. Junípero Serra, San Luis Obispo is one of California's oldest communities.

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7: Situated on an east-west trending section of coastline, the longest such section on the West Coast of the United States, the city lies between the steeply-rising Santa Ynez Mountains and the Pacific Ocean. Santa Barbara's climate is often described as Mediterranean, and the city is known as the "American Riviera". In addition to being a popular tourist and resort destination, the city economy includes a large service sector, education, technology, health care, finance, agriculture, manufacturing, and local government. In 2004, the service sector accounted for fully 35% of local employment. Education in particular is well represented, with five institutions of higher learning on the south coast (the University of California, Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara City College, Westmont College, Antioch University, and the Brooks Institute of Photography).

8: The beautifully restored Granada in the heart of Downtown Santa Barbara is a landmark theatre and year-round performing arts venue featuring some of the finest entertainment in the region. The Granada is home to Santa Barbara Symphony, State Street Ballet, Opera Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara Choral Society and CAMA, and also features national and international events on tour presented by UCSB Arts & Lectures, as well as a new Broadway Series, and a variety of one-night-only performances in an array of genres. < The Santa Barbara County Courthouse is located at 1100 Anacapa Street, in downtown Santa Barbara, California. The Spanish Colonial Revival style building was designed by William Mooser III and completed in 1929. Architect Charles Willard Moore called it the "grandest Spanish Colonial Revival structure ever built," and the prime example of Santa Barbara's adoption of Spanish Colonial as its civic style. The building replaced a smaller Greek Revival courthouse built at the same location in 1872–88 and badly damaged in an earthquake on June 29, 1925.

11: Nightlife in Santa Barbara. We went to a restaurant called "Brophy Bros". Karo ordered the Shrimp Avocado Salad and Stefan ordered the Cioppino fish stew. Do not lose heart if your nightlife style is of the Bar and Club style. Santa Barbara caters to the pub crawl habit in its inimitably organized way. A long succession of places full of music, spirits and company are strung like beads along the central State Street. The Blue Agave and Rocks are especially busy and full of young people on most evenings, while the Wildcat Lounge is liked by local celebrities and glitterati.

13: SB MISSION | The Santa Barbara Mission was established on the Feast of Saint Barbara, December 4, 1786 and was the tenth of twenty-one California Missions to be founded by the Spanish Franciscans. More than 200 years later, the Mission continues to be the chief cultural and historic landmark in the city of Santa Barbara. Home to a community of Franciscan friars, the Mission also has a beautiful church with a large and active parish; a cemetery and mausoleum; and ten acres of beautifully landscaped gardens. The Mission's commanding position and grand proportions, graceful lines and soft, blending colors all reinforce her title, "Queen of the Missions."

14: Mission Santa Barbara's name comes from the legend of Saint Barbara, a girl who was supposedly beheaded by her father for following the Christian Faith. The early missionaries built three different chapels during the first few years, each larger than the previous one. It was only after the great Santa Barbara Earthquake on December 21, 1812, which destroyed the existing buildings, that the construction on the current Mission was begun. It was completed and then dedicated in 1820. The towers were considerably damaged in the June 29, 1925 earthquake, but were subsequently rebuilt in 1927. The appearance of the inside of the church has not been altered significantly since 1820. Mission Santa Barbara today continues to serve the community as a parish church. In addition to its use as a place of worship, it contains a gift shop, a museum, a Franciscan Friary, and a retreat house.

18: Just five miles from the Pacific Ocean, Edna Valley Vineyard has one of the longest and coolest growing seasons in California. Its location in one of the state's few east/west-oriented valleys allows nighttime coastal fog to move inland, cooling the grapes after a long day in the sunlight, so that they slowly mature while retaining sufficient acidity. The vineyard's unique site consists of layers of clay and volcanic rock over ancient ocean subsoil.

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24: Morro Bay, California is a place to discover your better nature. Located on the Central Coast midway between Los Angeles and San Francisco, this historic fishing village has much to offer visitors. It’s most distinctive and recognizable landmark is the famous Morro Rock, but there is so much more to see and explore in and around Morro Bay. Discover a coastline of dunes, paddle down a silent estuary to spy on beautiful and rare birds, or sail into the wild Pacific just beyond the breakwater. Morro Bay is also a wonderful starting point for visiting the rest of San Luis Obispo County.

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