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Santa Barbara by Frankie Morone.



Santa Barbara is located about 90 miles North of Los Angeles, along the Pacific coast. This stretch of coast of Santa Barbara is often referred to as the "American Riviera" because its geography and Mediterranean climate are reminiscent of the French and Italian Riviera.

The view of the harbor is spectacular, breathtaking so to speak. The mountains rise dramatically behind the city. Some of them resemble the "morne l'hopital" overlooking our capital Port-au-Prince. Sometimes, it snows on the mountains, but it rarely stays for more than a few days. Not too far from the town and adjacent to the "Mission Santa Barbara" there is a mountain known as the "Riviera". On the skirt of that mountain there is a small town called MONTECITO.

Montecito is among the wealthiest communities in the US and is home to many celebrities. It is located just a few miles of Santa Barbara. There are some really really beautiful & expensive homes. Lots of celebrities live there: among them Bruce Johnston, Oprah Winfrey , Carol Burnett, Jonathan Winters,Steve Martin, Tab Hunter, John Cleese, Jimmy Connor, Steven Spielberg, Kevin Costner, Kirk Douglas, Dennis Miller, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Bob Gale, Ty Warner (billionaire toy entrepreneur, "Beanie Babies") just to name a few.
On some of Montecito's road are planted very very tall trees; as one is driving, one can see the bark of those trees peeling and that gives a very very sweet - fresh (comme un jasmin) fragrance the town. I believe they were imported from Australia.

Many artists make Santa Barbara their home (and of course I can understand that). "The Santa Barbara Museum of Art est très très jolie". It's worth the visit.

Other art venues are "the University Art Museum" which is on the UCSB campus. There are several private galleries, and a wide variety of art and photo shows.

The Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History is located immediately behind the Santa Barbara Mission in a complex of Mission-style buildings set in a park-like campus. (you will see a picture of that church). The museum offers indoor exhibits and a state-of-the-art planetarium. (très jolie).There is also "The Santa Barbara Maritime Museum located near the Harbor.

Santa Barbara is simply a beautiful place. A nice place to retire. Enjoy these beautiful pictures and make this place your next vacation stop. You will not regret it.

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State Street.
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State Street.
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Another view of State Street.
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Another view of State Street.
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Santa Barbara.
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Santa Barbara.
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Beautiful State Street in Santa Barbara.
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Beautiful State Street in Santa Barb…
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Santa Barbara.
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Santa Barbara.
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State Street in Santa Barbara.
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State Street in Santa Barbara.
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State Street in Santa Barbara.
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State Street in Santa Barbara.
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The court house in Santa Barbara.
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The court house in Santa Barbara.
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The tower of the court house in Santa Barbara.
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The tower of the court house in Sant…
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I need not say what this is.
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I need not say what this is.
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A close up ot the fountain of the court house in Santa Barbara.
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A close up ot the fountain of the co…
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Inside an old court building in Santa Barbara.
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Inside an old court building in Sant…
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Inside a museun in Santa Barbara. (an old court house.)
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Inside a museun in Santa Barbara. (a…
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A view from the tower of the court building.
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A view from the tower of the court b…
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From the tower of the court building.
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From the tower of the court building…
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Los Angeles 2009 494
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Los Angeles 2009 494
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View from the tower of the court house. See the harbor in the background.
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View from the tower of the court hou…
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View from the tower of the court building in Santa Barbara.
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View from the tower of the court bui…
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Turn 180 degrees in the tower of that court house and you see the mountains.
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Turn 180 degrees in the tower of tha…
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From the tower.
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From the tower.
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Los Angeles 2009 499
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Los Angeles 2009 499
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From the tower of the court building.
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From the tower of the court building…
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From the tower.
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From the tower.
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Idem.
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Idem.
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