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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.

  • (Anonymously) (Private)
    8 years 3 months ago
    Cross representing the number of American dead soldiers in Iraq & Afghanistan.
    I think that you should keep your opinion to yourself. Thank you for the photos! Move on.

    Ah! the power of the First Amendment "FREEDOM OF SPEECH! Just a word of caution: Before you quote JFK, please study his politic: During his tenure as president, he only did Viet Nam, the Bay of Pigs, the Cuba missile crisis, East Germany, Marilyn Monroe and a few other women...and not much else.
  • La Lionne (Private)
    8 years 9 months ago
    Elza in Santa Barbara.
    Hey no smiling allowed! I think La Elza really needed some sunshine.
  • La Lionne (Private)
    8 years 9 months ago
    Inside a museun in Santa Barbara. (an old court house.)
    Hey who is this guy with the "mustafa" moustach? Have we met somewhere before? Do I know you from somewhere? Ha ha ha! Ayiti rings a bell.
  • Une Lionne (Private)
    8 years 9 months ago
    A small house in Santa Barbara.
    All the houses in Santa Barbara regardless of their size cost one million dollars. The city wants to attract rich retirees. The middle class is moving out.
  • Une Lionne (Private)
    8 years 9 months ago
    Another frontal view of The Mission.
    This is the only standing mission in Santa Barbara it was built by the Spaniards. The old monastary burned during the last "Tea" fires in November 2008.
  • Une Lionne (Private)
    8 years 9 months ago
    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.
    The Cypress trees are originally from Australia they can grow about 80 feet tall.
  • Une Lionne (Private)
    8 years 9 months ago
    Inside a winery in Santa Barbara.
    Winery in Santa Ynez Mountain