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Cruising the West Coast — Santa Barbara by the Sea

Well, we’ve looked at Mission Santa Barbara.  We’ve seen Santa Barbara from atop the exquisite Santa Barbara Courthouse.  But, how does Santa Barbara look along the shore?

There are some fun things to see along this stretch of beach: piers loaded with restaurants, yachts plying the waters, volleyball players enjoying the sun, and many more examples of Spanish Colonial Revival architecture.

But one of the neatest sights (if you’re old enough to remember them) is both the first and the last remaining Sambo’s family restuarant in the nation — still at its original location at 216 W. Cabrillo Blvd. right across from the beach.  At their peak, Sambo’s had restaurants in 47 states across the U.S.  Today, they’re down to the original one from 1957.  We were going to drop in after our tour of Santa Barbara and before reboarding the Sapphire Princess but, alas, they had closed for the day at a ridiculously early 2:00 P.M.  So, unfortunately, there will be no pictures of the kitschy interior, the bejeweled and turban-clad Indian boy Sambo, and that cutesy tiger.

On Wednesday we’re going to postpone the remainder of our West Coast cruise for something special — a Halloween Tale of Terror from yours truly.  We’ll pick up again on the West Coast with Catalina Island on Friday.

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Cruising the West Coast — Mission Santa Barbara

After twenty-four hours (five spent stranded in the middle of the bay because of some idiot at Homeland Security), it was time to weigh anchor and head south.  Our next destination was Santa Barbara, a coastal gem I had yet to adequately explore before this voyage.  Our last cruise stop to Santa Barbara was spent visiting wineries and the charming Dutch community of Solvang.  This time Ursula was insistent upon viewing what Santa Barbara had to offer.

We took public transportation inland and then hoofed it to the Mission Santa Barbara, established by Spanish Franciscans in 1786.  The current mission you see below was started after the great earthquake of 1812 and completed in 1820.

The church itself is not the only attraction on this walk, however.  The area through which we made our approach on foot is repeat with splendid examples of homes in the California Spanish Colonial Revival style.

As Santa Barbara presents plenty of photographic opportunities, we’ll see more of this California coastal gem in another blog or two.  Meanwhile, enjoy the views:


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