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Seems there is always an art festival going on in Laguna Beach any time of the year.
Good points: some of the art is interesting and very good;
Bad points: like anything in SoCal, if something cool is going on, and if you want to do it, so do 8 million other swingin' dicks, so it is usually crowded and the traffic on PCH and 133 can be murder.
Other bad points: some of the "art" at some of the festivals can be like what you find on Place du Tertre in Montmartre..
But if you persevere you will certainly find ponies in the poop.
I agree with bluefelts comments about art on her Laguna Beach page.
ddevito here at VT (now where in the fu*# did she go?????)
recommends the "Pageant of the Masters, a "living art" presentation.
You can get information about it here:
Pageant of the Masters 411
foto & comment require that you bring a sense of humor
Updated Dec 7, 2006
Laguna beach has good places for tacos,
and it is also a great place (especially the beach) to admire creative body art.
At this place (Taco Loco on PCH) you can get pierced upstairs ("Rocket 3") and then celebrate & chow on a delicious lobster taco immediately after.
Only in Laguna.
640 S. Coast Hwy
Updated Dec 29, 2004
Laguna Beach is a very tightly controlled and "covenant-restricted" community, so I thought it was very cool of them to let local artists go freestyle all along the many cliff & sea walls on the beach.
This one is for no particular reason one of my favorites.
Written Dec 13, 2004
I would be lying if I said I am not jealous of anyone who lives in a house like this on the beach.
Beach property here is very expensive:
Big bucks to purchase, and due to its proximity to the beach & water, big bucks for taxes, upkeep and repairs.
Oh well, somebody's gotta' do it, too bad it's not me.
A little south of Cleo steps on the beach with my back to the water.
Written Dec 11, 2004
Laguna Beach is known as an art town or artists colony. In the summer there are a bunch of different art festivals. Sawdust Festival features local artists. You can get ceramics and tons of different kind of stuff (my brother had a ceramics booth). This is the most accessible $$$ wise. It's fun for kids, cause there's sawdust and music, and candy, and food (no ponies). Pageant of the Masters has live people posing as actual famous paintings. It's very popular and really cool. Festival of the Arts and others. Check it out. Get a calendar and support local artists!
Written Sep 15, 2005
In Colorado, we don't take mountains or snow for granted.
I hope in California, they don't take their beautiful bougainvillea for granted.
Every spring we buy some.... every fall it dies.
Here in CA it seems to grow like a weed year 'round: gorgeous colors everywhere you look.
Updated Jan 4, 2005
The warmth of the sun....
© Brian Wilson
If you click on the link below, then on 'View slideshow' "The Life of Brian"
Let's go away for a while..
you can see a Quicktime slideshow / pics of Brian & listen to some of his music. I am a huge Brian Wilson fan.
To this day, "Caroline No" still just kills me.
"... Jesus, that ear. He should donate it to The Smithsonian"
Updated Aug 30, 2010
The beach has a tendency to bring out the romantic.
As I snuck this pic of a couple kissing in one of the more private beach coves, (due to my tendency to be paranoid)
I couldn't help but flash back to David Hemmings in one of my favorite movies, "Blowup."
Updated Jan 14, 2005
Houses atop Laguna Canyon: some great views of the beach and Pacific Ocean. Supposedly most of 'em average around $1.75 - $2-million in price.
Sometimes when there is a particularly wet or long rainy season after a summer with wildfires, you get mud. Mud sometimes slides, and the houses on the canyon hills go with it (see Warnings/Dangers).
Updated Jun 1, 2005
Since the end of the the Great Depression era, Laguna Beach has been a haven for gays and lesbians. Though prosperity was lacking in this time of the late 1930s, gay-friendly bars and other establishments started to flourish. Just as Orange county at large was barely taking shape away from its twisted sister county, Los Angeles, Laguna was beginning so also but from her own county. Compared to the other towns of Orange county, Laguna Beach is the one identified as strongly gay-friendly, so much as to be a recommendation for gay vacations.
Though percentages do vary, it is believed that the homosexual population in the city is about 20 %. That being said, Laguna, unlike the city of West Hollywood, is not so "in-your-face" gay. One may see gay individuals and couples walking down the sidewalks, strolling the beaches, at the shops or art gallery, but they mix in so well into the community, that often they don't stick out. Gay practices deemed as flashy or flamboyant are not common in Laguna. There is no big "Gay Pride" parade or West Hollywodian shenanigans here due to the unbassuming laidback quality of Laguna, which she accepts from Orange county.
Written Nov 16, 2006
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