California Dreaming: Tom and Tracy’s California Journal

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From The Maitai Vault

What’s great here in the Golden State? There are some stops in California that demand extra time and energy to explore.  Others require just a quick stop.  That’s what we’re here to do.  From magnificent museums to gorgeous settings to events unique to our great state…and even a fork in the road…this section gives you a unique cross section of California, and the places you should spend some time exploring while visiting.  My most recent posts are at the top as we keep adding places that we travel, and add additional information to spots we revisit more frequently.  Hopefully this will give you some ideas on what to see in our great state.


February 17, 2017

All Saints Episcopal Church – Pasadena

“Pasadena’s Stained Glass Marvel”All Saints Episcopal Church – Pasadena Last Visited: February 2017 For those who have never read anything I’ve written about (you have lots of company), although not a religious person per se, I am very fascinated with places of worship.  It’s has been nearly a year since […]
August 16, 2016

Sports Museum of Los Angeles – Los Angeles

“Cooperstown West” Sports Museum of Los Angeles – Los Angeles Visited:  August 2016 (in October 2016, it was announced that the museum would be closed until they find a new location) Although it is not officially dubbed “Cooperstown West,” the Sports Museum of Los Angeles could, in reality, use that […]
July 28, 2016

Pasadena Museum of History/Fenyes Mansion – Pasadena

“Downsized” Mansion Pasadena Museum of History/Fenyes Mansion – Pasadena It’s not often that when a family plans to downsize, they decide to build a 21-room Beaux Arts mansion, but that’s exactly what Dr. Adalbert and Eva Fenyes did back in 1906 (well, a few rooms were added in 1911).  Recently […]
June 28, 2016

Walt Disney Family Museum – San Francisco

The Wonderful World of (Walt) Disney Walt Disney Family Museum – San Francisco If Walt Disney wasn’t the most innovative and creative person on the planet in the 20th century, he’s certainly close. So when Kim and Mary told us about the Walt Disney Family Museum at the Presidio in […]
June 14, 2016

Forest Lawn – Glendale

The Great Mausoleum Art Tour…and much, much more Forest Lawn – Glendale Visited:  June 2016 How is it possible to witness some of the world’s greatest art masterpieces located in Rome, Florence and Milan in the span of just a little more than an hour?  Easy…just visit the cemetery.  Well, […]
June 2, 2016

Jack London State Historic Park – Glen Ellen

“The air is wine…I have everything to make me glad I am alive.” Jack London State Historic Park – Glen Ellen Visited:  May 2016 Time for a little Northern California love!  In all the times we have traveled in and around the Sonoma County area, there was one place I […]
May 14, 2016

Millennium Biltmore Hotel – Los Angeles

“Luxury Heaped Upon Luxury” Millennium Biltmore Hotel – Los Angeles Visited:  May 2016 Having made reservations a few weeks in advance with the Los Angeles Conservancy, Tracy and I headed to downtown Los Angeles on what turned out to be  a very hot Sunday afternoon to check out their tour […]
April 13, 2016

Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum – Los Angeles

A Stadium Full Of Cherished Memories Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum – Los Angeles Visited: April 5, 2016 It’s the stadium where I attended my first baseball game back in 1959, my first college and pro football games in the 1960s, plus the venue where I saw my only Olympic Games. […]
April 2, 2016

Jackie and Mack Robinson Memorial – Pasadena

Hometown Heroes Jackie & Mack Robinson Memorial – Pasadena Last Visited:  April 3, 2016 Located across the street from the Pasadena City Hall is the memorial dedicated to two of the city’s famous sons, brothers Jackie and Mack Robinson. The bronze sculptures were dedicated in 1997 and the memorial was […]
March 28, 2016

St. Vincent de Paul Los Angeles

Figueroa Corridor Icon St. Vincent de Paul Church –  Los Angeles Visited: March 24, 2016 Being an equal opportunity historic church seeker, on my late morning sojourn, I traveled near downtown Los Angeles to the famed Figueroa Corridor and the beautiful St. Vincent de Paul Los Angeles Church, the second […]
March 17, 2016

Los Angeles Maritime Museum/Port Of Los Angeles Tour – San Pedro

Everything Is Ship Shape Los Angeles Maritime Museum/Port Of Los Angeles Tour – San Pedro March 8, 2016 Thanks to the Chilean Fresh Fruit Association wanting me to write an article for them (you see, I do work occasionally), recently I was afforded the opportunity to mix a little business […]
February 24, 2016

St Sophia Cathedral – Los Angeles

My Big, Gorgeous Greek Cathedral St Sophia Cathedral – Los Angeles Visited: February 23, 2016 When we travel to Europe (or anywhere else for that matter), I’m always intrigued by churches…especially their interiors.  Why?  I haven’t a clue. It doesn’t matter what the denomination, churches fascinate me, even when they’re […]
February 8, 2016

Grand Central Market – Los Angeles

Ain’t It Grand! Grand Central Market – Los Angeles Visited: February 5, 2016 Los Angeles has so many cool spots to visit, and last week I had some time before a business meeting to check out a venerable old establishment that has undergone a recent transformation from past to present, […]