Summer Vacation to California 2015

July 10, 2015

Hi friends.  We recently took our family vacation to California.  Last year we took a vacation to California and visited and stayed with our friend who lives in Venice Beach.  If you would like to read about that vacation you can click HERE.

This year we decided to visit San Francisco first for a few days and then go to Venice Beach, Los Angeles to stay and visit with our friend.

Here are a few photos I took of our stay while we were in San Francisco.  We stayed in a hotel in Union Square called the Prescott and you can read about it HERE.  Union Square is a great area to stay in as all of the major stores, restaurants, and hotels are right in the area.

Entrance to China Town.

Pretty statue of the Golden Gate Bridge.

San Francisco Cable Car.

Entrance to the most crooked street called Lombard Street.

Fishermans Wharf is delightful as there are many stores, restaurants and it's just fun to walk around by the water.

This is a photo of the famous abandoned prison called Alcatraz and click HERE to read about it.

We enjoyed looking at the seals.

The weather was sunny but cold around 55 degrees in the morning and 65 in the day and back down to 55 again at night time.  It gets warmer in September, October and November there.  You can see I'm all bundled up!

I love the old colorful victorian houses.

We took a small bus tour to the Muir Woods National Monument to see the tall redwood forest and trees.  To read more about it you can click HERE.  This was so enjoyable and the highlight of my trip and a must see you don't want to miss.

 We then took the bus to see Saucilito and we enjoyed walking by the water and looking in some of the quaint shops.  To read more about Saucilito you can click HERE.

This is Venice Beach in Los Angeles and this is the second half of our vacation.  The weather was sunny and warm and about 80 degrees every day.

This is our friends beautiful pool which we had fun swimming in.

This is the view of the living room and backyard.

We decided to visit Malibu and have lunch at the restaurant Nobu and we spotted Kenny G having lunch there too and to read about him you can click HERE.  It was so amazing to be eating lunch listening to the ocean.  To read more about Nobu you can click HERE.

I love this back shot of my daughter looking at the ocean.

We visited The Grove for some retail shopping and you can read more about it HERE.

I hope you enjoyed looking at some of my photos of my vacation to California.  I would definitely suggest you visit as it is so pretty and the weather is wonderful everyday.  Thanks.

P.S.  My husband was on the trip with us but is camera shy.

Click HERE to see the great parties I will be linking up to!



  1. Loved visiting Cali with you! We did a similar trip a few years ago (except not Malibu!). I love California and seeing all these sights makes me miss it more!! Looks like a wonderful visit!

  2. Beautiful photos Julie! I have always wanted to visit San Francisco! Hopefully some day. It looks and sounds like your family had a wonderful vacation! Thanks for sharing...) Have a lovely weekend!

  3. Julie! These pictures are lovely and making me homesick, whatever that means. Maybe because I've went to some of the same places multiple times (not Venice beach though) when in we visit California. You look pretty and happy all bundled up. So glad you and your family went. Thanks for sharing your vacation with us. Have a wonderful Friday and weekend! Hugs, Ping

  4. What a fun vacay!! And Kenny G too!! I love his music even if my adult children make fun of me for that!! I hope to visit that part of the US one day...thanks for sharing your lovely photos.

  5. What great pictures! I love San Francisco! Just thinking about it makes me want a loaf of sourdough bread! Glad you had a good time!

  6. Love the photos! San Francisco is such a beautiful city. With its eucalyptus trees, it seems like a different country from northern Wisconsin. I haven't been there for many years, but I remember loving the pastel colored houses on the hillsides. Sounds like a wonderful vacation!

  7. How wonderful Julie!!!! You visited my favourite city - San Francisco - in great style it seems! It really is wonderful isn't it, so is Sausalito of course! I haven't been to LA though, but it looks as though you had just as great a time there too! So glad that you enjoyed it. It was fun to go along with you! xx

  8. Great post Julie, thanks for taking us on a tour of SFO. My son lives South of SFO - Los Gatos which is close to San Jose. Sometimes we get into the city, which I love.
    Have a great weekend.

  9. What lovely pictures, it sounds like a great trip. I have never been! I am glad you had a nice vacation. That is what summer is all about.

  10. Sounds like a wonderful trip Julie. I've never been there, would love to visit myself someday. Beautiful pictures.

  11. It is so beautiful in San Francisco Julie! You guys did so many fun things. I love the moments you captured. I definitely want to visit one day.

  12. San Francisco is one of my favorite cities. So much to see, and not far away is the beautiful Pacific. What's not to love?!

    Sounds like you had a well deserved relaxing and fun vacation Julie! Thanks for sharing and have a great weekend! (The weather is perfect finally!).

  13. What fun!! Look at that beautiful sunshine and sea!!! Glad you're enjoying fab times :))

  14. Beautiful pictures Julie. Glad you had a wonderful trip. Love the seals how sweet are they?!

  15. Hi Julie, love your wonderful pics from your vacation in CA. So glad you had a great time. It looks like it was a great time. Those seals are adorable.
    Have a nice weekend. hugs, cm

  16. Oh Julie, it looks like you had a beautiful time! Your pictures were such a delight to look at.

    Hugs and blessings to you, my friend!

  17. One day I'll get over there Julie! One day!! What an amazing holiday you had - so jealous :-) xx

  18. The weather alone would make me want to visit. Your pictures are great. I enjoyed seeing them!

  19. Beautiful photos, Julie! Being from Southern CA, they made me homesick! Looks like you and your family had an amazing time! This month possibly we'll be going to San Fran, I want to visit my daughter who lives in WA, and she wants to meet up there! Have a delightful weekend!

  20. These are gorgeous shot! Especially like the sunning seals.

  21. Looks like a great vacation, Julie! I enjoyed seeing your photos. I love California too. Beautiful place. :)

  22. Love Northern California ~ especially Muir Woods! Gorgeous photos, and glad you had an amazing west coast vacation!

    Happy Sunday ~ Happy new week! ✿

  23. What gorgeous photos!! They brought back memories of our visit to San Fran many years ago :)

  24. I enjoyed your photos, Julie! I used to go to San Fran for business, but I haven't been in years, especially for pleasure. I went to Saucilito years ago - loved it, and I would love to go back! Thanks for sharing!

  25. Hi Julie,

    What pretty pics of the very beautiful state of California, a place I'd love to visit one day, as my godmother, (who I only 'met' on the day of my baptism) lives there, in Santa Barbara, to be exact.

    Looks like you had a wonderful time!

    Happy weekend!



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