Goodbye Santa Fe, Hello Santa Barbara

10 Jan


Santa Fe is called, “The City Different” as is clear from this Christmas window of Todos Santos, a downtown Santa Fe chocolateer.  We came upon the window on Christmas Eve as we walked the streets saying “goodbye” to the place we love for three months in Santa Barbara, California.


This is not so much a going away from, as who could resist a place that celebrates Christmas with skulls, feathers, tiny disco balls, money bags and paper flowers, but a going to.  We are going to the Pacific Ocean, the camellias, the bougainvillea, and big green banyan trees.

Santa Barbara is our final Mediterranean climate, the fifth stop in visiting the five primary Mediterranean climate areas of the world. Unlike the others, Santa Barbara is an old friend as we lived here for twelve years before we moved to Santa Fe. Santa Barbara inspired the original curiosity that led us on our infinitesimal year-long adventure.

Join us as we explore this magical place by the sea, so different from the open skies, plains and mountains of home.

6 Responses to “Goodbye Santa Fe, Hello Santa Barbara”

  1. Eleni Cahn January 11, 2014 at 9:23 pm #

    Have a wonderful time! We look forward to hearing about your adventures. As a side note we are putting are putting our house up for sale and moving into town. We need to downsize and simplify our lives but still stay in our beloved Santa Fe. Fondly, Leni

    • Jill January 11, 2014 at 9:47 pm #

      Leni: What great news! We are so glad you and Gilles are staying in Santa Fe. Santa Fe does grab your heart and keep it close, doesn’t it? The adventure continues for both of us. Jill

  2. joyce tate January 11, 2014 at 3:46 am #

    Looking forward to your additional Mediterranean journey!

    • Jill January 11, 2014 at 1:00 pm #

      Hi Joyce: So glad you are here. J

  3. Ellen Gregor January 10, 2014 at 8:22 pm #

    Yay! You’re back! Hope you’re enjoying yourselves while the rest of us are freezing our boom-booms off!

    • Jill January 11, 2014 at 12:58 pm #

      Hi Ellen: Yes, it goes up into the low 70s each day and I can wear suede shoes without worry. We volunteered in the Mission Garden, “La Huerta” Wednesday morning. Some of the volunteers were trimming a banana tree. J

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