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Old December 4th, 2005, 05:25 AM   #1
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Downtown Santa Barbara - State Street.

DOWNTOWN SANTA BÁRBARA - STATE STREET

Hey, guys! Well, this is very simple. I went to Santa Barbara last week and I took some pics. Enjoy them...

- Driving on State St.


- Nice gothic church on State St.


- Entering downtown.


- Granada Theater.


- Walking on State St. Something that I inmidiatly noticed was the architecture of the buildings. It remained me a lot of Puerto Vallarta or Taxco in México.


- That's a nice combination of trees and architecture.


- I'm telling you, this looks exactly like Puerto Vallarta.


- I saw a lot of people riding bikes. That's cool.


- Love the trees, love the architecture.




- Have any of you noticed that all the nice cities (SanFran, Santa Barbara, etc...) have nice clocks like this one?


- Santa Bárbara Hotel.


- Even though I saw Parking signs everywhere, it took me quite a while to find a parking spot.


- A building right next to Paseo Viejo or Paseo Nuevo or Paseo del Sol or something like that. The thing is that it had the word Paseo on it.


- Still walking on State St. I'm starting to get tired now, but I still had to take pictures of some churches and the mission.


- See!!! This pic is like so Puerto Vallarta.


- Not looking like Puerto Vallarta anymore.


- Our Lady of Sorrows church.


- Love this tower...


- In front of the Santa Barbara Mission... looking left.


- Looking right.


- And finally, I belive this is the Santa Barbara Mission.
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Old December 4th, 2005, 05:46 AM   #2
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Old December 4th, 2005, 06:29 AM   #3
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State Street is awesome, lots of cool stuff there.
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Old December 4th, 2005, 06:40 AM   #4
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^Nice shots. I sometimes miss living in Santa Barbara--which is nothing if not tasteful (and beautiful). One note: the building you identified as the SB Mission is actually the SB County Courthouse, a well-known historic downtown landmark. (The mission is actually northeast of downtown.) Here are a few pics of the mission, and a few more of the SB area:








view from the top of the SB County Courthouse tower



view of downtown SB, the Riviera neighborhood behind, and the Santa Ynez Mountains



SB Four Seasons Biltmore on Butterfly Beach



one of my favorite mansions in Montecito (a SB "suburb")



SB pier and coastline, looking east



SB harbor at sunset

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Old December 4th, 2005, 06:42 AM   #5
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looks great. i like the mixture of colors; some pastels along with various tans and beiges. there are a lot of trees, which is nice; trees can go a long way in making a place look nicer.
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Old December 4th, 2005, 08:11 AM   #6
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^Nice shots. I sometimes miss living in Santa Barbara--which is nothing if not tasteful (and beautiful). One note: the building you identified as the SB Mission is actually the SB County Courthouse, a well-known historic downtown landmark. (The mission is actually northeast of downtown.) Here are a few pics of the mission, and a few more of the SB area:
Ugh!!! I knew that wasn't the mission!!! I knew it!!! I knew it!!! I followed all the signs that said supposesely where the SB mission was, and I don't know how, but I ended up in front of that building. It looked so-not like a mission... I just went ahead and took the pics believing that was the mission. Then I left because I was tired.

Oh well, at least it was a nice trip and it was a beautiful sunny and windy day.
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Old December 4th, 2005, 08:22 AM   #7
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I loooooooooove Santa Barbara, very beautiful city
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Old December 4th, 2005, 06:36 PM   #8
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POTATOGUY!!!!!!!!!

I love this city too much, wow... nice pic...
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Old December 5th, 2005, 01:12 AM   #9
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yep, Santa Barbara is a nice city... last time I was in Santa Barbara was in like summer of 97. My relatives live in a nearby suburb call Goleta...and more relatives live in LA. The car rides from LA to Goleta on 101 is simply wonderful!
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Old December 5th, 2005, 02:05 AM   #10
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yep, Santa Barbara is a nice city... last time I was in Santa Barbara was in like summer of 97. My relatives live in a nearby suburb call Goleta...and more relatives live in LA. The car rides from LA to Goleta on 101 is simply wonderful!
Yep, it's beautiful. Though, it wasn't " that" beautiful for me that day because there was an accident and it took me almost an hour just to drive 10 miles.
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Yep, it's beautiful. Though, it wasn't " that" beautiful for me that day because there was an accident and it took me almost an hour just to drive 10 miles.
I once was on that section of 101 when there was a good sized wildire going. It stops being beautiful and more scary at that point
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Old December 5th, 2005, 09:34 AM   #12
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The best way to get to Santa Barbara is on Amtrak, it takes about 2 hours, and its cheap. You can take either the Coast Starlight (highly recommended), or the Pacific Surfliner. You can't pay for a better view of the coast, and even passing through Simi Valley, and Ventura Counties. Fall is just breathtaking passing through these areas. Once you reach Santa Barbara, there is no need for a car. You can walk from the train station like two blocks to the beach, or stroll State Street. The walk is very short, and along the way you have plently things to see that make it a very pleasant stroll. If you don't feel like walking there is a bus (I think it was free last time I visit) that will take you up and down State from the ocean to downtown.

Anyway thanks for the pictures, I really need to visit Santa Barbara again very soon. Again I highly suggest taking Amtrak, its relaxing and very enjoyable. If you take the Coast Starlight, you can have a nice lunch in the dinning car with some of the best scenery in the USA.
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State Street is really Star Street!
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Nice pics! I love Santa Barbara
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Old December 6th, 2005, 07:19 AM   #15
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Great photo tour of downtown Santa Barbara, I never been in city center. I have been in the area near University of California: Santa Barbara, it is a nice city, indeed.
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Thank you for taking this lovely photo tour for us, Alex!

Yes, Santa Barbara is beautiful! I'm glad you managed to find a parking space so that you could go for a leisurely walk of the main downtown street. The architectural style that reminds you of Puerta Vallarta is called, I believe, Mission Revival (= a reaching back to the Mexican building style as exemplified in the Missions that line California from the Mexican border on up).

And indeed it's a very lovely style ... nostalgic, romantic and a bit exotic.

I also want to thank kaneui for adding his SB photos and a special bow to ChrisLA for suggesting an excursion to this beautiful city on Amtrak.
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Old December 7th, 2005, 08:18 AM   #17
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^The Mission Revival style could be considered part of the broader Spanish Colonial Revival style, of which Santa Barbara has many wonderful examples. Buildings such as the SB County Courthouse and fairly recent Paseo Nuevo mall also incorporate certain Moorish and Mediterranean architectural features, most of which are blended together for a generally pleasing aesthetic.



St. Anthony's Seminary, originally built in 1890s (near SB Mission)



original El Paseo "mall" built in 1920s



Paseo Nuevo mall on State St., built in 1980s



SB County Courthouse entrance



Meridian Studios walkway



gardens of Four Seasons Biltmore



beachfront Isham estate poolhouse



El Nido mansion on Garden St.
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