July 29, 2013

a moroccan retreat here in so cal


The Korakia Pensione….

This amazing place is on my list
for our next weekend retreat.

   

“Korakia blends the silhouette of Tangier
with a whisper of the Mediterranean.” –Korakia 



Located in downtown Palm Springs. 


ciao! fabiana

July 23, 2013

July 21, 2013

the laguna beach sawdust art festival


Last Saturday night was my first visit ever to the Sawdust Festival. Nestled between the mountains of Laguna Canyon, and only a couple of minutes from downtown Laguna Beach, the Sawdust Festival has been a tradition here in southern California since 1968. The festival features 200 local artists, live entertainment, classes, art demonstrations, and outdoor cafes. 




Entering the festival...
























Marcus Thesing has one of the most amazing booths showcasing his hand blown art glass.  Some of his pieces remind me of  genie bottles.



Gavin Heath also has an incredible booth. 

















We enjoyed listening to two fun bands.


The Sawdust festival runs all summer long, until September 1st, and they are open from 10-10 everyday.  Come out for a visit! 



ciao! fabiana

July 20, 2013

greystone mansion gardens


The historic Greystone Mansion
is located on a beautiful hillside in Beverly Hills
with magnificent views of Los Angeles,
Hollywood, and Beverly Hills and beyond.  

Also known as the Doheny estate,
this 19th Century English Revival style home
was finished in 1928,
and includes formal Italian and English gardens,

koi ponds, fountains and waterfalls. 


A tall alley of cypress trees and lavender framed 
by cascading stone fountains and tall arches.





The inner courtyard with circular fountain in the center.






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The koi and turtle Reflection Pond.




Spectacular view of the city of angels.




A glass sculpture in another pond in the lower garden.


A small waterfall emptying into the koi pond.


Looking towards the Cypress Walk and small fountain.


Visit another story about Greystone Mansion here

ciao! fabiana




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