California Fools Gold — Exploring Newport Beach

INTRODUCTION I finally got around to exploring Newport Beach. I say "finally" because that particular coastal city in South Orange County has held the top spot in the California Fool’s Gold poll for more than a year. You'd be wrong if you assumed that my procrastination has anything to do with unfortunate (but typical) Angeleño bias against Orange … Continue reading California Fools Gold — Exploring Newport Beach

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California Fool’s Gold — San Clemente, The Spanish Village in Orange County

INTRODUCTION Until the visit that Una and I took to San Clemente this past weekend, I don’t think that I’d ever visited the place. I’m not entirely sure because nearly all of my trips south on the 5 have ended in Mexico and the stretch of freeway between South Orange County and San Diego County has blended … Continue reading California Fool’s Gold — San Clemente, The Spanish Village in Orange County

California Fool’s Gold — A South Orange County Primer

YES, THE STEREOTYPES, THERE MUST BE MORE TO LIFE Most of us know the stereotypes and are familiar with the frequent characterizations of Orange County. It’s supposedly culture-less and even somehow history-less. Anyone who’s spent any time in Los Angeles has no doubt heard the same hollow, bafflingly ignorant observations made of about that richly … Continue reading California Fool’s Gold — A South Orange County Primer

California Fool’s Gold — Exploring Laguna Beach

A WEARY ROVER'S DREAM INTRODUCTION  Laguna Beach is a quirky, affluent community in South Orange County. The city is the third oldest in Orange County, after San Juan Capistrano and Anaheim. It is widely known for its vibrant arts scene and environmental treasures. It's long seemed to me that dated and inaccurate stereotypes of Los Angeles … Continue reading California Fool’s Gold — Exploring Laguna Beach

California Fool’s Gold — Exploring Irvine, Orange County’s City of Innovation

INTRODUCTION   Irvine skyline For a while now Irvine has shared the top spot on my poll (see the end of the post to vote) but I’ve put it off because of the time required to explore such a sprawling, distant city. There was also a time when most of my blog’s non-Los Angeles fans … Continue reading California Fool’s Gold — Exploring Irvine, Orange County’s City of Innovation

California Fool’s Gold — Exploring Tustin, Orange County’s City of the Trees

TUSTIN Pendersleigh & Sons' Official Map of Tustin This blog entry is about Tustin, a city in north Orange County surrounded by North Tustin to the north, Irvine to the south, Santa Ana to the west and the Santa Ana Mountains to the east. Within its borders are the distinct neighborhoods of Old Town, the hyper-planned, mixed-use … Continue reading California Fool’s Gold — Exploring Tustin, Orange County’s City of the Trees