San Clemente California – “Spanish Village by the Sea”

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Some eighty years after it’s inception, San Clemente is a bustling town of 68,000+ residents situated an hour south of LA, and an hour north of San Diego.  Initially dubbed “Spanish Village by the Sea”, it’s now a seaside destination with a blend of old and new.  Works are underway to restore the Spanish style architecture – and Casa Romantica, founder Ole Hanson’s former home.

Our starting point was Pico Beach, five minutes from the hotel.

We moved on to San Clemente State Beach – a couple of miles up the road, and the much reknowned pier.  Piers are a novelty to me – but very common along this coast.  Most are populated with fishermen catching sardines over the edge – an interesting combination of ‘gangsta’, elderly Asians, and Mexican workers.  The surfers ride the waves below – always making me cringe as they approach supporting pillars.  Never did I see an incident!

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And finally, a beachside town with a fabulous climate wouldn’t be complete without flower lined pathways, seagulls, brown pelicans, and other interesting characters.

Floral laden paths everywhere!

Floral laden paths everywhere!

Hints of the Spanish history around each corner.  This was the old swimming pool entrance.  The building is undergoing restoration.

Hints of the Spanish history around each corner. This was the old swimming pool entrance. The building is undergoing restoration.

Look out behind you.

Look out behind you.

A few brown pelicans passing by.

A few brown pelicans passing by.

Have always admired American patriotism - his pride was out there for all to see.

Have always admired American patriotism – his pride was out there for all to see.

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  • Russel Ray Photos
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    Last summer I took the earliest train from San Diego to San Clemente with the intent of being at the pier when the sun came up. Got some great pictures. That whole community has such interesting things to take pictures of.

  • Johanna Bradley
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    Yay! It works! 🙂 Got your email, Suzan, but I was away all weekend. This is the first chance I’ve had and it looks like your problem’s solved. Finally! 🙂 🙂

    • SuzanMcEvoy
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      Thanks so much Jo! I have to laugh though – one problem fixed, but now I can’t upload any images at all. Sigh. Back to the drawing board. 😀

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