When travel and play collide, it’s a really cool thing.
With the new Ghostbuster’s movie on the horizon, Lego has released an official Ghostbuster’s Firehouse Headquarters play set. And when I saw it, had to exclaim “that’s the firehall. I was there!” And I have the picture to prove it!
So, this in my opinion is a really cool travel story. I was in Los Angeles, California last year and I had a neat little tourist map in my hand. It showcased movie set and nostalgic locations, and that kind of thing. The one location that really caught my eye was the Ghostbuster’s firehall (from the original 80s movie). It took a bit to track down, and in fact it was in a pretty scary part of the neighbourhood (at least for this small town prairie girl) but I did it, I found it! I snapped a couple photos and hightailed it for a more familiar and comfortable area of downtown LA.
But at least I got to see it, and recognize it and that was so cool!
It was once recognized as one of the most beautiful and highly coveted fire halls in America and given National historic status. However, in 2015 when I tracked it down, it was in an apparent state of disrepair.
The oddly graffitied cat portrait on the curved door really stood out for me. In fact, I took my photo and printed it on a t-shirt for myself. I often wear my custom-made freaky cat door t-shirt to bed. I have a theory that it keeps ghosts (and nightmares) away. LOL
If Ghostbusters, or this unique lego set intrigues you, they’re available on-line at the official Lego store for $400. If you’d rather have a 2015 freaky cat door t-shirt, that can be arranged for less than 10% of the Lego set.
The thing about travel photos is that they don’t tell the whole story. The true story gets muddled even further when those photos are prepped for Instagram. This isn’t a slam on Instagram, far from it. I think that global photos bring us a brighter more accurate picture of what the world has to offer. And it’s absolutely your choice to pick what you share with the world, and in what form
My point is this, are you tainting your own memories when you enhance or only share the perfect photos? I want to make my case by showing you a series of photos that I took at La Jolla Cove in San Diego, California.
I’m in love with this first photo. I think it’s spectacular. My money shot. But it doesn’t accurately reflect my experience.
Taking a step back, you see the whole pod of seals as they lay on the beach.
Let’s take one step further back. But still make sure the shot is tight and deliberately angled.
Same pod of seals, same beach, less than two minutes later than the above photos. Completely different picture of the experience, isn’t it?
This last photo is shown from the viewing platform at street level, about 5 minutes after the first photo (of the baby) was taken.
My memory of this moment during the vacation, is of the big picture, the crowds and the whole perspective. However, I do still get lost in the moment of the baby seal and his soft eye when I look at it. An entirely different feeling about that day. And while I have already shared a couple of the seal photos on my Instagram feed, I have withheld the photos of the baby feeling that it was intimate and a real treasure, personal to my experience and I wasn’t sure that I wanted to share it with the world.
So, which picture is the “right” one to share? What view of the scene do you relate to? Which of these pictures is the true reflection?
I’d love to hear your comments! Please share.
San Diego has such a great scene. I think it would be a fabulous place for a couple’s trip.
If you’re the comic-loving type then maybe you’d enjoy a fan-fest weekend at Comic-Con. It’s hosted in San Diego every year in July. Of course, this will take some serious planning as the event always sells out.
What about a movie themed getaway for you and your sweetie? Visit Coronado Island and the famed Hotel del Coronado where Marilyn Monroe and Tony Curtis filmed ‘Some Like it Hot‘ in the late 1950s.
For a more recent, but no less iconic movie connection, drop by the Kansas City Barbeque restaurant downtown San Diego where the unforgettable bar scenes of ‘Top Gun‘ were filmed. The piano where character, Goose, pounded out a roaring rendition of ‘Great Balls of Fire‘ still sits in the corner.
If after enjoying a pint, and you you utter the words of Goose’s wife (played by Meg Ryan) “take me to bed or lose me forever’ you’ll want to be staying across the street at the Manchester Grand Hyatt. Not only is it a fabulous hotel, it overlooks the harbour and Seaport Village.
You would have to rent a car and drive north up the coast to see “Charlie’s house” where Maverick races to on his motorcycle after that beach volleyball scene. Yes, you remember that volleyball scene! Anyways, the house or beach cottage as it was, is located at 102 Pacific Street, Oceanside California which is right by Camp Pendleton the military base. Should you rather skip the rental car, you can walk over from the Hyatt to the USS Midway Museum. Here you can explore an aircraft carrier. (Incidentally, it was named the #1 thing to do in San Diego, by Trip Advisor.) At a cost of about $20 ($10 with ID for Veterans) it’s the closest you’ll get to a working aircraft carrier, like in Top Gun.
If movies like ‘Anchorman‘ are more your style, you might be disappointed to know that even though the movie story was set in San Diego, it was nearly completely filmed in Long Beach and Los Angeles, California. Even the San Diego Zoo (celebrating its centennial this year), was staged at the Los Angeles Zoo. Regardless, there are no reasons why you can’t drive around in a turtleneck and velvet blazer saying “keep it classy San Diego.” After all, it’s YOUR vacation.
I shouldn’t start in the middle of a story, but this time I can’t help myself. I’m still thinking about it. That cake. Ok, THIS cake….
I don’t know what to say, other than while others were eating salads, and some folks, fries, I opted to skip lunch altogether and indulge in this piece of carrot cake.
When I first saw it, it was under glass. Like a retro 50s style cake plate and glass topper. It looked so fresh and gooey it just got me. I didn’t even ask the price. I invoked the “I’m on vacation” clause and just did it.
We picked a table on the deck, which overlooked the ocean and Scripps Pier. Then we each ordered a glass of wine. I can’t think of a more carefree Monday afternoon. Just a couple of gals, kicking back in California. No agenda, no grocery lists, and no calories or cares.
And I can’t think of a better piece of cake, ever.
With recent chatter of Powerball Lotto dreams, one can’t help but imagine…. what if?
I stumbled upon this YouTube video for a California mansion in the Newport Beach area and I thought, “Wow! Wouldn’t that be amazing.” And for 3 minutes I was lost in the the moment.
I thought I would share. In fact, it’s inspired me to add a category, “Just Dreamy” and I’ll scour the web to bring you dreamy clips of the world and travel inspiration.