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San Diego Road Trip: Manhattan Beach Homes & The Beach House Hotel

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Manhattan Beach Home along The Strand

Manhattan Beach Home along The Strand

The Strand, which runs between Manhattan Beach and Hermosa Beach California, has some beautiful homes. (It’s actually longer but on this trip we’re just walking between those two towns)  The house which is in the photo above and below, are two of my favorite, although there are some beautiful smaller ones too. I wanted to show them to you along with some additional photos of The Strand and the beach:

Manhattan Beach Homes

Manhattan Beach Homes

You can see the contrast!

The Strand at Manhattan Beach California

The Strand at Manhattan Beach California

The pier at Manhattan Beach California

The pier at Manhattan Beach California

Surf ini Manhattan Beach California

Surf ini Manhattan Beach California

In addition, there is a beautiful hotel in Hermosa Beach called The Beach House Hotel. It is the only hotel in the area that actually sits right next to the beach.  If you stay there you can watch the volley ball players, joggers, skaters and it’s really quite beautiful. www.beach-house.com

The Beach House Hotel in Hermosa Beach, California

The Beach House Hotel in Hermosa Beach, California

The Beach House Hotel in Hermosa Beach, California

The Beach House Hotel in Hermosa Beach, California

The Beach House Hotel in Hermosa Beach, California - Lobby with gas fireplace

The Beach House Hotel in Hermosa Beach, California – Lobby with gas fireplace

I’m just about packed and then we’re off to San Diego!

San Diego Road Trip: Sunrise Walk in Manhattan Beach

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Manhattan Beach Pier at Sunrise

Manhattan Beach Pier at Sunrise

The early morning sun offers amazing light if you’re shooting photography. If you’re following along, yesterday we drove from Los Gatos to Hermosa Beach California via highway 101 and some backroads.  This morning I got up at around 6am and headed off to Starbucks which is located in downtown Manhattan Beach.  That involves walking along The Strand for about 2.5 miles. I stayed on The Strand for awhile and then walked over the sand to the ocean’s edge.  The morning light was enchanting!  Here are some of the pics I shot on my walk including breakfast:

Manhattan Beach Pier at Sunrise

Manhattan Beach Pier at Sunrise

Surfer entering the water by teh Manhattan Beach Pier

Surfer entering the water by the Manhattan Beach Pier

Breakfast in Hermosa Beach

Breakfast in Hermosa Beach

Road Trip to San Diego Road Trip: Sunset in Hermosa Beach

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Fabulous day! Watching the sunset and listening to the waves. Sweet dreams everyone 😉

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Photographing Reflections in Windows

Reflections in a Window Photography

“Reflections in a Window” Photography

Here’s another type of photography that I absolutely love (and I hope you’ll try): Photographing reflections in windows. A couple months ago I was in Manhattan Beach, California. One of my favorite things to do is…

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Photographing Reflections in Windows

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Reflections in a Window Photography

“Reflections in a Window” Photography

Here’s another type of photography that I absolutely love (and I hope you’ll try): Photographing reflections in windows. A couple months ago I was in Manhattan Beach, California. One of my favorite things to do is walk along The Strand, which is a bike/foot path that runs along the ocean. On one side you have beautiful homes, the opposite side, the beach. The reflections in the windows are quite amazing and when I see a really cool one, I always take a quick pic. Larger windows with panels make the image even more interesting (Like you see in the photo below – that’s me on right, donning a baseball cap which is how I look most mornings). If you find some fabulous refections let me know!  Cheers!

PS – if you missed my blog on Manhattan Beach, I hope you’ll check it out: https://photogirltravels.com/category/manhattanhermosa-beach-ca/

That's me on the right ;)

That’s me on the right 😉

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Red Sky

After being back from So CAL I must say I miss it.  One of my most favorite moments was standing by the Manhattan Beach pier, the sweet smell of the ocean and the deep red sky.  If you live in California head over to the beach this weekend! Even if…

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