4th of July in Prescott, AZ. Just relocated here from Guadalajara... It is said to be one of the top 10 places to be in the USA for Independence Day. I would have to agree, one of the longest fireworks displays I had ever seen. Go little city!!!
Summer in Los Angeles starts when movie screenings move outside and, perhaps, there is no outdoor movie series more quintessentially LA than Cinespia at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery. Arrive with a picnic and good friends in tow and enjoy music and a movie. Dreamy.
I went to the International Mango Festival at Fairchild Gardens in Miami this weekend. It was steaming hot, but there were great Latin bands playing and all of the local food vendors were delicious! I ate tons of varieties of mango and strolled around the garden paradise. As we were eating paella on a bench, my friend from Boston remarked, "It's SO tropical here... not like the Northeast at all." At that exact moment, a black snake slithered out from the trees under our feet causing us both to scream in surprise. Yes, it sure is tropical!!
I went to a Dodgers game and saw the Friday night fireworks display! Unfortunately, I got super lost (the most lost I've ever been in LA so far) trying to find a way into the stadium to park, so I missed nearly all of the game... and the Dodgers lost 6-3. But I found my way back finally from Pasadena where I ended up (???) and got there in time for the fireworks, which were among the best I've ever seen!
Looking forward to trying this whole thing again with better directions in August :) but still had a great time with coworkers and their families, and LOVED the fireworks. (With a "superhero soundtrack," which sounds--and is--cheesy, but in practice totally adds to the experience.)
I should be a Rockies fan as a Colorado native, but with the recent antics of that team's owner, I think I might adopt the Dodgers until my hometown team gets new management that doesn't feel the need to diss their own fans...
The Hollywood Bowl is the quintessential summer in Los Angeles experience and Ella the unparalleled singer. What was most inspiring was hearing about the first time she sang publicly. She was backstage at Amateur Night at the Apollo theater preparing for a dance performance. The person ahead of her was a dancer whose skill she knew she could not match. So, at the last moment, she decided to sing a song instead. The rest, as they say, is history.
I'm interested in knowing what other things are quintessential to cities around the world in summertime!