Anniversary Trips

This weekend, James and I purchased our honeymoon flights, and words cannot convey our excitement. We chose our wedding date based on our anniversary. We feel that as important as our wedding anniversary will be, the anniversary of our first date will always hold a heavier significance as the true beginning of our relationship, so we wanted both dates to be relatively close. The past three anniversary’s we have decided to celebrate by taking weekend trips. Our honeymoon, which begins the day after the wedding, will also celebrate our four year anniversary. After purchasing our flights, I started to look back at previous anniversary trips, the most recent which was our trip to Quebec. Here are some photos from our first and second year anniversary trips. We look forward to adding many more wonderful trips in the happy years to come.

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For our first year anniversary, James got us tickets for a ride on the Fillmore and Western Railway steam train. The only trains that I had ever been on were subways or theme park attractions, so it was a wonderful treat.

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The train ride took us through the farmland of Ventura County, stopping in the sleepy downtown Santa Paula, and an emporium where we were able to shop from local farmers.

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We sat in a booth all to ourselves and enjoyed refreshments from the concession counter in the train.

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One of my favorite details of the day were the tickets, complete with stamps and hole punches marking the date (which helped inspire our save the dates). It was a great detail to round out the experience.

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For our second anniversary celebration, we took a trip to Santa Barbara for the weekend. That year, our anniversary fell right on Labor Day weekend so we were able to spend a few days exploring the romantic city.

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James (who loves all things related to flags) was very excited to find a replica of the very first bear flag of California at the pier.

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There was a lovely view from the top of the courthouse.

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Here is the doorway of the Spanish Colonial Revival courthouse showing the great fonts that are used all around the government buildings.

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After a full day and night in Santa Barbara, we decided to head to Solvang for a few hours before making our way back to Los Angeles. The charming Danish architecture proved to be quite the surprise, as we were not expecting to find anything like it in Southern California. We have decided that Solvang will need a whole weekend to itself for our exploration someday.

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One Comment on “Anniversary Trips”

  1. […] types of steam trains that were once functional. Considering James and I are both quite fond of trains, and the fact that Travel Town has convenient free parking and no admission fee, it’s pretty […]


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