It was a rainy day, but we didn't care!
We went to Fashion Island, hoping to see "Lincoln" but it was sold out so we saw it later that night. This shopping center is BEAUTIFUL and the fountains are fascinating.
The next morning, we walked around Balboa Island, inspired by the well-loved cottages, and the unique shops. As you can see the sun was out. It was a beautiful day. We did some "tasting" in the olive oil shop, and got a kick out of their wild looking pastas. (We weren't able to take photos in there, or I would have.) There was a black and white stripped pasta that was made from squid ink. ok. Oh, and Christmas shopping too.
Of course there is a Starbucks and in the background, "Ciao" Italian cuisine, where we ate lunch.
When I was a kid, my friend Jenni used to invite me to join her family for a week on Balboa Island. Seeing the candy store brought back so many fun memories with them. We used to walk or ride bikes over to this street from their vacation house, and buy frozen bananas, or ice creams, and then ride the ferry to the fun zone at Newport in the evening. Such freedom! It was a different world back then, but even now, Balboa Island seems pretty much the same.
All dressed up for Christmas!