Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Golden Coast

The little-girl me had the good fortune to be a travel diarist every now and then on long train trips from California to the eastern seaboard. I love unraveling the memories in those old journals, exploring their artifacts layer by layer - a printed itinerary from the Southwest Chief, envelopes taped to the pages, museum badges and folded up maps spilling from them.
Last month Alice and I took a day trip to San Diego for some shopping downtown. For lunch we decided to try a diner on Coronado Island and spent the rest of the afternoon there, wandering about the Hotel Del and the beachfront. I took a few photos along the way and made them into a "travel guide" that's hopefully as fun to look through as a real old travel memento. At the end of the guide you can opt to download a "Cut-N-Mail" postcard set with two views of Coronado. See it all by clicking the button below (please enable pop-ups).

31 comments:

Lian said...

This is very lovely, Livy! :)

I was able to visit Coronado during my US trip last 2008 to see family in California and it's amazing to see it here through your eyes. :D What a blessing!

Marinka said...

It is so lovely, I like it

Rachel Dangerfield said...

Another little moment of brilliance :) I would love to visit California. Someday!

Chrissa said...

Thank you so much, I LOVED this post!

I love Printable post cards!!

xoxo

Danielle said...

Your travel guide is so beautiful!

april said...

Seriously? You amaze me.

cindy said...

terrific, livy! i've always wanted to go there.

Barbara said...

adorable :)

edina said...

Lovely and thank you for sharing the postcards!

Theresa und Eva-Maria said...

Very cute!Love the backs of your postcards!

Hannah Greene said...

They're so beautiful! I live in LA too and am now seriously tempted to do some road trips around the state...

VICKI IN AZ said...

What a sweet post. I love how you told us about your childhood and then created this in that way. I really felt taken back. Thank you for sharing and your blog is just delightful.
xoxo

Amanda Joy said...

Adorable! Love the journal!

Katie Bee said...

I love this post. I've been dreaming of going to California (went once, four days, with my high school senior class...), and this only makes me want to see it more!

magdalena said...

i love postcards!too bad they are replaced by email....:(

http://fashionablylonely.blogspot.com/

Laura. said...

I was wondering if you would take the time to have a look at my poll to help me decide the name I'm going to call my new blog. I've already come up with a list of names, but need some help in choosing the best one! Here's the link:

http://www.quibblo.com/quiz/dyeYhaJ/Which-one-of-these-names-should-I-call-my-new-blog

Thankyou! x

tara said...

livy, this is gorgeous and made me smile just looking at it.

REread said...

so pretty ...

Cara-Mia said...

These are beautiful! Love your idea to do this travel guide + postcard set. My boyfriend lives in San Diego & we try to go to Coronado frequently - it's such a beautiful place!

fabricatedends said...

What a wonderful creative idea, I love it! Thank you for sharing.

The Design Dish said...

What a great blog you have! I love you graphic design work! Just brilliant, I had to put you on my blogroll!
The Design Dish

s. said...

just wanted to send a little hello your way...i have been a long time reader of your blog but took a break from the online world for a while...but i am back now and visiting your blog always makes me smile :)
-sara

Bella Jean Boutique said...

Is this the place there was an Andy Hardy movie made? It was a fun one.

Livy said...

I'm not sure but I know Some Like it Hot starring Marilyn Monroe was filmed at the hotel.

Kelli said...

I am loving this design!

k r y s t a l l e e said...

your blog is so so pretty, and the postcard set has inspired to break open my vintage letter sets and send one off to my bestie!

thank you for the inspiration :)
Krystal x

http://krystalleeart.blogspot.com/

Kaitlyn said...

This is just adorable - you are clearly quite creative and talented.

I thought you might like to check out some of my stationery on my etsy page: http://www.etsy.com/shop/isavirtue

P.s. I love your blog colour scheme! :)

Paula Prass said...

Oh Livy, you're the best! Love everything you do. And isn't Coronado just delightful?

Sarah said...

What a great idea! Beautiful work.

bicocacolors said...

so sweet, so cute, so beautiful
greetings from Spain

Cobalt Violet said...

Lovely blog ... so many beautiful images! Lots of eye candy and creative inspiration here!

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