Balboa is a small island off the coast in Southern California. In 1916 it became a part of Newport Beach. This island is an enchanting vacation place for the summer. A century ago, they began to build the vacation houses.
Back then these vacation houses did not have the modern utilities - that came all later. So, no wonder that houses are small and built very close together. At first there was a one-car-ferry to get a vehicle from the mainland to the island, but later a narrow wooden bridge was built.
Later that was replaced by a concrete bridge, roads were widened, restaurants and shops appeared. This is the backside of (I believe) a restaurant. In the summer hotels and pubs provide entertainment and events take place. In the 1920 and 30ties many movies were shot on this island. Since hubby works here at times, he took me one day on a day trip and showed me the sites.
Showed this pic before, but this is where I was knitting a hat at Starbucks on main street where numerous little touristy shops, some with a Cape Cod theme! Even though it is very busy in the summer, it still has the feeling of a small town with quaint little houses, close to the harbor.
One can see little boats sprinkled around this area in yards, and wherever possible. I loved this boathouse, and will show you the painting of it when finished (I'm dragging my feet because of all the little details!).
Since it is still a vacation island, relaxation exudes in every street, house and brick. Don't these patio chairs look inviting?
When you click to enlarge this photo of the front patio, you'll see that the little girl with the parrot is...
Now you can dream a little of your coming summer vacation. That would be very Dutch, you know, - they plan their vacations a half year in advance!