Wednesday, March 12, 2014
Santa Catalina - CA - USA
Leaving San Francisco but still in California, Jacqueline sent me this nice sunset in Santa Catalina Island, a little piece of paradise located only a few km from the coast of Los Angeles and a place famous for all the glamorous Hollywood parties in the early 20th century. Thank you very much Jacqueline, I don't know if you already went to Catalina, but I'm sure it must be a wonderful place. This postcard took 9 days to arrive!
Santa Catalina Island, often called Catalina Island, or just Catalina, is a rocky island off the coast of the U.S. state of California in the Gulf of Santa Catalina. The island is 35 km long and 8 miles 13 km across at its greatest width. The island is located about 39 km south-southwest of Los Angeles, California. The first Europeans to arrive on Catalina claimed it for the Spanish Empire. Over the years, territorial claims to the island transferred to Mexico and then to the United States. During this time, the island was sporadically used for smuggling, otter hunting, and gold-digging, before successfully being developed into a tourist destination by chewing gum magnate William Wrigley, Jr.