In 1997, I was fast-approaching my graduation from Montecito’s Westmont College. That same year, I was introduced to the film, “Life is Beautiful” starring Roberto Benigni and his lovely wife, Nicoletta Braschi.
“La Vida y Bella” in Italian, I enjoyed this memorable foreign film at Santa Barbara’s Riviera Theater along the spectacular Alameda Padre Serra, which locals commonly refer to as “APS” for short …
It is a touching story that leaves you feeling good even in the midst of sadness and struggle…and the same is true for life along the American Riviera.
Whether it’s the rich history and tradition here, the touch of art and culture shared in everyday life, the temperate climate throughout most of the year or the lush flowers and trees that mesmerize the senses, it is all too easy to feel pure joy in this place so many of us are lucky to call home.
Once you get your toes in the sand, feel the fresh ocean air and let the waves wash away your worries and troubles, you’ll be quickly reminded too that “Life is Beautiful!”
Welcome to Santa Barbara.