Saturday, November 3, 2007

Palm Springs, California

We were in Palm Springs a little over a week ago for a weekend visit. We lived in Palm Springs for a while, before moving in the high desert. We often come back here as an escape from our work and daily grind. The city is a far cry from what it was just ten years ago, although it has conserved its Mediterranean style. The Palm Springs downtown area is always vibrant with activities, parades, market day (every Thursday night, with dozens of vendors selling arts & craft, food and unique items. There are plenty of places for entertainment, music, Broadway type shows and there is a myriad of restaurants, etc.

The golf courses are simply magnificent in Palm Springs. Although I don’t golf, I understand why they label the area as the largest concentration of golf courses in the country. The wealthy people and movie stars own houses in Palm Springs and adjacent communities. On the streets of Palm Springs, it is not unusual to see several Rolls-Royces, Mercedes, Lamborghinis, Ferraris, and all type of exotic and very expensive cars going up and down the main street.

It is one of the greenest city I have ever seen (Green here is not alluding to ecological friendliness). Although located in the middle of the desert, there are more green grass, flowers, and trees than most cities located in areas where water is more plentiful. I have seen more water being wasted in Palm Springs than anywhere else I’ve been. On the other hand, I have never seen such concentration of electricity generating windmills. Go figure!

The area’s population is comprised of many retirees, Native Americans and the usual blend of people typical to most southern California cities.

The area is full of good photographic opportunities. The sky is always blue. The contrast of the palm trees and green lawns against the mountains and sky is unique. It’s hard to believe that you are in the desert.

Thanks for reading,

Yvon Bourque
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