California

 

Here there are some questions:

1- What are the two biggest cities in California?

2- What’s the name of the biggest national park in California?

3- What’s the name of its most important jail? Where is it?

4- California is famous for its missions, but what was a mission?

5- In the 18th century the Gold rush took place and lots of people moved to California. What was the Gold Rush?

6- Which city in California is famous for its 19th century Victorian houses?

7. What is Hollywood? Why is it famous for? Where is it?

8- What’s the American dream?

9- What’s the name of the most famous lake in California, which is a ski resort and an area famous for its rodeos shows?

10- What’s the name of the red bridge that crosses San Francisco Bay?

11- What’s a sequoia?

12- In California we can find different geysers. What’s a geyser?

13- What’s Rodeo drive?

14- Where’s Malibu?

15- What’s the Death Valley?

16- What’s the Hearst Castle?

Capital of California: Sacramento

 

Here you can find the well-preserved old part of the town. Historical attractions and world-renowned museums set within the time of the California Gold Rush and the Transcontinental Railroad.

http://oldsacramento.com/

It’s hostel:

http://norcalhostels.org/sac/photos/

GOLD COUNTRY

If you follow the highway 49, the gold rush road, you can visit all the villages and places where the fist people came looking for gold. Ghost towns, well-preserved saloons, jails. Just like in a western film.

Columbia State Park:

On March 27, 1850, Dr. Thaddeus Hildreth, with his brother George and a handful of other prospectors, made camp near here. They found gold, and miners streamed in to share the wealth. Before the month was out Hildreth’s Diggings, a tent and shanty town housing several thousand miners, was created. Its original name was soon changed to American Camp and then, because that sounded too temporary, to Columbia.

YOSEMITE

The national park of California. Its highest cliff  is El Capitan (7,569 ft./ 910 m.) You can see giant sequoias and awesome waterfalls. Here you can learn about the history of the indians Wiwok and Paiute.

http://yosemitepark.com/plan-your-visit.aspx

Legend of the origin of Yosemite according to the indians Miwok:

http://www.firstpeople.us/FP-Html-Legends/TheOriginOfYosemite-Miwok.html

LAKE TAHOE

This area is full of attractions: Casino, beaches, spas, ski resort, skiing and boarding, lake, forests, horseback riding, cycling, golf, shopping, sailing in a steam boat…

http://www.visitinglaketahoe.com/

Death Valley





http://www.nps.gov/deva/index.htm

GEYSERS

California is full of Geysers, hot water that goes out from the centre of the earth at high speed.

http://www.oldfaithfulgeyser.com/

MISSIONS

Spanish missions were founded by Fray Junipero Serra, a religious person from Mallorca. The purpose of the missions was to make peol tried to make native people christi. The last mission was built in 1823. The 21 missions that comprise California’s Historic Mission Trail are all located on or near Highway 101, which roughly traces El Camino Real (The Royal Road) named in honor of the Spanish monarchy which financed the expeditions into California in the quest for empire.

Santa Ines, 19th mission
Named for a 13 year-old Roman martyr, St. Agnes, who refused to sacrafice to the pagan gods in 304 AD, Santa Ines was dedicated in 1804 by Father Estevan Tapis. Amazingly, it survived the numerous earthquakes. The museum contains a notable collection of vestments, church records and missals, and the church displays some of the original decorations on a wall behind the altar. A historic grape arbor shelters a walkway that transports the visitor back in time, emerging in the lovely gardens that appear today much as they did nearly 200 years ago.


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