Santa Barbara architecture and gardens....what a surprising city. Having never been I expected everything to be lush and clean and quaint. There was some of that, sure. State street was grittier than I imagined. Have I been rural too long now? When I lived in Seattle was I immune to the grit and urban decay? Maybe. I did love the white buildings, the mission style buildings, the shade trees, the courtyards, the modern and the spanish influences.