Orange County is situated on the West Coast of the USA. Southern California's smallest county has no defined center, it's a collection of small cities that rolls out like a quilt from the Santa Ana Mountains, to the sparkling Pacific Ocean. Just to the north rises dynamic Los Angeles, while to the south is laid back San-Diego, but prosperous Orange County has a distinct attitude and flavor all its of own. Home to Native Americans for thousands of years, European settlement took hold in 1776 with the construction of Mission San Juan Capistrano. Raided by pirates, ravaged by earthquakes, floods, and droughts, this determined, self-sufficient settlement never lost faith. The mission contains the oldest Californian buildings still in use today. A century later, new breeds of worshippers came- nature lovers, artists, and sun seekers. In the late 1800s, Laguna Beach began to attract vacationers. By the 1920s half the residents were artists, establishing a creative community which still thrives today. Laguna possesses a natural beauty, spirit, and light that one artist called, an inexhaustible source of inspiration.