Sitting in the airport ready to board our 14 hour flight back to Aus. Why not finish with a final update on what has been an excellent trip. Seen lots done lots experienced lots and had a great adventure.
Can’t remember where we got to but here’s the whole road trip!! The last few days we have been on the road making our way down USA Route 1 the pacific coastal road. We visited Pebble Beach Gold Course the world famous links on the Monterrey peninsula, which was beautiful and our hotel was magnificent. La Playa Carmel was really nice and we ate in the bar. We left Carmel and did the magnificent route south. Recently reopened after major landslides washed out the road for over a year. The only downside was that the coastal fog restricted our views. You will see what I mean by the photos.
We made it to Pismo Beach a quaint seaside town where money is being spent right and left to raise the standard and it’s looking good. Our hotel the Inn on the Pier was under a year old so nice place to stay and the roof top terrace was lovely to enjoy a glass of wine.
We set off early every day to get to the next stop in time to look around. Next stop Santa Barbara. We stayed at the Montecito Inn. The hotel was built and owned by Charlie Chaplin in the 1920’s. It was again beautifully presented. The village of Montecito was beautiful with boutiques and designer shops everywhere. Only 8 months ago it suffered a natural disaster when the mountains had devastating fires followed by monsoonal rains. The mountains tower over the village and the resultant tsunami of mud and rocks crashed through the village. 23 people lost their lives.
In Santa Barbara itself we sought out Dargan’s Irish bar a former haunt of our long term squash friend Debbie Brown. Debbie and her partner have moved to Dublin, so it was just to see where they hung out. It’s a great Irish bar and the town is very Spanish in influence. The weather was great and we had a really nice walk.
Our final port of call was Marina Del Rey. We chose the Ritz-Carlton for the last day of our tour and it was spectacular. the views of the marina were fantastic from all angles. we visited Venice Beach and had lunch at Fisherman’s Village before rounding things off with dinner overlooking the marina. It must be the biggest marina we have ever seen with over 4700 berths.
And so just when you think its all over you get home and wake up at 3am to complete the blog!! Jono was at the airport to pick us up bookending a super 3 week adventure. I hope you have enjoyed our notes from our travels and have enjoyed the photos along the way.
Lots of love A&S in bed on our tablets 3am Brisbane!! xxxxxxxx