Route 66 - 2 Germans on Mother Road

Highway 1, Santa Barbara, Morro Bay, Carmel by the Sea

Dear All, after we completed our Route 66 journey at Santa Monica Pier, I allowed myself a short pause in writing this blog. In the meantime we have travelled along the Pacific Coast up north on Highway 1/101. Santa Barbara is one of Karin's and my favourite places in California, so we stayed there for two days. We both love the relaxed beach atmosphere, the small and really nice hotels and the downtown area with all the shops, restaurants and bars. It's a nice change from the monotony of the large chains that dominate so many US cities. Simply a great place to relax for a while. We found a super Sushi restaurant and had to go there twice as the Sushi was sooo good. The next day we went on to our next stop at Morro Bay, further north. Again a small town directly at the sea, where we found a good hotel with a pool to swim and relax. A bit further north Highway 1 again follows the coast line directly and becomes one of the most scenic drives that we have seen anywhere in the world so far. You can tell by the number of Rental Mustang and Camaro convertibles on the road that this clearly is one of the top tourist attractions in California. And rightly so. Karin and I have done this trip several times already but it never stops to delight you. What a road, what a landscape. After about 200 kilometers today we arrived at Carmel by the Sea, clearly one of the richest villages in the area. European-style in its appearance, nestled above a white sandy beach, Carmel is also a really charming place to spend some time (unfortunately it also sets your travel budget back significantly...) Tomorrow we will go on further north to Monterey ("Cannery Row / Strasse der Ölsardinen") and Santa Cruz and later this week we will get to the San Francisco Bay Area, where we will see my cousin Catherine and Barry. We both can't wait to see the two of them. Quote of the day: "It's good to have an end to journey toward; but it is the journey that matters in the end." Ernest Hemingway

30.6.15 02:06

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