Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Venice Beach In The Morning, San Simeon Tonight

This morning, we headed down to Venice Beach to find out what all the fuss was about. The boardwalk at Venice Beach is one of the most colourful places you'll ever see, filled with street entertainers, sidewalk stalls and souvenir shops and accompanied by basketball courts, paddle tennie and handball courts and an open air gym, as well as a skate park. All this in addition to the beach itself, which is home to the Lifeguard Division of the LA County Fire Department.

We walked most of the length of the boardwalk and checked out the skate park before we eventually made our way back to the car and headed off to continue our trek back to San Jose. We are following the scenic Highway 1 up California's coastline and our first stop was for lunch at KFC in the seaside suburb of Malibu.

Highway 1 is not signposted all that well, with the signage mostly providing confirmation after an intersection that you chose the correct direction. Highway 1 also merges and splits off from Californian motorway 101, which also heads from Los Angeles to San Francisco, taking a slightly more inland route, but not as far inland as the I-5, which is the interstate we took from San Jose to Los Angeles a couple of weeks ago, and also comprised a large part of our route from Bakersfield to Los Angeles just a couple of days ago.

Along the way to our overnight stop in the small coastal town of San Simeon, we passed through another famous Californian town in Santa Barbara and dropped in to the Bob's Big Boy in Morro Bay for dinner.

Tomorrow we're heading onwards on our way back to San Jose, with plans to take in the 17 Mile Drive at Pebble Beach and stop at Monterey and Santa Cruz, at which point we will probably leave Highway 1 and make our way back to San Jose.

(Apologies for the lack of photos with this post, as I haven't been able to upload them, which is probably due to a block on ftp access at this hotel)

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