We headed to the north with our red Camaro via Highway 101 to Ventura. In Ventura are a lot of vintage stores on Main street. We took a ceviche and a nice glass of Sauvignon Blanc for lunch at Lure. A nice fish restaurant. Then we drove to Santa Barbara. The Spanish Court building is a must visit spot. The Pier of Santa Barbara was so beautiful in the evening light. We left the rooftop open and drove through the evening back to Los Angeles. We smelled the eucalyptus and sea salt on the road back. Just another day in paradise!
Plopped into the sand of our beloved Manhattan Beach after a long working day. Intensely happy that we are back in our second home town, overlooking the Pacific. The sun, the surf boys who passed by, the cheeky seagull, the smell of the sea and swaying palm trees. Dancing in the sand and enjoying every minute. Los Angeles…we love you so much!
Bloody hot in LA! We drove in our convertible towards the art district in down town LA and walked around despite the heat. Cool buildings, beautiful grafiti and refurbished factory buildings. Cooling down in the Urth caffe on the corner of 5th street. We went down town LA to West Hollywood where we obviously could not avoid a vintage store. With our car with the top down we drove to PUMP (Lisa van der Pump is one of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills). We even saw Lisa van der Pump in person. Then around the corner we party crashed in the famous The Abbey and we ended up in a Christmas celebration in September. Wicked LA! With the rooftop down we drove through the night to Manhattan Beach where we finished the day on the beach with wine, music and dancing in the warm sand!
After a long sleep, a delicious breakfast and inspiring magazines, we drove with our red rascal to the Korbel Champagne house which is near Guerneville. We had our entrance through the back yard, and in the mean time managed to steal a bunch of grapes. We were able to join a tour that was really interesting. After tasting four champagne varieties we had huge fun with the staff and we got a huge discount on our purchases. After an incredibly beautiful route through the Sonoma countryside we arrived on highway 1 along the coast. We visited the little town of Bodega where Hitchcock shot his movie Birds. Its easy to understand why he picked that place. A mysterious atmosphere with a lot of sea fog, screaming seagulls and the rocky coastline makes it a nice spot for such a scary movie. We drove afterwards to Tiburon, a peninsula with a stunning skyline view over San Francisco.
With the smallest car we ever rented in the States, we drove the Sonoma Valley Champagne tour. We had a hotel arrangement in the little village of Guerneville in a hip boutique hotel called Boon. A wonderful atmosphere including bright orange beach cruisers that we could use for free. We cycled to the Redwoods. We saw amazing breathtaking tall trees and cycled through that beautiful redwood forest. We explored Guerneville, a funny mix of hip versus old and rich versus poor. We had dinner in the restaurant which is connected to the Boon. What a wonderful special day! Sonoma is such a beautiful region, very laidback and surrounded by beautiful redwood forests.
Dressed up in vintage clothes after arrival in San Fransisco, we went on a small shopping spree and ended the day in the lovely Archive on Mission Street. Two cava’s and a cheese platter later we almost slept on our bar stool. Time to go to bed after a long day of work and a nine hours time difference.