California

Day 1: San Francisco to Carmel-by-the-Sea

    The drive from San Francisco to Carmel-by-the-Sea is some 125 miles along the beautiful Pacific coast. It’s a 2,5 hour drive and the scenery is stunning, if this is a foretaste of what Highway One is like, then we’re in for a real treat. On the way to

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Day2 : Driving Highway One; Carmel to Solvang

Vis større kart The US Coastal Highway runs from San Francisco to Los Angeles, but it is the part between Carmel and San Luis Obispo that is the real treat.  The road follows the ragged coastline and the views are spectacular, there are lots of parkingspots and it offers a

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Day 5 – Santa Monica and Hollywood

This is how Santa Monica presents itself to tourists: Santa Monica was originally developed as a seaside retreat at the turn of the 20th century. The railroad owners built the first version of the amusement park on Santa Monica pier as an attraction to fill empty train seats on weekends. Santa

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Day 5 – A day-trip to Hollywood

Leaving Santa Monica for a day-trip to Hollywood: In Santa Monica we’re staying at the Holiday Inn Express and they supplied us with an affordable limo to take us to see some of the famous sights of Hollywood.   Hollywood boulevard: This is the street that passes both the famous

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Day 6 : Through the Desert to Palm Springs

This Morning found us leaving the cold ocean winds of Santa Monica for warm and desertlike Palm Springs. But first we had to make a little detour: As one of us take a more than average interest in textiles, fabrics and quilting, a visit to LA’s textile and fabrics district and the

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Day 7: PioneerTown and Palm Springs Street Market

  Just some 30 miles outside Palm Springs, in the Yucca Valley you’ll find Pioneertown, a worn-down  former movie-set, now turned into a tourist trap. It’s a dusty, windy place but, of course, it’s  a remnant from the westerns way back when…. I suppose it can be of interest if

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Day 10; Riding Route 66 from Kingman to Williams

Leaving Kingman, we also left the Interstate 40 and headed for the legendary Route 66. It’s a leisurely drive, and just outside Kingman we found a touristshop giving us a glimpse of what this road used to be. Riding the Route 66 has become a popular thing to do and

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Santa Barbara – moorish and detached

Santa Barbara has something for you ,whether you like hiking, fine-dining, water sports, lazing on the beach, culture, or a great night-life. Santa Barbara is a town with a difference Santa Barbara county is sometimes referred to as the American Riviera. Its beautiful beaches, majestic mountains, and colorful culture make

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Los Olivos – Small and charming

Located in the beautiful Santa Ynez Valley, this charming little historic town is a gem. With a grand view of Santa Barbara County’s vineyards and horse ranches, Los Olivos is famous for its art galleries, wine tasting opportunities, restaurants, antiques, a great countryside and friendly residents found throughout the village.

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Carmel-by-the-Sea

The typical Carmel dwelling The charming town of Carmel is perhaps most famous for having actor and director Clint Eastwood as mayor from 1986 to 1988, but this charming little town has a lot more going for it than that. Founded in 1902, it is situated on the Monterey Peninsula and

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The Escape from Alcatraz

50 years on – the hunt for the three escapees continues. Half a century after the illustrious escape, US Marshall Michael Dyke is still trying to catch up. On June 11th 1962 the three men, Clarence Anglin, John William Anglin and Frank Lee Morris escaped from Alcatraz Prison. The prison

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Alcatraz Island

Alcatraz Island is located 2.4 km offshore from San Francisco.   Often referred to as “The Rock“, the small island was originally used for a lighthouse, then a military fortification, then a military prison (1868), and then as a federal prison from 1933 until 1963. Then, in the beginning of November 1969, the island was occupied

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