A typical Solvang / Danish Countryhouse

Day 3 : Solvang to Santa Barbara through Saint Ynes and Los Olivos

Anthony Bourdain:

“Travel isn’t always pretty. It isn’t always comfortable. Sometimes it hurts, it even breaks your heart. But that’s okay. The journey changes you; it should change you. It leaves marks on your memory, on your consciousness, on your heart, and on your body. You take something with you. Hopefully, you leave something good behind.”

Trying to look like Denmark - Solvang, California
Trying hard to look like Denmark – Solvang, California

Walking around in Solvang certainly gives you the flavour of Denmark, but in a strange sort of American way. The houses look very much like the typical oldfashion danish countryhouse that you don’t find too many of in Denmark anymore. In a sense Solvang is much more Danish than Denmark. All in all, nice place to visit, but a fifteen minutes stroll is all you need to take it all in. For more on Solvang:

click here.

Los Olivos:

Los Olivos - the gas station and drugstore
Los Olivos – the gas station and drugstore

Going east from Solvang took us through the beautiful Saint Ynez Valley, one of the main wine-producing districts in all of the US. Lovely scenerey and a wide, open landscape greeted us as we drove through. For lunch we stopped in a small village called Los Olivos. This is the kind of place where time seems to have been frozen. It’s a very picturesque place, very quiet and very genuine.For more on Los Olivos:

click here. 

Also in Los Olivos was a very special Garden Center named J. Woeste: Visit them here: J. Woeste

Los Olivos Garrdencenter
Los Olivos Gardencenter

It’s a fun place to be, and really worth a visit, especially if you’re into gardening: More images

 

 Next Stop; Santa Barbara:

The kind of car you would expect to see in Santa Barbara
The kind of car you would expect to see in Santa Barbara

Santa Barbara is different from other American cities; click here

 Tomorrow we shall be driving the “American Riviera” – from Santa Barbara to Santa Monica

 

 

 

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