Sunday, 30 October 2011

OMG WHAT A TRIP!!! Part 1. San Francisco to LA

Well, back from our holiday, and what a holiday!!  
 San Francisco from the air

We have been home for 4 days now and are just getting over the jetlag, we were totally wiped all weekend and have been like zombies last 2 days at work. But it was all worth it :-)

Arrived in San Francisco on 1st Sept, stayed 3 nights at the Vertigo Hotel in Sutter St. Fresh modern boutique hotel, with an Alfred Hitchcock theme.

Lori's Diner, SF
 Did all the popular tourist stuff - boat trip under Golden Gate bridge and round Alcatraz Island, cable car ride down to Fishermans Wharf, Clam Chowder for lunch and shopping at Pier 39 and Union Square. We also visited an amazing museum called Musee Mechanique down at the pier, full of old working arcade machines. It was brilliant fun! Had 2 meals in Lori's Diner near Union Square, breakfasts and burgers were amazing. Great atmosphere too!

Picked up our  rental car on Sunday and decided to drive across Golden Gate bridge and back before heading south down Highway 1 to Santa Cruz for our 4th night at the Inn at Pasatiempo. Santa Cruz was so busy as it was Labor Day holiday weekend, had a nice walk along the front but it was spoiled a bit by the business.

The Inn at Pasatiempo

Next day was fantastic! Carried on down Highway 1 to the 17 mile drive ( 17-Mile Drive is widely recognized as one of the most scenic drives in the world. The famous coastal landmark runs through Pacific Grove to Pebble Beach, from the dramatic Pacific coastline to the majestic Del Monte Forest). took some stunning photos and ended up at Pebble Beach Golf Club where we had a delicious lunch in the sunshine on the terrace.

Next, we drove down to Morro Bay. we stayed 1 night at the Beach Bungalow Inn and Suites, a gem of a hotel with modern well equipped rooms, and even a working log fireplace, which we turned on as it was quite chilly in the morning. We had a light dinner down at the waterfront after watching the stunning sunset! next morning we were given a voucher for a free breakfast at a local diner down at the harbour (within walking distance). very traditional American called Frankie & Lola's and they made fantastic corned beef hash. It was pretty cool weatherwise when we headed south again to LA, but by the time we arrived at our hotel in Hollywood (The Dixie Hollywood) it was SO HOT

 More to follow. Too much for one blog!!

Still doing the furniture too, just finished and sold a beautiful dressing table. I am currently redecorating my own bedroon in shaby chic style. Picked up 2 bedside cabinets at car boot sale for £3 each!! I painted them in Annie Slaon old white and put some coordinating wallpaper on the top, which I am also going to use on a 6 drawer chest I am currently working on.