Monday, January 09, 2012

South CA

After a heavy and healthy breakfast at Days Inn, we walked around the colonial downtown of San Luis Obispo after which we went to this tiny little Danish town of Solvang in Santa Barbara county. Solvang takes you straight to Denmark with its beautiful Danish provincial style buildings and windmills.  The city is so small that it could be traversed by foot in 20 minutes, another option is a tourist bus pulled by two mighty horses.  The town has beautiful restaurants, coffee houses, bakeries, antique stores with no traces of contemporary architecture.

From Solvang, our next destination was Santa Barbara to catch up with Ajit and Deepa for lunch.  We had sumptuous Mexican meal at State street in downtown and walked up to waterfront and ambled around the beach for few hours.  The beach isn't that great, it's got quite a long pier on one side and a huge wharf on the other.  Post sunset, we head straight to Long Beach, checked in, had dinner and crashed.

The plan for the day was Catalina island, which is about an hour long sail from Long Beach by Catalina express ferry which costs $70 two ways.  We disembarked at Avalon and explored the island for a while by foot and hiked up all the way upto The Inn on Mt. Ada from which there was a panoramic view of the beach and the island.  Yet another meal at Mexican restaurant was delicious albeit a bit expensive.  After a futile attempt of semi-submarine ride or kayaking, we hired a golf car and drove along the other side of the city where the casino was located.  We returned by 6'O clock cruise to Long Beach.

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