Carmel


Back home after the US trip I’m checking all the pictures and they are for sure a fantastic memory of what we saw. What you are is what you see, and we saw something that enriched ourself. We spent the last day in Carmel, with its beaches and houses and golf courses. Very chilly, but very lovely place to stay, maybe not in summer when the fog is there everyday. See you soon California.

Aquarium


Yes it’s the best one! A journey in the sea, discovering what you can see diving in a life. And a lot of splash places for kids at the Monterey Aquarium. Believe it or not, the last picture shows a sea horse!20110810-021220.jpg

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State route 1


The ocean on the left. Mountains on the right. The sun in front of you. Wind, waves, fish, streeeeet… This the “1”! (today from Santa Barbara to Monterey)

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“sss”: sun, surf, Santa Barbara


The perfect mix after many miles around the west lands: “sss”…! Santa Barbara is relaxing and in these day there’s also the Old Spanish Fiesta: the atmosphere is the best of the year. Only the waves are calm.

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From AZ to CA


Some days ago we spent all day on the road, travelling from the Gand Canyon village to Disneyland: 460 miles. A long ride on very hot roads (43 Celsius in avergae), behing the glorious route 66, with a lot of music and games like Uno and all the iPad can offer. I need to say that the air conditiong of our car was our best fiend!

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Scent of Sequoia


Sequoias can give you a sense of peace: so strong, so quite. Sooner or later they’ll fall down, but nothing is usually happening when you walk in the Giant Forest: everything is so magic.
And the night at the Wuksaki lodge is special as well, a warm house in the forest is ready for you.

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Dinner in the valley


Here is how to do it: go to the Village Store; buy what you like; start your pic nic under the Nose (oh man, it’s bigger than yesterday..!); finish your dinner with caramel corns 🙂

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The Valley


This morning we entered into the Valley! And what a Valley!
For people like me, with many years spent on the walls, a journey in a valley is something normal; nevertheless I always look around to find new views, rocks, walls…
But this morning we finally met the incomparable valley: Yosemite’s natural beauty can be found in things big and and small, from towering granite cliffs and giant sequoias to diminutive wildflowers. I’m still astonished by El Capitan, I think I’ll never do it… it’s too big 🙂 We hiked along the Mist trail up to the Vernall Fall: again, something big!

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Tea and Cliff


Yesterday the weather was fantastic and we spent our time doing what you can’t miss if you want to have a deep dive in Frisco. First, breakfast at Honey Honey where the choice is amazing with the best value for price. Second, Alamo Square with the Painted Ladies. Afterwords around the Golden Gate Park, like every family does on Sunday with a visit to the Japanese Tea Garden, see a picture. Again, at my favourite restaurant the “Cliff House” where the lunch was super like the view on the ocean from the Sutro’s dining room, see picture. After lunch, quite late, a walk on the beach. And then downtown in Market Street for some shopping.
Finally, sliced pizza in our hotel room 🙂 We enjoied Frisco a lot, and now it’s time to move not so far from here. What’s next..?

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Under the bridge


The bridge always offers dramatic views; under the bridge was our favourite, during a cloudy morning. Then we rode the bridge by bike down to Sausalito where the sun is always guaranteed. I’m not sure if you want to see the lobsters we had for lunch…

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