20.01.2012 - 20.01.2012
We had a quick look around San Luis Obispo this morning - it's a lovely place that we'll remember for 2 things. It has a coffee shop that makes the best coffee we've had in the past 3 1/2 weeks (you know you're in a country that views coffee differently when McDonald's boasts that they are the coffee for coffee snobs and you are hanging out for a Starbucks coffee!!) and it has a bubble gum alley! It's a cross between really gross and really amazing - both sides of the walls of the alley are completely lined with used gum! After Geordie and Will added to the collection we drove over to nearby Pismo Beach to look at the Monarch butterfly grove. It was too cold to see them all flying flying around but was still interesting.
Next stop was Solvang - a really quaint little town known as "little Denmark". Every building is in a Danish style and there are Danish street names and flags everywhere - just gorgeous. Another stop off in Santa Barbara where we marveled at all the Spanish architecture and then we continued along state highway 1 past Malibu beach and we were here at Marina del Rey, near Santa Monica. Our hotel is out at the end of one of the piers and the view below is what we look out on - all very pleasant!