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// SEPTEMBER 2009
Movie stars!
London
Vancouver
Three Valley Lake
San Francisco
Monterey
Pacific Coastal Highway 1
Los Angeles
Las Vegas
Torrey
Monument Valley
Grand Canyon
Santa Fe
Denver
Ottawa
Niagara Falls
New York
Boston
Quebec
Montreal
Kamloops
Lake Louise
Banff
Canmore
Calgary
Sausalito
Napa
San Simeon
Santa Barbara
Malibu
Santa Monica
Venice
Calico Ghost Town
Zion National Park
Bryce National Park
Capitol Reef National Park
Canyonlands National Park
Arches National Park
Flagstaff
Petrified Forest National Park
Painted Desert
Ice Caves, Grants
Albuquerque
Los Cerrillos
Los Alamos
Taos
Taos Pueblo
Montreal
Toronto
Mystic Seaport
Newport
Plymouth

Coastal Route 1


15nth of September 
The foggy mist had covered everything…

We carried on our journey towards Monterey, which is located at the southern edge of the homonymous bay, at the shore of the Pacific Ocean. The city and the area surrounding it have attracted artists since the end of 19th century and many famous painters and authors have lived there.

While we were approaching Monterey, the time was only four o’clock in the afternoon, but it seemed as if the evening was falling already, since the foggy mist had covered everything. It had wrapped into its veil the sand hills, which we had just started seeing from far away, and the pine trees too.



At Monterey we visited the beach and the old fishing port, a very idyllic area. We spent the night at a beautiful building complex, the Pacific Inn Monterey, in Mexican style, full of greenery and flowers, especially hibiscus. Our suite was exceptionally amazing!!!


16nth of September 
Beautiful course!!!

The coastal highway, Highway 1, offers the most beautiful course towards Los Angeles. The sandy beaches of the Pacific Ocean succeed one another. We passed by the resort Carmel-by-the-Sea, famous for its historic Spanish Mission (end of 18nth century).
A little later, we crossed the most impressive part of the course: the Big Sur. The steep coasts, the continuous turns, which reveal beautiful parts of the coast line, high above the ocean, the impressive bridges, which are built over abysmal gaps, justify by all means the fame of Big Sur.

The unbelievable beauty of the area attracts many visitors.Next, we saw the hills of San Simeon, which were slopping wavy to the sea and were hiding pleasant surprises, like a beach/colony of sea elephants.



We continued our journey towards the tropical Santa Barbara, with its white houses literally sank into the evergreen hillside, the big sandy beach with the pier, which goes deeply into the sea, the impressive tall palm trees, the amazing climate, the vineyards of Santa Ines and the sweet, relaxing atmosphere, which reminds strongly of Mexico.
The next place we saw in our trip was Malibu, which is not accessible to all its length, since a big part of it belongs to private summer houses, built literally next to the wave.

We arrived at Santa Monica, with its big pier, built with pilings, which goes deeply into the sea. We strolled to the commercial pedestrians’ road of the town, the Third Street Promenade, where we saw beautiful shops, cafes, ethnic restaurants, street musicians and street performers. Some of them could dance break dance like professionals and even better.



Waiting for the last…wave

Our final destination was Venice and Venice Beach. The whole neighborhood with its homonymous beach too, took its name from its architectural design, which resembles impressively the one of the City of Doges, with some of its beautiful channels still well preserved.
At Venice Beach with the dreamy, melodic sound of the Pacific Ocean’s waves, which brake at the sand, lovers of water sports and fitness freaks too, who indulge in jogging, skating and roller-blades, enjoy by all means their day.
The beach and the pier were lost into the afternoon foggy mist… It was an amazing sunset, while the surfers were waiting to catch the next wave, while the sunshine was abandoning the day and the tide was approaching



 

We slept at the Venice Beach Inn.
 

Country: United States
Date: 2009
Route: Canada - United States of America
Cities: London, Vancouver, Three Valley Lake, San Francisco, Monterey, Pacific Coastal Highway 1, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Torrey, Monument Valley, Grand Canyon , Santa Fe, Denver, Ottawa, Niagara Falls, New York, Boston, Quebec, Montreal
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Country: United States
Date: 2009
Route: Canada - United States of America
Cities: London, Vancouver, Three Valley Lake, San Francisco, Monterey, Pacific Coastal Highway 1, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Torrey, Monument Valley, Grand Canyon , Santa Fe, Denver, Ottawa, Niagara Falls, New York, Boston, Quebec, Montreal
Duration: 18
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Country: United States
Date: 2009
Route: Canada - United States of America
Cities: London, Vancouver, Three Valley Lake, San Francisco, Monterey, Pacific Coastal Highway 1, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Torrey, Monument Valley, Grand Canyon , Santa Fe, Denver, Ottawa, Niagara Falls, New York, Boston, Quebec, Montreal
Duration: 18 days
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Population: 322.762.000
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