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... couple that was for sure. We made a few wrong turns as we were in the wrong lanes and had to figure out how to get back on track but we managed it in the end but the only thing on our minds was a glass of wine as soon as we arrived at our first destination!
We made it onto highway one north somehow and it was worth it all! The view was pretty impressive and the sun was shining! It was going to be a good couple of days!! We drove through Malibu, in which we thought ...
... are staying, we want to test out the drinks-for-free-as-long-as-you're-gambl ing. Sure enough, if you put money into a machine, even if you just sit there, a waitress will bring you drinks (anything you like, including cocktails) and all you do is tip her. Cheapest drinks ever. We have 1 drink here and discover we are both **** at poker machines, not really understanding how they work.
We walk up to the strip and even though we are only 3 ...
... a pleasant town to wander through and browse the shops. We stopped here for lunch and sat outside at a cafe - a treat to find I could have a tuna melt on gluten free sun-dried tomato bread - delicious! One of the strangest things we've ever seen - Gum Alley - an alley literally with the walls covered in used chewing/bubble gum - sounds revolting doesn't it, but it has a certain art to it! Even more of a surprise was the cost (very low) of the parking. Having parked for over two hours in ...
... the bar playing scrabble (Which was intense and competitive) and having a few drinks with dinner which was a perfect end to the day.
So the following day was Monday the 30th and we had horse riding planned for the morning! Something both Tom and I have been saving to do here on our travels. All of us were looking forward to it. We had a good amount of time on the horse's and the trail we were on went through the woods through lakes and then ...
... thanks to the rural area with it's rolling landscape and more beautiful than we probably expected. It's a big difference to the dramatic coastline of Big Sur, and almost soothing as we drive south.
Our first stop is the kitschy city of Solvang - a city that was founded by Danish settlers. The city is built in the styles that can be found in Danish small countryside towns, with loads of references to old Danish kings, ...
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