Monterey to LA

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HI Monterey Hostel

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Monday, August 16, 2010

Set off at about noon on Monday for the coast line, drive was fine, roads were quiet, so made it easier to find our way. We arrived in Monterey, a small fishing town at about 4pm. The place had a lovely feel, really cute and pretty, had a lovley wharf with loads of shops, and restaurants. We enjoyed tasting free clam chowder and then enjoyed a lovley drink at a very posh hotel on the beach, it had a open fire outside, these fires are really cool, they have them at so many bars and restaurant, such a good idea, as if the wind is a bit chilly you still get to sit outside and enjoy the views, Lili and I want to open our own bar now and steal the idea of open  (fake gas) fires outside, they look very real though!!!!! went back to hostel and guess what we made PESTO PASTA, it was delicous - not!

Tuesday we spent the day driving to Carmel - by - the - Sea, this is an expensive, exclusive place where only the real rich can afford to live. We drove around the streets and enjoyed looking at all the gorgeous homes. Clint Eastwood was once the mayor of the town.

We then continued to drive down the highway 1 which literally hugs the coastline, such a phenominal drive, the most amazing, spectacular views, like Chapman's peak but even better and lasts for miles, the Big Sur area is a place that everyone needs to visit in their life. We were also very lucky to have spotted 2 Bald Eagles, which was great. We then made our way back to town and decided to head to a Mexican place someone from the hostel had told us about it. We had a funny moment when Lili tried to ask the hot surfer guy that works at the hostel where this restaurant was, she started mumbling and rubbing her nose, which led him to rub his nose,and we didnt really find out anything, I think Lili spoke more thatn him -  you had to be there, he then said is was quite cheesy, and only when we got there did we realise what he meant, thank God lili didnt say I LOVE cheese-. This place had happy hour on cocktails till 10pm and the food was also discounted, so you can imgaine the local folk that went there, lets just say we didnt speak to one another we just people watched, never seen so many fake boobs and long nails in our lives!!!! We enjoyed a few beverages and then we sensibly called it a night, until we walked past a brewery that had fire pits- our new favourite thing- before we knew it we werer trying out a few beers, luckily our budget stopped us from having a headache the next day, unfortunately there were no kind,hot Ausies around to fund the evening!!!
Funny story form the Monterey hostel, or maybe it was at the time, these things really only hapen in hostels I suppose, we were staying in a co - ed dorm, and we were both already in bed around 11pm, when one of our room mates about 65 year old man comes in and starts to talk to Lisa aobut her travels, therre she is lying in her bed in her PJ's and there is is standing next to the bed and they are having a full on chat about their trips, I was absolutey histerical as surely this would usually go down sitting at a table in a pub, but no not when one travels.... priceless moment for me. He did then go on to snore loudly and keep me up till 4:30am. Then another chap comes in, and obviously thinks we are slepping and slowly starts to undress, well you can imagine our eyes and thoughts, thnk God he slept in his boxers.....
Next morning we made our last set of pancakes which was the staple free breakfast the last few days and set of to a beautiful place called Cambria, it took us about 2 hours to get there. This village is made up of one street, really cute, old building a bit like the UK, sweet little gift shops and a few wine tasting too... we checked into our hostel at 5pm, which was like a little Enligh cottage, too cute. The people were very chilled and layed back and were very much into being GREEN, so we had to really concntrate before we threw anything away, about 5 bins to choose from. The girl that worked there was making fruit jam forn the fruit trees, she has left over apple juice aso then decided to make apple and walnut cake for  breakfast, which the American coo girls thought was BREAD! They also had an outside fire, but this one was real so Lili and I got very excited about this. We walked down the rod, bought these delicious homemade beek pie which we were going to bake for supper. Sat outside and enjoyed just bieng out with nature and met a random dude of about 60 who was pleasantly friendly, he was all excited as he was the only male staying there, we also met 3 dolls, reall Jo burg coo girlls, the arrive and get out the car wearing bikinis - intersting. We also have chickens attacking us as we were eating corn chips and they clearly wanted some, they even pecked my toes. anyway we eventaully decide to light the fire, did it all naturally, no fire lighters, the comments form the Americans, "Oh my God did you light that fire all by yourself?" another while eating our amazing homemade pies " Are you going to cook food on there?" We enjoyed chiiling around the fire, enjoying our very expensive bottle of wine we bought in Nappa Vally, it was like mother's milk. Our friendly man then comes walking home, or should I say staggering home, it was so funny he was so pissed and then wanted to join us around the fire, he could hardly speak, i of course had to tell him about my alligater story, the story has been told many a time, but probably the funniest thing that has happened to us.
We then woke up EARLY on Thursday am, which was 7:30am, to find th kitchen packed with people, clearly we are the only ones who usually get up at 9:30am. anyway we set off for LA stopping in Santa Barbara for a while. What a cool spot, palms trees everwhere and amazing white beaches, we enjoyed the view of the shiny well built bodies, ate some yummy fish and chips and watched a crab and fish being caught by the local guys. A nice relaxed 2 hours before heading to LA. in our hired car.

Hitting LA, 7 lane highways lets just say we did it, one stage we had to get right across from the right to the left which was not fun!!! Thank God for automatic cars and GPS. See ya in LA
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Barbs on

All looks so beautiful!

Leila on

Who is the amazing photographer?! Loved looking at all your brilliant photographs, fab record of your adventure. You're both looking so well, obviously travelling is the answer to getting a happy glow and a brilliant tan! Is it the Inca Trail next? Hope you're feeling fit! Enjoy.

Laura on

it Really look beautifulL. The beaches!!!! we normally see them on movies.

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