After our stop in Monterey, California, we drove on towards the 17 Mile Drive at Pebble Beach. This stretch of the California coast is recognized as one of the most scenic route in the World. The famous landmark drives through the Pacific Grove,which is a gated community towards Pebble Beach. We paid $9.75 US to enter and drive along the 17 Mile Drive. There are several stops along the way for great views of the California coast. One of the famous landmark was the Lone Cypress Tree. Several view points show different rock formations, bird sanctuaries, different floral and fauna that have inspired some paintings, views of Beach Mansions, Golf courses overlooking the Pacific Ocean and one stop has Ghost trees.
Towards the end of the 17 Mile Drive is the town of Carmel-By-The-Sea. A very quaint and posh town with its Ocean Avenue, filled with numerous cafes and shops including some luxury brands, Bottega Veneta and Louis Vuitton, among others. Carmel is also well known for the Carmel Mission which is the second largest Mission in California after the Mission in San Diego. After Carmel, we drove towards Morro Bay for our overnight stop. The next day, we left early to visit the Castle above the Clouds, San Simeon's Hearst Castle, which I will feature at a later blog post. After our visit at Hearst Castle, we stopped by Santa Barbara, which was another posh and beautiful city to visit before returning to Los Angeles along the scenic Pacific Coast Highway. Driving along the Pacific Coast Highway was truly an experience to remember. Every stop was breathtaking and worth exploring. On this trip, we discovered the true spirit and beauty of California.
One of my favourite movies, It's Complicated was inspired by the City of Santa Barbara. Directed by Nancy Meyers, she always incorporated beautiful houses and interiors in her movies. Meryl Streep's house in the movie was similar to one of the houses in this picture. The whole city was built with houses and buildings in uniform white facades with terracotta tile roofs.
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