Thursday, April 17, 2014

the road trip contnues: Las Vegas

I was more than excited when we decided to include Las Vegas in our road trip. We had a great time there in 2011, so I couldn't wait to go back.

I'm not a party animal, I don't gamble, I don't binge drink. Yet, Las Vegas is one of my favorite places. Why? Because it gives me a sense of carefree-ness that I haven't experienced anywhere else. It's so much fun!

















The sun rises over Las Vegas.






Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Santa Barbara via Malibu

On Tuesday afternoon, we rented a car, said goodbye to San Diego and began our road trip.


 Our first destination was Santa Barbara and we decided to take Highway 1 for part of the journey.


Getting closer...

There was a traffic jam when we were driving through Santa Monica and I couldn't help but stare look at the drivers of the cars next to us. (Unfortunately, I didn't spot Leonardo or any other celebrities for that matter!)



We made a brief stop to take in the beauty of Zuma beach in Malibu.



And back on the road...


On Wednesday morning, we walked around Santa Barbara, which is a beautiful town. (Does anyone remember the soap opera? Click here!)
















We ended up spending a couple more hours in SB, because an exclamation point kept popping up on the dashboard of our rental car. After some googling, we were afraid that there was something wrong with the brakes, so we took it to the rental company and asked for an exchange. But that same morning a cruise ship had docked at SB and all the cars had been rented apart from a very small Fiat that didn't even have 4 doors. It turned out the pressure in the tires was low, so we went to a gas station and fixed the problem. Have I told you that in the US you have to pay 25 cents to buy air for your tires? 

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

San Diego: downtown, Balboa Park, Old Town

Our last day in San Diego included a short walk downtown...


...a very brief visit to the amazing Balboa Park...







...and a stroll around Old Town (which turned out to be a little more touristy than what we had expected).



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