remembering our veterans
the day began 7:30am on the road on the 101 with my friend. no congestion which allowed me to smoothly drive on the freeway without any irritating stop and go scenarios. 2 hours later we arrived in the Santa Barbara
county line. We continued on the 101 and hopped into the smaller highways 154 and 246 to Solvang
. The 154 highway lead us to the mountains, winding roads, and passed the Cachuma Lake. A real beautiful lake which you can view in whole on the highway. The 246 highway later becomes Mission Drive that directly takes you to the downtown of Solvang.
Half an hour later we arrived to Solvang, the danish town of America.
a hippie van
Solvang means "Velkommen" in Danish.
Solvang is a replica of a Danish town. Upon arrival to Solvang the town had easy access to parking and street parking. It was well crowded being a holiday weekend and most were tourists. The beautiful architecture was most unique and trully would anybody anybody to feel as if they are in a real Danish town in Denmark. The town was loaded with tiny family owned shops, one of which had a shop selling christmas ornanments and decorations. Some of the shop workers wore traditional danish apparel. We took more than enough photos of this unique town. We were in awe. We grabbed a quite breakfast in a local danish bakery. I got a danish waffle and a cafe latte. We enjoyed our meal outside the bakery.
me and the hippie van
After our breakfast we walked around the town. The main street to check out is Mission Drive and Copenhagen Drive. Rows and rows of little family owned stores. Of course I had to buy postcards to add to my collection. I collect postcards during my travels.
Noon came along and half of our day was gone so we headed to down back to Santa Barbara. We trully enjoyed stopping at Solvang and will return to that town later! Back on the 101 we drove south. Along the freeway was the most amazing view of the pacific ocean and beautiful homes along the shores. Lots of green and nature, which i love. A place you can raise a family in. It seems so quiet and peaceful.....
Half an hour later we arrived at our final destination Santa Barbara. First impression was it is very similar to our city back in LA.
war on religion sucks
the area by the beach was very similar to santa monica in many ways. they've got the pier, the arts, the beach. it was too similar to home. Their Old Town Santa Barbara is also very comparable to our old town pasadena or the promenade in santa monica. The most unique thing of Santa Barbara would have to be the homes. The homes were lavishly situated in an almost mission-like features. the homes seems to have great landscapes and gardening. The mission was a fabulous and pretty sight, just north of old town santa barbara. lots of people riding on their bicycles and or are walking around town. We parked our car in Stearns Wharf, right off the beach. Then we began walking around.
Later, we hopped into our trolley tour narrated by a native of Santa Barbara. Our tour guide gave us the history of santa barbara.
The boys joining us later in the trip
i didn't know SB was the original home of movies and films before hollywood took it away. He said charlie chaplin did his silent movies in santa barbara. the trolley tour went from the Stearn's Wharf to the Mission to downtown to the little streets where tons of homes are at. The home, as our tour guide, says goes from 1 million and up for an only 2 bedroom home. WOW that's insanity.
We stopped in downtown to grab lunch at a italian restaurant called pasuci (i believe). a small restaurant that was extra crowded due to the holiday. Afterwards we hopped back into the trolley tour to continue and end our tour of santa barbara. Our last stop was back to Stearns Wharf. Unfortunately the day was quite cloudy most of the daytime so we could not go sun tanning. DARN!
Later in the day toward the nighttime we met up with our other friends who gladly accompanied us.
One Love. peace.
We stopped by an English Pub on State Street. We enjoyed our beers but was then interrupted by an out of town guy who was a rude and loud wasted young man. I was quickly irritated by this strangers behavior because he was so drunk and so racist. I had no choice but to step away and avoid this man and his stereotypical comments. Racism sucks! After the pub we had a wonderful dinner in a restaurant that served my friend's favorite dish, the calamari. quite strangely it took awhile for us to find this calamari dish. we were on a hunt for the calamari. nice waitress, great jukebox of quality oldies music, good food, good strong drinks, and good company completed our day in Santa Barbara. I love having good company while my trips.
Until the next trip. Happy traveling!!!