Thursday, July 15, 2010

California Dreamin'

Back from an AWESOME Pacific Coast Venture, and it was such an amazing time.  It started with the surprise of my life...running into my good friend Tori (now living in North Carolina) at the San Francisco airport. 
Best way to start off the trip!




The first stop - Golden Gate Bridge
It was kinda foggy that day (chilly, too!). 
Glad I packed in layers!











On our first day driving down the Pacific Coast highway, I got attacked by stationary biting nettles.  Felt like an army of bees!!!!

(Note to self: 
next time, wear the jeans that I over-packed).
 











First day in LA - and Rodeo Drive it was!

The block is incredibly small, but there were enough cafes and restaurants to keep us busy. There's a shuttle now that takes you all around Beverly Hills.  It hadn't started while we were there, but if you go, check it out here.










It was a total accident (I wanted to exchange a dress from Zara) that we happened upon
The Grove, an outdoor shopping plaza that was just beautiful.  A trolley runs the length of the plaza!










                                                                                                 

We made our way back up the coast to
San Francisco, where Fisherman's Wharf kept us very well fed!  Instead of taking the 8 hour drive back up the Pacific Coast Highway, we cheated a bit and took the less lengthy California Route 101.  Not quite as scenic (but there are some glorious mountains to behold!), but worth the savings in hours!

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