Saturday, March 14, 2009

Honeymooning on the West Coast! (Part IV)

27Nov'08: LV to Grand Canyon
Drive to Hoover Dam then to Grand Canyon
Grabbed our brunch at Macdonalds before our proper lunch at Al Tovar
As the Grand Canyon is covered totally by fog, we decided to check out the Grandeur of Grand Canyon at Imax.

Overnight at Best Western Grand Squire Inn
28 Nov'08: Grand Canyon to Dessert Hills Premium Outlets
We decided to check out Grand Canyon again...And Phew! Luckily the fog is not back!! We managed to stop at a few look-out point for photos before driving off to our Last shopping Stop!

Another 5 straight hours of non-stop shopping!

Overnight at Best Western Pasadena

29 Nov'08: LA
La Brea Tar Pits for its huge collection of fossils extracted from the tar pits.

Lunch at Musso and Frank
Some other sights:-
- Chinese Theatre, hollywood
-Getty Centre
Overnight at Hollywood Orchid Suites Hotel

30 Nov'08: LA
Checking out LA beaches front - Santa Monica , Venice...
Forest Gump bench outside Bubba Gump Shrimps restaurant:
Trying our best to imitate Tom Hank's signature look as Gump

Farmer's Market with Lunch at Gumbo Pot, followed by home-made ice-cream, coffee and donut for tea, and Dinner at Koi.

The most expensive parking during our Trip!

Overnight at Howard Johnson Anaheim

1st Dec'08: LA - Disney Land!!!
Truly magical experience, not bad for my 1st Disney experience!

Goofy !

Christmas Theme Mickey outside Adventure Land

Dinner at Denny's

Overnight at Howard Johnson Anaheim

2nd Dec'08: LA - Disney Adventure Land

Adrenlin rush, after taking the rides at Adventure Land, the rides at Disney is no longer thrilling for me. But the magic is still there. I love their fireworks and happy music blaring through their speakers throughout the whole magical kingdom.
Mickey in Adventure Land
Sharing our Turkey Leg lunch...

3rd Dec'09: LA- Universal Studio
Breakfast at Johnny Rockets before our visit to Uuniversal Studio Hollywood
Dinner at Bubba Gump Shrimps

Interesting theme park, but I still prefer Disney Land.

Drive to Slovang

Overnight at Kronberg Inn

4 th Dec'09: Solvang - San Simeon
Breakfast at Mortenson's ...

and a nice walk around the Dannish-looking streets.

The Most-photographed Inn at Solvang

Next, drive to San Simeon
(en-route) Lunch at Steamers
I love the clams! Super-duper delicious!

Piedra Blancas for the nice sunset...

... and elephant seals

Overnight at Sea Breeze Inn

5th Dec'08: San Simeon - Carmel

Morning visit to Hearst Castle
(remember to book your tickets online to avoid a wasted trip)

Takeaway Lunch - Hearst Ranch Beef burger

Point Lobos walk

Explore 17-mile Drive - Shepard's Knoll, Point Joe, Bird Rock, Lone Cypress, Fanshell overlook, Ghost Tree, Restless Sea

Pebble beach along 17 mile drive (Carmel by the sea)

Another beautiful sunset along 17 mile drive

Dinner at Rio Grill

Overnight at Highlands Inn - Sea View facing with real fireplace

6 Dec'08: Drive to Monterary Bay

Our long drive back to SF for our flight back along California One highway, en-route to Monterey Bay.

Some other sights not pictured here:-
Butterfly Grove

Lunch at Seawife (nice, reasonably priced, and very friendly owner)

Brave, Inquisitive squirrel checking us out for some snacks
as we check out the coastal views from
one of the look-out point along California One Highway.
I guess this is one of the main cause of squirrel pancake along the highway: A kind act, which cause tragedy to these cute, little things

Moon Jellyfish at Monterey Aquarium

Coastal view from Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park

Sunset along California 1 highway

Half Moon Bay

A nice end to our honeymoon...

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