Saturday, 7 November 2015

Road Trip Day 3 - to Los Angeles

I can't believe it's been three weeks since I last posted. 

Sometimes the 'now' is more important. Anyway, back to our trip. Day three saw us travelling from Pismo Beach to Studio City, Los Angeles. Although, not as spectacular as the last two days, the drive had many points of interest. Santa Barbara, like much of the coastal road is very much influenced by the Spanish with it's house designs and flavours of the cafes and restaurants.
Ventura was originally known as Buenaventura.
We didn't spend a lot of time here, but in hindsight we should have. There is a lot to see and we only skimmed past most of it.
We were intrigued by these signs which appeared at the ocean end of many of the streets. Yes, we do like to go down random streets, especially if heading towards the beach.
One on the many interesting homes in the Ventura area.
As we were driving out of Ventura on the South Oxnard Boulevard we passed some aircraft in a park. We got all the way to the coast before deciding to turn around and go back to have a look. It was very interesting. The Point Mugu Missile Park has on display some old missiles. It was developed in the 1940's and is a worthwhile stop, that won't take up too much time. We had a late morning tea there.
Back on the Pacific Coast Highway we again had great views of the ocean.
We saw a few caravan parks right on the beach like this. Not very protected we thought.
Malibu has many movie and TV starts homes, but we didn't know which was which. They all looked wonderful, and the views were spectacular. 
We saw some interesting sights along the way, including this 'library'. 
We left the Pacific Coast Highway at Santa Monica, just before the pier to head towards Studio City. The traffic was very busy and it was stop start the whole way to our hotel.

During our three day road trip we saw many remote coastal villages, as well as popular spots we have only seen in movies and on TV. We were told the road was built over a 100 years ago. It was a great trip, one we would do again if we had time. We took three days and I don't know how one could do it in a shorter time. My suggestion would be to take 5-7 days, to be able to sit and enjoy the many little bays and beaches. We stopped for photos, but would have liked the opportunity to spend more time trying the many different eateries along the way.

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