California dreamin' - Driving down the Highway 1

From San Francisco to Los Angeles along Highway 1 and Big Sur, down to San Diego.

  • A view to a kill

    This looks like a good place to start.

    Golden Gate bridge, San Francisco

  • Lead by my Oakley's

    Reine setting the direction south

  • A view to a kill

    It was almost impossible not to start humming on the song "San Francisco" by Scott McKenzie.

    Overlooking San Francisco bay with Alcatraz island to the left

  • Caffeine for the soul

    Having an espresso at Dragon Java in Haight-Ashbury, while waiting for Amoeba Music to open.

    Reine in San Francisco

  • Cable guy

    A cable car going up the steep California Street. The speed is regulated by pulling a large lever that makes the car hook into the chain that rolls in the tracks.

    San Francisco

  • Pier pressure

    Every trip to San Francisco must include a visit to the moody sea lions at Pier 39. Even from a distance their noises are deafening.

    Reine at Pier 41, San Francisco

  • Hello there

    Going south.

    Montara

  • Wazzup

    Not the best beach, but it's a start. California contains about 1000 miles of beaches that include flat, sandy expanses or rocky shores.

    Reine on yet another beach along Highway 1

  • Bridge over troubled country

    There are signs along the highway that says 'Fine $1000 for littering'. I can understand why.

    Bixby Creek Bridge on Highway One

  • The other Rocky

    This beautiful bridge was build in 1932. It is often mistaken for the larger Bixby Creek Bridge.

    Rocky Creek Bridge

  • Seaside

    Arriving in the cozy town of Monterey. It is well known for its excellent aquarium where the sea otters are particularly cute. Later the same evening we stood on the rooftop seen straight ahead and saw wild otters swimming in the bay.

    Monterey

  • Roundup

    This is the largest permanent collection of jellyfish species in the United States, beautifully lit in a dark room.

    Monterey Aquarium

  • Splash

    Arriving in the beautiful city of Carmel, where Clint Eastwood used to be mayor. As our feet touched the fine-grained sand, we instantly knew people love this area.

    Carmel

  • Curves

    The future is just around the corner.

    Highway One

  • Waves of the west

    Not even Till Lindemann would swim here.

    Pacific Ocean

  • Smile and wave

    The restrained smile could be hiding a faulty hand-brake and a dent in the front.

    Reine at Highway One

  • Kodak moment

    I wish there were more roads like this back home.

    Highway One

  • Retrospective

    Objects in mirror are closer than they appear, as car manufactures tend to write everywhere.

    Pacific ocean along Highway One

  • Wax on

    Would you let this man drive your car?

    Reine doing the infamous crane kick along Highway One

  • The ancients

    The Hearst Castle is located close to San Simeon, situated on a hill overlooking the Pacific Ocean. This palatial estate of newspaper magnate William Randolph Hearst contains 165 rooms and countless expensive items.

    The Neptune Pool at Hearst Castle, San Simeon

  • Morning dip

    Another good place for a swim is the indoor Roman pool, styled after ancient Roman baths.

    The Roman Pool at Hearst Castle, San Simeon

  • One is the loneliest number

    Seems like we're on the right track.

    Highway One

  • Ge mig Smørrebrød

    This is the charming Danish village located in the Santa Barbara County. The buildings and bakeries follow traditional Danish styles, and several scenes in the movie Sideways were filmed here.

    Solvang

  • Wretched hive

    Venice Beach, Los Angeles

  • Crash and burn

    I have a distinct feeling that our car rental agency won't like this image at all. This is from the set of War of the worlds, actually located next to the house on the hill where Norman Bates' mother lived in the movie Psycho.

    Universal Studios in Universal City

  • A need for speed

    Having overprized coffee in Beverly Hills. Life is good.

    Reine in Beverly Hills

  • Dream of californication

    The Hollywood sign near the top of Mount Lee in Los Angeles

  • Dead man walking

    An ordinary sight on the streets of LA.

    Walk of Fame at Hollywood Boulevard, Los Angeles

  • Frankie goes to Hollywood

    Alpha team in position.

    On the roof of the Kodak Theatre, the home of the Oscar's ceremony in Los Angeles

  • A place in the sun

    Reine at Santa Monica Pier, Los Angeles

  • End of the road

    This pier is the official ending of Route 66 from Chicago.

    Santa Monica Pier, Los Angeles

  • Here be pirates

    Reine at Disneyland

  • Yeeargh

    The sea lions are not as friendly as they look.

    Seaworld, San Diego

  • On the rim

    A bit tired but quite happy with the view.

    Reine at Grand Canyon, Arizona