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
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.
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
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
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.
This is the largest permanent collection of jellyfish species in the United States, beautifully lit in a dark room.
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.
The future is just around the corner.
Waves of the west
Not even Till Lindemann would swim here.
Smile and wave
The restrained smile could be hiding a faulty hand-brake and a dent in the front.
Reine at Highway One
I wish there were more roads like this back home.
Objects in mirror are closer than they appear, as car manufactures tend to write everywhere.
Pacific ocean along Highway One
Would you let this man drive your car?
Reine doing the infamous crane kick along Highway One
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
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.
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.
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
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