Santa Barbara

We left Los Angeles reluctantly, what a fantastic city with a great vibe. It took a couple of days to get into it but once we did we loved it. Leaving the city behind we weren’t sure what to expect, arriving in Santa Barbara was like dropping into paradise. We headed straight to one of the oldest and most intact Missions in California, a very tranquil place with beautiful gardens and stunning views. Following the visit to the mission we climbed the tower of the old courthouse, what a view! 360* and fantastic in every direction. We then headed to the beach and marina, this is a town that just keeps giving. Our hotel was superbly located and the staff and quality of facilities exceptional. The highlight was the rooftop pool and terrace, complimented with live music. We enjoyed a Mexican fusion meal in a courtyard with a fountain in which were swimming turtles the size of side plates. We can’t wait for tomortow to further explore the area. Then we move on up the coast to Cambria and Hearst Castle.




After the Getty museum we headed to Santa Monica beach and Pier. What at first looked like a trans-Antlantic version of Blackpool in time turned into a very atmospheric venue for people watching and shopping! The highlight was the band playing on the end of the pier and watching the sun go down over the Santa Monica hills.