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Pacific Coast Highway Stop 2: Monterey

We left San Francisco early and got our first real glimpse of the PCH in all it’s glory!!  It was a stunning drive, we drove past so many beaches on the way out of San Fran not something I’d ever associated with NoCal before.

We got to Monterey early evening after a few stops along the way to take photos of the glorious scenery, after checking in to our hotel we went for a wonder down to Old Fisherman’s wharf to find some food and see what Monterey was all about.

This was both of our first times in Monterey and after San Fran felt much more like we were on holiday.  We had dinner in a restaurant with amazing views out over the marina where the cutest little otter was swimming around.  All in all a great start to our couple of days in Monterey.

Next morning we headed to aquarium – because when in Monterey go to the aquarium – it was fascinating there was a massive exhibit(?) on jelly fish I had no idea there were so many different types!! Although the highlights had to be finding Dory, the Otters (so cute) and watching the penguins swim under water it was so cool!!

We wandered back into town via the Cannery row, Monterey was famous for sardines once upon a time.  There were some cool shops and monuments dedicated to all the factory workers.

That afternoon we went into Carmel which is the next city over, it’s beautiful like stepping back in time it’s a complete time warp so quaint with some lovely vintage shops and a stunning beach.  Just a shame it wasn’t quite warm enough to go for a swim.

The famous 17 mile Pebble Beach connects Carmel to Monterey so we drove back that way and saw some amazing beaches and massive houses was an insight into how the other half live.

The next day we left Monterey and head down to Pismo Beach stop 3 on our trip.

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Pacific Coast Highway – Stop 1 – San Francisco 

I’ve been extremely lax in updating this blog about the adventures I’ve been having whilst in NZ.  To make it up to you I’m finally getting around to blogging about my recent PCH (Pacific Coast Highway in California) road trip for those of you who follow me on Inst (86Kates) or Twitter (@justagirl08) here are the stories behind the pictures.

As little background information I did this two week road trip with my wonderful Mummy who I hadn’t seen since April last year.  She flew in from London, I flew in from Wellington and it was so lovely to see her and felt like no time had past It was also my Mum’s second time doing this particular road trip she and my Grandma had done it in the 80s so for her it was interesting to see how things had changed in 30 year.

We had 3 nights in San Francisco so our first full day was spent shopping – when in America – we hit all the Union Square shops and got some good bargains in the morning.  Then we sent the afternoon down at Fisherman’s Wharf which was heaving, this was my third trip to San Fran and I had never seen it so busy down there. It was obviously a lot busier than my Mum remembered but we still had a good wonder, saw the Sea Lions and my mum tried some of the Clam Chowder (I don’t eat meat or fish).

Our second and last full day in San Fran we got our tourist on and did an open top tour of the city, to get around as I wanted to do the bridge and my Mum wanted to go to Sausalito a city just over the bridge where we stopped and had a coffee.  It was a really fun day we got to learn a bit more about the city drive over the Golden Gate bridge and see Sausalito which is a beautiful little city just the other side of the bridge, where you get stunning views over the bay to San Fran, and obviously not forgetting ‘The Rock’ that is clearly visible in the middle of the bay.

Our next stop was Monterey.