california, on the road8/02/2012
A few days ago, Donald and I took a break from busy summer days and went on a mini California road trip. We live about an hour away from Santa Barbara, so we like to visit frequently to escape city life. We felt slightly more adventurous this time and decided to drive further north into the mountains; to explore hidden lakes, rolling vineyards, and a Danish-influenced city.
Our first stop was in Solvang, a city we both have visited before, but we wanted to enjoy some of the kitsch and have a nice stroll through the tree-lined streets. The reason there's a Danish city in Southern California is because a few Danes purchased the land in the early 1900s, and tried to create a colony. There are many homages to Denmark in the architecture, and references to Hans Christian Anderson of course!
I could have stayed there all day, especially at the year-round Christmas shop (best idea ever) where there were endless wooden dolls. After Solvang, we had dinner at a quiet vineyard in Santa Ynez. I took no photos since I wanted to enjoy the perfect summer evening. Then Donald suggested that we drive back to Santa Barbara for ice cream. He's a keeper indeed!
Sigh, such a pretty city with the best atmosphere. We ate gelato on the steps of the beautiful Santa Barbara courthouse, and then drove home, alongside the foggy ocean at night. As much as I love going to foreign lands, nothing beats a relaxing California day.
Just a small mention - the winner of the shabby apple gift card was Emily, and Livia won the sunglasses. Both were selected using a random number generator! x