|Union Square in festive lights|
We spend the time between the holidays and the New Year traveling the West Coast, showing our younger set of kids the beauty of coastal California. It was a huge success and apart from the cities we saw, the landscape impressed us the most!Of course I could not get enough on camera....
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|Looking at Alcatraz|
There was the crossing of the Golden Gate Bridge towards Sausalito, San Francisco and the Redwoods.....
|Golden Gate Bridge behind Fort Mason|
|My family in the misty light!|
|I love that view!|
|Palm trees at Fort Mason Park|
We spend the Christmas Day in San Francisco, walking an exploring. The weather was glorious!We squeezed in a visit to the zoo and traveled by tram and cable car up and down the streets of the city!
|Good natured Giraffe|
|View from the Cable Car|
|Small SF town houses like from a fairy tale|
|We finally reached the shore of the Pacific|
We left the city behind after three days and were on our way south on Highway Nr.1 towards Monterey Bay, Carmel, Point Lobos and Big Sur!
|The coast was wild and mysterious|
|A golden light flooded everything|
|Every turn brought new vistas|
|And the sunsets were spectacular|
If the journey had only consisted of the tour along the coast, I would have been very happy. It is one of the most beautiful stretches of beach anywhere I have been so far!
|Exploring Point Lobos near Carmel-by-the-Sea|
|Watching a sea otter play|
|Seals were basking in the sun.|
|Our daughter is a talented photographer|
|There was nothing more wonderful the the warmth of the sun and the amazing light|
|Our son in awe of nature|
|May he remember forever|
From here we visited the Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park,
filled with redwoods and waterfalls, gorgeous vistas and deep canyons.
This will be a part of tomorrow's post.
No need to overwhelm you all with pictures.
As a look at them again, I feel how, when I travel, the impressions rush by and only from a distance I am able to
recognize all I have received. The impressions seem to imprint themselves a little later in my mind and now again I can feel the sun and wind in my face, hear the cries of the birds and the barks of the seals on the shores. I see again my children's delight and remember the moments of quiet contemplation with my husband by my side.
|Wonderful days together|
My daughter has become on this journey a photographer with a passion. She explored nature with her camera and walked with me for hours in the forest.
The youngest was his father's companion, joining him on a special father - son trip to Carmel.
California is beautiful!
PS: I can report, we managed to travel light, only with each a carry - on and a handbag/backpack. The most restrained travel and yet we had enough for 9 days.
It was a squeeze at the air plane, but we managed. Air travel has become difficult to say the least, and charging passengers $ 25 per single luggage stops one from becoming overindulgent.
All images by V. Zlotkowski