Monterey & Big Sur & places south!

When we left San Jose in early December 2013, we decided to spend a little time in one of our favourite areas, Monterey and Big Sur – the beautiful coastline south of Monterey and Carmel.  So we booked a couple of nights in Monterey and visited the aquarium, one last time. Then we wandered slowly down the Big Sur coast, stopping to enjoy the amazing scenery. We were lucky that at this time of year, some of the elephant seals are around on San Simeon beach, near Hearst Castle. They’re always fun to watch.

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After spending a night in the small town of Cambria, in our first airbnb experience (more on this in another post!) we continued south to Topanga Canyon, just north of Los Angeles. We had booked to stay a night in another airbnb rental.

This one was in a sort of artistic community run by a man called David, who sometimes goes by Delight. We drove into the canyon, turned off the road as directed, followed the blue Christmas lights, and were in the community! Trailers, pink cottages, tumbledown and partly built rooms, houses and whatnot. We got the guided tour by David, who proudly showed us the outdoor tub he’s planning to hook up for one of the cabins. Our little home was a living room, small bedroom, bathroom and small kitchen. Everything we needed and more, for just one night! The air was clear and fresh, we enjoyed walking around the property, and chatting with the interesting people living there. That was an experience!

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