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14 Sep

Oh Wow!  We had such a great trip to California!  I was so sad to leave and it will take about a week till I readjust to Switzerland. I really really miss living in the US. Our trip was composed of 4 mini trips.  We stayed three nights in Healdsburg (Sonoma Valley), four nights in San Francisco, three nights driving down the Pacific Coast Highway, which included:  Monterey, Pebble Beach, Carmel by the Sea,  Big Sur, Hearst Castle, San Simeon, San Luis Obispo, Solvang (The Danish Capital in the US) and Santa Barbara. Finally, with the last three night in Los Angeles visiting my three wonderful brothers! Unfortunately, I lost my camera on the first day.  I grabbed it from the hotel room to take on our trip to the Armstrong Redwood Forest and when we arrived at the forest, the camera was no where to be found. 😦

The Highlights of the trip…

  • An eight course tasting menu at the the 2 Michelin Starred Cyrus restaurant in Healdsburg.  Christian and I are no strangers to tasting menus but this one far surpassed any others we’ve had.
  • The redwoods. Walking between these huge trees was so peaceful and surreal. I could’ve stayed there for hours.
  • Alcatraz.  I usually bore quickly on tours but this self-guided audio tour held my attention the whole time.

    Mom and Dad before our Alcatraz tour

  • The Pacific Coast Highway and Big Sur.  I had no idea this drive would be so consistently beautiful for such a long distance.  And the beauty was much greater than I had anticipated.  I think every American should make this drive.
  • The Hearst Castle. Wow.  
  • The Magic Castle.  This is one of the most memorable experiences I’ve ever had.  The Magic Castle is a big castle, consisting of winding corridors and nostalgic magic themed memorabilia.   You can eat dinner there but the main attraction is magic.  There are many different magicians performing throughout the evening, at different times, in different rooms.  It is a members only club. Luckily, my brother, Chris’s girlfriend is a member.    http://magiccastle.com/
  • Tchaikovsky spectacular at the Hollywood Bowl with fireworks. This was such a beautiful night. We had a picnic under the nearly full moon while being moved (some of us to tears.   No, not me 😉  ) by the beautiful orchestra.
  • Huntington Botanical Garden in Pasadena
  • A hike with Greg and Christian at Runyon Canyon Park
  • Immense amounts of baby shopping!! Including my Uppababy Vista Stroller!!!!
  • Chris, Eric and Christian also enjoyed a bike ride at the Manhattan Beach. They seemed to really enjoy themselves and came back all smiles!  I of course, had to refrain.

    Christian, Eric and Chris before their bike ride

  • Dinner at Lucques the last night.
  • Christian and I were also asked to give some of our opinions on who should do the chores around the house in a marriage for the Dr. Phil Show.  That was wildly unexpected and who knows if it will ever air or if they will twist our words around 😉
  • The BEST part of the trip was spending time with my family (minus Sherri, Joe, Greta and Miles).  We all wish you could’ve been there!

Eric, Me and Christian getting Donuts!

Here’s a photo of my Uppababy Vista. I’m only slightly obsessed with it.  It also has a toddler seat but I won’t be needing that for a while.