We started our fifth day of the trip by taking pictures with the famous Hollywood sign.
We then drove to Santa Barbara, where we ate lunch and went to the beach.
From Santa Barbara we drove to Solvang, a supposedly Danish village. It did look European, but the pastries were terrible.
The road from Solvang was really pretty. Mountains and vineyards surrounded us along the way. We had reached Morro Bay about five minutes before the sun disappeared into the ocean. The beautiful rock of Morro Bay was engulfed with beautiful colors, and the sounds of sea lions that cannot be heard through the photo.
After having dinner in Morro Bay, we drove to San Simeon where we spent the night. The next morning we drove to Hearst Castle. This unbelievable place looks just like a king’s castle from 500 years ago, but it belongs to no king. Rather, a very rich American person decided to build and decorate it. Unbelievable. The tour inside the castle was impressive, and I found the castle’s story quite bizzare.
Afterwards we went to see elephant seals a few kilometers north of San Simeon. It was en extraordinary experience. Those huge creatures mostly lie around on the beach and cover themselves with sand. They also fight or play from time to time.
We then headed north on beautiful Highway 1. The road goes so near the ocean on one side, and steep cliffs on the other. It’s mostly like driving through a postcard.
We then stopped at Point Lobos, a nice place along the way that has a few short hiking trails. We didn’t have a lot of time so we only did one of the trails.
We then drove to Palo Alto, and stayed with my friend Adi and his wife Orit. It was so great seeing them again!