Santa Monica

California Road Trip - Santa Monica by Philip Swallow

(Originally posted to Facebook on June 19, 2019)

Ok, so this is kinda obvious but the resorts, towns, cities -pretty much everything over here are huge! The seaside resorts near San Clemente were all large, certainly by UK and European standards. 

We had so much fun catching up with my buddy Andy and his wife, Laura. The banter was flying and it was a shame to say goodbye on Monday evening. We will keep in touch thanks to modern technology, and look forward to our next get-together.

We are now in our 8th and final stay, at a B&B in Santa Monica. We drove up “the 1” (Highway One/The Pacific Coast Highway) rather than use the Interstates as we wanted to see things a bit closer. We travelled through some nice resort towns (think Bognor Regis on steroids!) and at Long Beach the huge port area was like a city in its own right. And arriving at Santa Monica this is also a large city rather than another LA borough - huge!!

On the way up we stopped at Costa Mesa to visit photographer John Glover at his studio. John is a fellow member and Mentor on Peter Hurley’s Headshot Crew and it broke up the journey nicely. John is a top guy and it was great of him to give up some time for Sue and I. 

We had a bracing walk to Santa Monica Pier this evening and a nice meal of fish & chips US-style. A cab back was required, indeed recommended.

We have two more full days of being holidaymakers then it is back home via an overnight flight on Friday to Saturday. We have enjoyed every minute of this trip!