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Monterrey (US) to Manchester (UK)

Well we have now reached the final leg of our wonderful road trip. We are in Monterrey Bay (spell check is insisting that it should be double r here but I am not convinced).

I have not mentioned Mary Lou our sat nav (GPS) recently because she has been very good and just getting us places but over the next two days, she comes into her own and is well, Inspired and Bold! Even the car with no name has not been loosing herself in car parks- mostly because in Barstow we lost her after dinner for 10 minutes in the dark and after that parked in places we could make a note of and not forget.

By now we were feeling pretty tired. I certainly was suffering from motel fatigue,i.e. all motels were looking the same and merging into one. I have to say that the one we stayed in Monterrey was a cut above the others. It was cleaner and the managers were extremely pleasant and helpful. Effort had been made with flowers on the landings in hangings tubs etc. It was a bit disconcerting the first night as I took a shower- first I could the hear the Last Post ( naval college near by) and then surely not…sea lions? There was a sea life centre in Monterrey, was that it?

We loved Monterrey, on the second night we were there(Tuesday) there was a really good street market in the late afternoon. The most wonderful fruit and veggies- we treated ourselves to some strawberries, and would you believe it handmade knitted crafts and bags etc.

The light over the sea was just wonderful, an artists dream. Not certain my photos will do it justice, so you may just have to check it out for yourself! On our last proper day we took the 17 mile Drive to Carmel. There is one more ” Vertigo” location for you, I think we found the right spot.. hard to tell as Hitchcock, seems to have had a go at improving the place for artistic reasons.let me know what you think, if you are Vertigo fan.

As we sat near the beach in Carmel, it suddenly came to me why I had heard of it. Clint Eastwood and the ice creams I said. Pardon says Eric.Ice cream eating was banned in the streets or was it a bill board selling ice creams- there was a bye law or something and Clint Eastwood who lives here became mayor or something to fight it. Not quite certain of the actual details, but the gist is correct. Carmel did look pretty well healed and was well very pretty. You wouldn’t want it looking like Fisherman’s Wharf at Monterrey, I can see that…but I do like ice cream!

Anyway time for some pics

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See what I mean about the light

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And below is a timely reminder that we were on the St Andreas line and at risk…

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And here’s the explanation for the noise I heard in my shower..

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Can’t see them- let’s have another look

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That’s one of Eric’s photos. Here’s another which shows what I mean about the extraordinary light..

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And finally here is the last Vertigo location – the Lone Cyprus tree, where Madelaine provides more evidence of being possessed by Carlotta

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What do you think- is that the right place?I think so.

And so it is nearly the end. We miss a turning on our way home and Mary Lou is inspired- in we go to a college campus, round a few buildings , into a car park and back onto the road, virtually opposite our motel. Are we allowed to do that I ask. Well we just did!

And time to bid farewell to the car with no name

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Onto the last leg of our trip. We can’t face the freeway and opt for a leisurely drive up the coast, stopping at a delightful town called Half Moon Bay,how could it not be lovely with a name like that.

And so towards San Fransisco, and we miss the turning for our final motel… Oh Mary Lou, how could I have been so rude. She is magnificent- with great aplomb we find our selves directed towards the airport, through domestic arrivals and back out miraculously it seems to me on the right road in this junction to cap all spaghetti junctions! Not quite certain we are allowed to do this….

So this is nearly the end. Up betimes in the morning for the two flights home. 8am departure, 8am arrival in Manchester, home again on Friday afternoon.

Home to a big pile of mail on the doorstep, to cold and rain, to two big suitcases of washing, to lots of memories of the most wonderful holiday ever, to my dear Dad, to my boys and to my Mum, and

I DO NOT BELIEVE THIS- HOW COULD THEY HAVE SURVIVED WITHOUT ME OR ANYONE LOOKING AFTER THEM?

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Tomato soup anyone?

As always all comments welcome. Normal posts will resume.

to be continued…Next Year says Eric

 

 

 

 

California Dreams….and a bit of Arizona!

It is great to be back home… We had a fantastic trip and my head is brimming with images, people, places, scenery, new experiences,thoughts, ideas, creativity. It has been a simply wonderful experience The jet lag has set in, there are two suitcases of washing to do and normal life awaits, but I can’t wait anymore to start writing about this trip!

Four years ago we visited San Fransisco, Yosemite and Lake Tahoe. We only had ten days and vowed to come back for longer. Unfortunately Eric got cancer, but after treatment made a full recovery and we started saving for the trip! Both of us have milestone birthdays this year- he has already passed the day, mine is still to come, so it seemed right that this should be the year for this adventure.

So our first port of call was San Fransisco. Last time we came we had bought an outfit for the then baby Master H from Macy’s so it was only right and proper to buy one for Master T this time. So we began with coffee in Union Square and the trip to Macy’s.

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Eric loves the film Vertigo  which Hitchcock filmed in California to show case the state. We had visited most of the locations on our first visit- this time the plan was to visit the remaining ones. So the next stop was to the Legion of Honor. A lovely art gallery- with rather a nice Monet- waterlillies.

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For Vertigo fans- we found the pillars from which Madelaine is seen gazing at the picture of Carlotta, but there is no such portrait!

No visit to any city is complete without a great deal of pavement (sidewalks- I gather pavement means road in the US) pounding, and oh boy are the streets in San Fransisco something else!

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See what I mean. These first three pictures were taken by Eric, on his new birthday present. The rest are taken by me on a slightly inferior camera but one that meets my needs. Anyway off we go again.

Last we visited this row of houses called the Painted Ladies and loved them so much we just had to come back. They are so pretty, and by the time we got there the infamous fog had lifted and the sun was shining and people were out with their dogs, and sitting on the grass and just chilling!

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Eric is also just a tad obsessed with the Golden Gate bridge and one thing we really wanted to do was to take a boat trip round the Bay and under the bridge. So here we are waiting to go.

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And here is the Bridge, the fog descended just after the trip began, and this is the best photo I took!

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Now as it happens I quite liked the fog, because whilst there is a fog there is also a fog horn which makes a rather a mournful noise and is rather atmospheric. Don’t worry Eric says I am weird too if that’s what you are thinking.

The trip round the Bay takes you to Alcatraz ( we went there last time, and it was a pretty amazing place and I would not have liked to be there)

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And San Fransisco looks so very lovely from the sea, can you imagine what it must have been like to be so close and so far away, if incarcerated in Alcatraz- apparently the inmates could hear the noises from the city.

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And so the boat goes to Golden Gate Bridge and under it and round back again, and this is my best closer up picture.

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And finally it is back to Fisherman’s Wharf and Pier 39, where we delighted to find that there were still these guys in residence- we had heard they had gone and we were so thrilled to see them here.

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And of course the sun had come out again

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I didn’t actually take this picture, but it is my camera. Anyway the sun was out again and the sea looked just perfect.

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And so it was onto the next stage of our adventure- The Road Trip. And as we collect the car from the airport ( cheaper from the airport rather than in town—Why?) Eric says it has always been his ambition to drive over Golden Gate Bridge- WHY? I said he was a tad obsessed didn’t I? What he didn’t realise was that first it entailed driving through San Fransisco-

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AAAGH! Scary or what! And so onto the bridge and over! And then the sat nav sets in- now we could have had a car with one fitted but Eric has downloaded a free one to his phone. There was a really good reason why MaryLou was free- she gets lost, and where did she get lost for the first time- coming over the bridge, and what does she do, but gets us back on the Bridge going back into the city. But Marylou is a resourceful  satnav lady and after we have paid the toll ( you only pay in one direction) she takes us through the Golden Gate car park and up onto the Bridge again- so yup that’s right we drove it 3 TIMES.

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And so we were finally on our way.

PS Eric says he doesn’t need to drive over the Golden Gate Bridge any more.

to be continued…

Love to have any comments or questions, which I will reply to.

 

 

 

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