Having left Hearst Castle in the rear mirror and now well and truly on the road, our next stop was stunning Big Sur where we’d stay for the next three days. For this post, I’ve handed the writing reins over to my hubby Mark. Enjoy this amazing extensive review!
What people commonly refer to as Big Sur is a strip of coast that stretches from San Simeon in the south to Carmel in the north. The ‘park’ offers plenty to see within its bounds – state parks, rugged coastline, majestic redwoods, fine restaurants and the odd beach or two to soak your feet at – but the highlight is the voyage through itself, with each minor stop contributing to your ‘Big Sur’ experience.
October – November: Had my first Messina ice cream in Windsor | Trekked over to the north side for some fun at Home-Work market | Finally tried the super sweet All Day Donuts | Checked out the ‘I’d letterpress the shit out of that’ exhibition at the Work-Shop | Drooled over the amazing Bistro Morgan’s donuts – handmade by a 14 year old! | Discovered a new walking trail | Visited the stunning Melbourne School of Design building – especially loved the red room | Picked cherries in Bacchus Marsh | Blown away (literally, it was really windy!) by this years bigger and better Night Noodle Markets.
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When I was in New York in September this year, I was delighted to discover Wayne Thiebaud‘s artwork at the Whitney muesum. I love he’s use of bright colours for highlights and thick paint strokes that look like delicious layers of icing. I couldn’t resist buying this print of ‘pie encounter‘ for my kitchen.
Check out more of his delicious work here and if you’re in New York, visit the awesome Whitney muesum and Wayne Thiebaud‘s artwork, it’s stunning to see in real life.
Next stop on our US holiday was Hearst Castle, in San Simeon. We arrived for the last tour of the day, catching the late California sunshine on this immense 1950’s creation. The castle certainly impresses, with its expansive 165 rooms, two olympic sized swimming pools and 127 acres of gardens with breathtaking views of the Californian coast.
The regulation ‘walk-in-a-neat-line’ interiors tour is mandatory, but most people just go to stroll the exterior grounds afterwards (which is really the best part).
A really great end to our first day on the road to Big Sur.
Photography by Monique and Mark Welker
We took a short drive to Bacchus Marsh today – about 50 minutes from Melbourne – for some cherry picking at Paynes Orchard in the sunshine. Our reward: two sweet cherry tarts for dessert.
The strawberry and cherry weekend continues tomorrow, so check it out! More about it here.