Category: Destination Updates

Big Sur’s “Heartbreak Road”

Big Sur’s “Heartbreak Road”

A half-century ago, in 1967, San Francisco experienced the “Summer of Love.”

A year later, I lived through a personal “summer of love” when on nearly every weekend from June through August I drove California’s scenic and fabled Highway from Monterey, through Big Sur, and down to Pacific Valley to see my girlfriend who was working as a summer hire for the U.S. Forest Service.

While you’ll be able to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the “Summer of Love” this year in San Francisco, mud and rock slides and damage to a bridge on coastal Highway 1 means that you won’t be able to “do” the drive down the entire Big Sur coast south from Monterey as in years past.

(Davide D’Amico Flickr Photo)

But the good news is that enough of the road is open at its northern and southern ends to provide ample things to see and do in this part of California.

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Living It Up in Lively London

Living It Up in Lively London

As this hyperlapse video shows, London is a vibrant city.

(Welcome to London – A Short Hyperlapse Film (UHD – 4K) from Mattia Bicchi Photography on Vimeo.)

Of course, in “real time,” the pace in the United Kingdom’s capital city is just a wee bit more sedate.

If your timing is right, you can be “Queen For A Day” and go on a “Royal Day Out.”

# 5 – Throne Room, Buckingham Palace (Derry Moore Photo)

And you can “shop until you drop” there.

And, as we explained last year in a series of stories about travel to Europe, London is a great place to begin a trip to that part of the world.

(London was the starting and ending points for two month-long trips across Europe by Tales Told From The Road editor, Dick Jordan.)

 

Preserving Pismo’s Scenic Ridgelands

Preserving Pismo’s Scenic Ridgelands

For Northern Californians, Pismo Beach, about 180 miles north of Los Angeles, is an eclectic little town that offers a convenient and scenic stopping point along Highway 101 for breaking up one long day’s drive to Greater L.A. into a more manageable and less stressful two-day trip.

But what most travelers don’t know, is that the ridgelands above the town will eventually turn Pismo Beach into a nature-lover’s destination, not just a road warrior’s respite.

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