Santa Monica & Santa Barbara
Our journey started in Santa Monica, a city which never sleeps, with lights and loud music in the air.
This is were we admired the first mesmerizing sunset on the beach. A prediction of a beautiful journey.
The second day, while driving proudly in our black Mustang, we went by Santa Barbara and its fisherman shore. There, in the warmth of the sun, we walked along the harbor and the beach.
Together, surrounded by the deep blue of the landscape, we enjoyed the strong smell of exotic flowers.
Back on the road!
We stumbled upon a location with a turquoise reservoir in the middle of barren hills, the Lake Cachuma.
Then, we crossed some sunny wine fields to finish our day at a famous rock in the sea, where some otters use to sing under the setting sun: Morro Bay.
The sunset was incredibly long and colorful. Each time I thought the colors would fade, it became even more stronger and breathtaking.
Our journey continued...
The Highway 1 is one of the most famous roads, known for the beautiful vistas on the ocean.
I wanted to stop at each of them, to admire, breath, meditate.
We reached the McWay Falls under a blue sky, when suddenly some mist appeared in front of us.
It started to cover the coast, like if clouds would descend on Earth. Absolutely mesmerizing.
After tons of pictures, we finally reached our last destination of the day: Carmel-by-the-Sea.
The landscape was envelopped by warm and gold colors, and then a giant wave of mist set the end of the day.
Nearing the end of our travel, we went to the beautiful city of San Francisco and drove over the Golden Gate to enjoy the sun at Sausalito.
After a nice lunch at the coast, we sauntered back into the wildness.
Muir Wood National Monument is one of my favorite places in the area.
As dear John Muir said, “In every walk with Nature one receives far more than he seeks.”
This forest is magical. Each corner reveals secrets for those who dare to observe and admire it.
We could have been walking for hours in this beautiful woodland, but I wanted to reach our final location before the dusk.
The incredible Mount Tamalpais dominates the area and offers a breathtaking view on the bay and the ocean.
We sat there under a giant oak tree for hours, looking at the sun slowing fading into the dark, in silence.
Such an incredible peaceful moment.
We explored differents districts of San Francisco: from Chinatown to Union Square. We visited the Golden Gate Park where exotic gardens can be found.
For our last hike, we went to Twin Peaks. As a last gift, we had the chance to watch the warm and gold sunset in awe.
From the first day to the last, our journey was accompagned by turquoise skies and seas, golden hills and sunsets.
It was an unforgettable experience. A travel that allowed us to disconnect from our daily life and let us dream for more.
Raphaelle Monvoisin is a French photographer based in Reykjavík, Iceland.
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RAPHAELLE MONVOISIN — Photographer, wanderer and storyteller based in Paris, France
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