venerdì 25 settembre 2009

ON THE ROAD #6 – Paso Robles-Big Sur-Monterey - 220km

Best Western is always the best choice: swimming pool, 5$ coupon discount on the breakfast in the front Cafè – homemade style -, computer in the lobby, free coffee and apples... Speaking to the receptionist, I discover that Paso Roble is a wine country, not so famous as Napa Valley in the north of S. Francisco, “but it will be as famous as Napa in the next 10 years”, they say.
As a Best Western receptionist, she gives us a lot of coupons to go visit wineries and to taste wine. So, after swimming and having our great breakfast, we go straight to two wineries not so far from the motel.
The considerable one is Justin, a little winery in the middle of the hills, where we try 5 wines of increasing gradation, that give us the right mood to continue the trip, obviously without having lunch.
Our next stop will be Big Sur, on the west coast, reachable with C-1, one of the most panoramic road of U.S.A.: a long coast with cliffs that offers a wild scenario, with deers roadside, looking at you with such big Bamby eyes, and handsome man surfing, not looking at you even for a glance...
Reached our goal, we realize that Big Sur is not a city, not even a small town to visit, but it is a place to pass through, with its little restaurants and lodges on the coast, including the one in which Orson Wells spent his honey moon with Rita Hayworth.
The small towns to visit are Carmel, a really showcase town, full of luxury shops and restaurants that we visit by night, and Monterey, where we decide to spend the night.
The dinner is seafood, in a very nice Seafood and Market where they sell fish and prepare seafood dishes. We take skewer fish, swordfish and halibut, everything too much cooked and sauce covered, but savory.

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