Central Coast

Our next destination lied 3 hours away from Napa, in the spectacularly stunning Californian Central Coast.

We got to our hotel in Monterey in the late afternoon, and the first place we went that same afternoon was the great 17-Mile-Drive!

Nosso proximo destino era a três horas de Napa, na costa central da California.

Chegamos em nosso hotel em Monterey no final da tarde, e fomos direto passear na 17-Mile-Drive!

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This is a scenic drive which on the Monterey Peninsula, which passes through famous golf courses, mansions and other attractions through the Pacific coast. One of these is the Lone Cypress.

A 17-Mile-Drive é uma estrada cênica na península de Monterey, que passa por campos de golfe famosos, mansões e outras atrações turísticas. Uma dessas atrações é o cipreste solitário.

IMGP3457This is species of tree called the Monterey Cypress is native to Cypress Point in Pebble Beach (pictured above) and Point Lobos near Carmel. This specific tree is over 250 years old, and has been called one of the most photographed trees in North America.

Essa espécie de árvore se chama Cipreste de Monterey, e so cresce no Cypress Point em Pebble Beach (foto acima) e Point Lobos perto de Carmel. Essa árvore especifica tem mais de 250 anos, e é uma das árvores mais fotografadas da América do Norte.

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lone cypress by night
and good morning, golden state!
and good morning, golden state!

Driving along the Pacific Coast Highway will have to have been one of my favorite memories from this already remarkable trip! Despite the freezing winds (even colder than San Francisco!), nothing felt more like summer than seeing the waves crashing against the rocks so many meters below me!

Um dos meus momentos preferidos dessa viagem incrível, foi passar pela Pacific Coast Highway! Apesar do vento gelado (mais frio ainda que em São Francisco!), as ondas batendo nas rochas lá embaixo parecia com um cartão postal do verão californiano!

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small people in big places
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picture perfect postacard
caminhos
caminhos

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Along the way, we discovered an picturesque little place to have lunch, and a surprise came with it.

No meio do caminho, descobrimos um lugarzinho super especial para almoçar, e veio com uma surpresa!

lunch with a friend
lunch with a friend

Behind the restaurant, we could see many trees, and when we looked closer, we could see some chairs in a flowing creek, where people would be sitting with their families, having a drink with their feet in the water.

Atrás do restaurante vimos muitas árvores, e quando olhamos com mais atenção, vimos umas cadeiras do lado de um riacho, com muitas pessoas sentadas com suas famílias, tomando suco com os pés na água.

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seek balance
seek balance

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The Big Sur River Inn and Restaurant is one of the most interesting places I’ve ever eaten at. Jay Pheneger purchased the 160-acre property in 1888. Barbara and Michael Pfeiffer bought it from him at the turn of the century, and their son took over the land in 1926. Ellen Brown, his daughter opened the inn in 1934, next to the dirt road that would soon become Highway One. Her daughter Esther and her husband Hans would eventually take over operations in 1943, and it was under their leadership that the Post Office and General Store were opened. The Inn has passed through the Crawford and Warcken families before landing in the hands of the Perlmutters in 1988, where it still is today.

Big Sur Inn and Restaurant é um dos lugares mais interessantes que eu já almoçei. Jay Pheneger comprou o terreno de 160 acres em 1888. Depois da virada do século, Barbara e Michael Pfeiffer compraram o terreno dele. O filho deles assumiu o terreno em 1926. Em 1934, a filha dele, Ellen Brown, abriu a pousada do lado da estrada de terra, que um dia se tornaria a Highway One. Sua filha e genro, Esther e Hans assumiram o controle em 1943, e a abriram o correio e a lojinha. A pousada já passou pelas famílias Crawford e Warcken, antes de chegar na família Perlmutter em 1988. Eles são os donos até hoje.

cloudy day in monterey
cloudy day in monterey

California’s pacific coast along the highway definitely reminded me of Australia’s Great Ocean Road, and even the little towns made me reminisce a little!

A costa da Califórnia na beira da estrada já é parecida com a Great Ocean Road da Austrália, e até as cidadezinhas são parecidas!

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jane austen at home

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I saw all sorts of fascinating store fronts, with the most creative of names, and even a time capsule! But I loved visiting the San Carlos Borroméo de Carmelo Mission. Pope John Paul II visited the church in 1987, and left a wreath over the grave of Junipero Serra, the mission’s founder.

Eu vi muitas fachadas de lojas lindas, com nomes super criativos, e até uma cápsula do tempo! Mas eu adorei visitar a Missão San Carlos Borroméo de Carmelo. O Papa João Paulo II visitou a igreja em 1987, deixou uma coroa de flores sobre o túmulo de Junipero Serra, o fundador da missão.

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San Carlos Borroméo de Carmelo Mission

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I loved getting to explore all around California’s central coast, but the very last place we went to on our road trip must have been the one I was most excited for! I don’t want to give it away, but the only hint I will give is that it was a 6 hour drive away! Try to guess ;)

Eu adorei passear pela costa central da Califórnia, mas o próximo (e último!) lugar que passamos na nossa viagem de carro foi o que eu estava mais animado para visitar! Não quero estragar a surpresa, então a única dica que eu vou dar, é que esse lugar fica a seis horas de carro de Monterey! Tentem adivinhar ;)

– Daniel

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