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San Diego

32°42' 57" N 117°9' 40" W San Diego

Nov 12, 2014  –  by Maeva

Back to me for the blog posts! After quite some time spent on my personal illustration project, I’m writing again for our little blog.

We arrived in San Diego, the last big city before the Mexican border, the last big city on the West Coast, the last big city in California. It wasn’t the same as other important cities we stopped by earlier on our road trip because this time we didn’t know anyone and had never been there. In all honesty, we were not taken aback by the city in itself. When we looked up things to do, it focused mainly on zoos, safaris, aquarium, sea world and things like this. We’re not into watching animals in cages so we stuck to what we knew: food, surf, longboard and movies. You’ll agree it doesn’t get better than this!

We did make a stop at Coronado Island, taking the high bridge for a nice view of the downtown on the other side. The island mainly consists in residential homes, airforce bases and a beach. After spending some time in the sun, we were craving frozen yogurt – no surprise here! We decided to mix things up and give Pinkberry a shot. It wasn’t as satisfying as Yogurtland we have to admit, especially because you don’t get to make your own… I mean, come on.

Steph and Maeva in front of San Diego skyline
Steph and Maeva in front of San Diego skyline
San Diego skyline
San Diego skyline
Pinkberry bowl in San Diego
Pinkberry bowl in San Diego
Maeva wearing Herschel in Herschel street
Maeva wearing Herschel in Herschel street

A very famous spot around San Diego is La Jolla, a great area perched on the cliffs along the ocean. It made the perfect place to go longboarding and watch some seals and paddle boarders struggling to take waves in the bright turquoise ocean. We were totally feelin’ it with our longboards, shorts and California hairstyles (=messy blonde salty sandy hair)!

La Jolla cliffs
La Jolla cliffs
Beautiful beach at La Jolla
Beautiful beach at La Jolla
Seagull at La Jolla
Seagull at La Jolla
La Jolla ocean view
La Jolla ocean view

We knew this would be one of our final stops on the West Coast so we jumped at the occasion of watching another double-feature at the drive-in. This one had 3 screens (fancy!) so you got to choose your theme: horror (HELL NO), cartoons or action. Obviously, we took action! We watched John Wick, which is basically the worst movie ever in terms of story – it’s just Keanu Reeves, fight, after fight, after fight, after fight. B-o-r-i-n-g. The Matrix days really are over… Right after followed Dracula Untold. Well, the story isn’t much better but it can always be fun to watch vampires fighting and biting each other right? Okay fine, I’ll admit it, Steph was asleep at the back. At least we had popcorn!

But what is San Diego most famous for? Take a wild guess. Surf of course! Steph knew he had to make the most of his time there as we were soon going to head inside the U.S. far from the ocean and his beloved waves. The good surf spots were Sunset Cliffs and Black Beach. The sunset perched on those cliffs was truly mesmerizing as crowds gathered to watch the fearless surfers paddling under the dark orange colours of nightfall.

Sunset Cliffs in San Diego
Sunset Cliffs in San Diego
Sunset in Sunset Cliffs in San Diego
Sunset in Sunset Cliffs in San Diego

We were just about to drive back up the coast to start part 2 of the trip: National Parks and driving to the East Coast. So we agreed a new fast food was in order and found the closes Five Guys. Now, if you don’t know Five Guys, you will be eternally grateful for this post. If you do, you know why we’re saying that. The concept? Just burgers and fries. A simple menu and fresh products. Everything made right as you order it. As soon as we took our first bite, we knew this restaurant had jumped right on top of our fast food ranking. The simple things are the best things. Their red and white decoration with vintage articles related to their business and burgers in general is nice plus! Right after, we treated ourselves to our second real movie theatre to watch the very unique Birdman. Now once again guys, GO SEE IT. It unites some of the most iconic actors of different generations: Michael Keaton, Edward Norton, Emma Stone, Naomi Watts, etc. to create a black comedy exploring the world of actors, self-image and creation. We won’t say more, just go see it. Like now.

The Sunset Drive-In

35°15' 30" N 120°40' 20" W Sunset Drive-In

Oct 26, 2014  –  by Maeva

This is just a tiny post, but about one of the coolest things we stopped to do on the coast in San Luis Obispo.
The DRIVE-IN!! An giant outdoor screen, parking spots, a radio station and an old school pop corn bar: the American dream.

We opted for the double feature of the night along with the large popcorn (with a free refill). The movies were not the ones we would have gone for normally, but we can’t really choose when it’s just one screen. So we devoured our popcorn comfortably sitting in our little van and watched “Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day”, the typical feel good family Disney movie. That would explain all the kids around us! The second movie was the animated film “Boxtrolls” and was actually a very pleasant surprise: a 3D stop motion fantasy movie with one of a kind art direction and sweet characters. For movie addicts like us, finally being able to enjoy some movies in such a cool setting was so enjoyable!

Verdict? Drive-in’s are AWESOME. More more more!!

Sunset Drive-In in San Luis Obispo
Sunset Drive-In in San Luis Obispo