I’ve been away from the blog for too long!
I’m very sorry. I’m going to try not to do that again.
We were in California last week. But that’s no excuse. There was much to write about from there. I’m going to start with Castroville, the artichoke center of the world. Did you ever? What? You've been there? Why didn't anyone tell me about this?
One of the stunning things about California is how different it is as you drive north. We landed in Santa Barbara, which equates to paradise visually. We drove north to the central coast region – to San Luis Obispo and the Solvang wine country area, where the movie “Sideways” was filmed.
This part of California is gloriously beautiful! More on that later.
We continued north to Monterey and Big Sur.
More on that later too, come to think of it.
On the way to Monterey, we passed through Castroville. All I could think about was John Steinbeck and his novels that were set in this region: East of Eden, Cannery Row, and countless others.
A treasure trove of info on all things Steinbeck is here.
I discovered a beautiful website about the yearly festival. Look at the cool posters! I must get one. I'm off to decide which one. Don't miss the recipe part of that website either.