THE GETTY VILLA AND TRAFFIC JAMS
16.06.2012 - 16.06.2012 20 °C
We left Santa Barbara about 9am and drove 2 hours to the Getty Villa in Pacific Pallisades (near Malibu). The Villa collection has 44,000 Greek, Roman, and Etruscan antiquities dating from 6,500 BC to 400 AD. Admission is free but if you're driving there, you must book online or by phone in advance (I just booked the day before) and pay a $15 parking fee. If you catch a bus or walk in there is no charge at all
From there, we were heading for Laguna Beach or Del Mar but the traffic on Highway 73 down to Laguna had traffic back to the exit off Highway 405' that's the 4 miles into Laguna! So we got back on 405 and got a few miles onto Interstate 5 towards Del Mar and San Diego and then came to a halt - 6 lanes north and 6 lanes south completely full. We struggled on a few miles then decided to get back on Highway 1/101 into Carlsbad. We found a great hotel right on the beach (Beach Terrace Inn) and doubt we will head any further south. Apparently the road is like this every Saturday! I don't know where everyone is going - maybe Mexico, maybe San Diego but it's not that big a city
And finally, there is this myth that southern California is sunny and wonderful all of the time. Well San Francisco in the north was sunny but you can never swim in the sea. Coming south we thought we might be able to swim at Carmel - nice weather but cool and no swimming. Then we thought Santa Barbara would be the place, but the weather in June is so foggy that it doesn't burn off until 3pm or 6pm or 8pm and I'm not sure how much swimming could be done even in July or August. Now we are just 30 miles or so from the Mexican border and still the water is freezing and the sky completely overcast. Acapulco sounds nice!