On Monday Mr. Tennis and I took the train from Los Angeles to Santa Barbara. As if that wasn't exciting enough, the beautiful Union Station in downton LA was worth a trip to see in itself. I will let the pictures speak for themselves:
We boarded this very special Amtrak train and were so pleasantly surprised by how clean, spacious and comfortable it was, A great way to travel,
We arrived in Santa Barbara in about 2 hours.
Checked into our lovely hotel, The Franciscan.
Took a tourist shot on the beach, complete with out-take - timer error - hey, I never said I was perfect!
Went for a nice dinner at a local joint where we felt some homesickness when spying this sweet painting.
A nice day indeed.
I have some video from the train trip that hopefully gives an essence of the wonderful coastal views we had from our train window. My internet connection at the hotel is very slow to upload pictures so I'm not sure how many posts I will do from Santa Barbara, but I will do my best! I'm also including a video we shot of Mr. Stanley at the Laurel Canyon Dog Park. He is usually such a mild-mannered gentleman, but really got into the fracas, much to our amusement.
So, first some train ride footage:
And then some Stanley footage for the truly amusement-starved amongst you:
We look forward to enjoying the zoo, a sunset sailboat ride and a whale watching tour in the next couple of days. Then we head back on the train to LA and drive down to Seal Beach to meet up with all the kids and Mr. Stan. Also looking forward to visiting my blogosphere friend Sue, she and her family run a wonderful store that I so want to visit. You can take a look at her blog here. She posts almost everyday even though she is an extremely busy business woman running Country Roads Antiques. Hope to see you soon Sue!