Drive to Big Sur!

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We started early morning, packed some food and hit the road with a coffee on the go! It was a bright, sunny and perfect day to spend on the beach. If I had to ever choose between hiking in the mountains, walking in the forest, shopping in the city or relaxing on the beach – I will definitely choose the beach. This clearly shows how lazy I am!

I have always loved playing in the water, running in the sand, collecting shells, lying down on the beach and enjoying the sunshine. Out here, the water is always so freezing cold that I don’t get to enjoy it as much as I used to on Indian beaches.

Nevertheless, whenever we plan a drive to the beach, it’s an exciting day for me.

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On the way, we stopped for lunch in a very beautiful place. We had some ice cream before lunch (yeah I know! ) while I quickly played with my camera.

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The color of ocean, the beautiful rocks and the sound of waves – this is a beautiful world! The below pictures are taken by Arvind. He is amazing with landscape photography.

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So, have you ever been to Big Sur? What kind of places do you like to travel?

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  • Grishma @ZaikaZabardast
    Grishma @ZaikaZabardast
    May 10, 2012 at 10:23 PM

    You did it again babe! Beautiful pictures. And No I have never been to Big Sur ever! In fact, I heard about it for the first time!

  • Rosa
    May 10, 2012 at 11:20 PM

    Gorgeous clicks! A beautiful place.

    I’d love to visit the US, Scandinavia and go back to the UK…



    • Kankana Saxena
      Kankana Saxena
      May 11, 2012 at 10:18 AM

      Make a trip to CA, Bay Area! Would so love to meet you 🙂

  • Prerna@IndianSimmer
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    May 10, 2012 at 11:25 PM

    Big Sur and infact the whole of highway 1 (those 17 miles) is breathtaking and one of my favorite places in the US. I have some fond memories of sitting exactly at that spot from where you took a shot of the beach and sipping coffee with the love of my life. Those were the days 🙂
    Gorgeous shots babe. Love it!

    • Kankana Saxena
      Kankana Saxena
      May 11, 2012 at 10:19 AM

      Thanks dear! You can relive that memory you know, after A gets little free. The weather is so amazing these days .. just plan it 🙂

  • Sayantani
    May 10, 2012 at 11:41 PM

    gorgeous place and have never seen so many shades of blue in the sea.

  • Nandita
    May 10, 2012 at 11:46 PM

    Loved all the shots Kankana. I can’t wait to visit Big sur now 😉

  • love2dine
    May 10, 2012 at 11:52 PM

    excellent shots.

  • athena
    May 11, 2012 at 12:19 AM

    Kankana! You were so close to where I live… I actually shot that chocolate shop when I first moved here 😉 I’m hoping to drive down to Big Sur in the next few weeks. Did you guys go to the Big Sur Bakery?

    Beautiful pics.

    • Kankana Saxena
      Kankana Saxena
      May 11, 2012 at 10:21 AM

      No we didn’t had much time out there. Actually we got stuck in that place where we had lunch for about an hour and a half. There was some event happening on that day and the road was blocked!
      If only I knew that you stay close by to that area .. we could have planned to meet up 🙂

  • Spandana
    May 11, 2012 at 12:28 AM

    Beautiful pictures Kankana…loved the landscape pics by your husband!!!

  • Zee
    May 11, 2012 at 12:35 AM

    Amazing pictures! You guys certainly have an eye for beauty! 🙂

  • Eha
    May 11, 2012 at 12:48 AM

    Absolutely beautiful photography of one of US most scenic places, the colours of the water a joyful artistry of nature. Have been myself a few times, mostly with friends who took a quick look and repaired into quaint shops and interesting restaurants 😉 !

  • Sublime Palate
    Sublime Palate
    May 11, 2012 at 12:55 AM

    Hi Kankana, Beautiful pictures!! The shades of the sea look so rich and inviting. I’m sending your post to my younger sis who lives in SF too. Since I can’t be there, she can go there in case she hasn’t already done it.

    • Kankana Saxena
      Kankana Saxena
      May 11, 2012 at 10:22 AM

      Thanks dear 🙂 Yeah, your sis must visit now.. the weather is amazing .. warm and sunny!

  • myfudo
    May 11, 2012 at 1:18 AM

    Wonderful pictures! I am inspired to create cross stitch projects once again. Beautiful, beautiful!

  • Shri
    May 11, 2012 at 3:45 AM

    Beautiful pictures Kankana!
    We have not been to the west coast.
    Our Spring trips are nearer; we usually go for an annual spring picnic to the strawberry farms.

  • Jennifer (Delicieux)
    Jennifer (Delicieux)
    May 11, 2012 at 3:46 AM

    What gorgeous photos!! You really do have an eye for beautiful scenes. I love the colour of the water.

  • Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen
    Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen
    May 11, 2012 at 4:19 AM

    I’ve always wanted to visit and my husband and I were just talking about planning a weekend there sometime.

    • Kankana Saxena
      Kankana Saxena
      May 11, 2012 at 10:24 AM

      Oh yeah you should. It’s perfect for camping too!

  • Reem | Simply Reem
    Reem | Simply Reem
    May 11, 2012 at 4:22 AM

    Beautiful Kankana!!!
    I live like 10 minutes from beach and thats where u will usually find me on weekends… I Love It…
    Love Love ur photography!!

    • Kankana Saxena
      Kankana Saxena
      May 11, 2012 at 10:24 AM

      oh you lucky girl! The closest beach is like an hour and half drive 🙂

  • Jeno @ Week Nite Meals
    Jeno @ Week Nite Meals
    May 11, 2012 at 6:42 AM

    Kankana, wow! The photos are gorgeous! I’ve not been to Big Sur but this sure looks like heaven on earth!

  • Debjani
    May 11, 2012 at 7:32 AM

    You definitely speak through your lens as well. They are so perfectly placed on this page.
    The beaches here in Newfoundland, are cold and rocky which doesn’t make them much of a beach,nevertheless beautiful. The second last picture reminds me of a place here known as the ‘Mouse hole’.
    I look forward to more of your pictures.

    • Kankana Saxena
      Kankana Saxena
      May 11, 2012 at 10:25 AM

      Thanks 🙂 ‘Mouse hole’ that’s a funny name 😀

  • Deeps @ Naughty Curry
    Deeps @ Naughty Curry
    May 11, 2012 at 9:08 AM

    colour of the water is so pretty, love the pics (esp the windmill)… im a beach-lover too! 😀

  • Notyet100
    May 11, 2012 at 9:13 AM

    I luv such serene places,,:)!happy weekend,

  • Nami | Just One Cookbook
    Nami | Just One Cookbook
    May 11, 2012 at 10:15 AM

    I love going to Big Sur! Although I haven’t gone lately. You two take amazing pictures. The weather has been so nice and definitely need to plan to visit again. I love how you played with the photographs – really beautiful.

    • Kankana Saxena
      Kankana Saxena
      May 11, 2012 at 10:26 AM

      Thanks Nami 🙂 yeah these days I am playing a lot with these edits i learned and just loving it!

  • Soma
    May 11, 2012 at 1:15 PM

    LOVELY beyond words. We have driven by the highway 1 from Fresno to Santa Barbara.. but had not much time to stop and linger much except for Half Moon Bay. But did not go to Big Sur! Next time for sure. I am the other way round. I LOVE the mountains. A loves the ocean 🙂 The blue of the ocean and the pink door blows me away.

  • Archana
    May 12, 2012 at 4:25 PM

    Beautiful post and photos Kankana. Big sur is a lovely place to visit. Keep them coming

  • Roxana GreenGirl { A little bit of everything}
    Roxana GreenGirl { A little bit of everything}
    May 12, 2012 at 9:34 PM

    Beautiful photos Kankana! I have never visited Big Sur, but seems like a great place to visit

  • Tadka Pasta
    Tadka Pasta
    May 12, 2012 at 10:35 PM

    Wow, those pics bring back a host of memories. Love the blues, pinks and browns. Big Sur is such a stunning place!

  • Familycook
    May 13, 2012 at 6:55 AM

    We have lived in the bay Area for seven years before moving to Dallas TX. We have rented Cabins in Big Sur and been greeted by Emus early in the morning and also spotted mountain lions.

    Have rented A vacation rental home in Bodega Bay and watched the perfect Sunrise and Sunset.

    Rented a Log cabin in Gualala by the Bowling Beach and played wih rocks gaped exactly like round balls.

    Those were the days…, thanks for bringing back memories!

  • sally
    May 13, 2012 at 8:47 AM

    Fantastic photos! I miss the Northern California coast.

  • reese@SeasonwithSpic
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    May 13, 2012 at 9:53 PM

    Breathtaking pictures, Kankana! I love every single one of them. I enjoy beaches when I just want a relaxing vacation, but I also enjoy traveling to exotic places that have strong cultural elements.

  • lisaiscooking
    May 14, 2012 at 7:31 AM

    I haven’t been to Big Sur, but I would to visit there some day. The photos are beautiful! And, I love a day on a beach.

  • wok with ray
    wok with ray
    May 14, 2012 at 10:18 AM

    Oh, Kankana this is a beautiful place. This is the kind of place where I would love to take my wife because she would love it. Thank you so much for sharing this post because it gave me an idea for a getaway.

    ~ ray ~

  • Tina
    May 14, 2012 at 8:45 PM

    Beautiful and lovely clicks…

  • Purabi Naha
    Purabi Naha
    May 15, 2012 at 2:29 AM

    I loved those lanscape photographs taken by Arvind and lady, your pictures are rocking as well! For a moment I felt like I was also there…

    Kankana, that handpump picture is so good!! Enjoyed your post thoroughly.

  • Kitchen Belleicious
    Kitchen Belleicious
    May 15, 2012 at 9:25 AM

    oh if only I could have been there! iT looks so amazing and relaxing. The pictures are priceless!

  • nipponnin
    May 15, 2012 at 1:36 PM

    I love to buy post cards that photos you took on it. Lovely and sentimental images I adore!

  • Nisha
    May 16, 2012 at 1:42 PM

    Is the place THIS beautiful or is it your & Arvind’s photography that’s making it THIS beautiful!?

    • Kankana Saxena
      Kankana Saxena
      May 16, 2012 at 9:06 PM

      Honestly speaking.. the place is much more beautiful than what it shows in the picture 🙂 That’s the best we could capture!

  • Rekha
    May 17, 2012 at 12:48 PM

    Your pictures are looking gorgeous ( as always)… I am sure It must have been an amazing experience to visit such a beautiful place 🙂

  • Magic of Spice
    Magic of Spice
    May 20, 2012 at 1:08 PM

    I so need to take a trip…love Big Sur, and love these amazing photos!

  • tigerfish
    May 21, 2012 at 6:41 PM

    The photos are beautiful!

    Is there a particular trail/hike worth recommending? The first few photos made me want to take a hike near Big Sur.

  • shruti
    May 28, 2012 at 6:18 AM

    i love beaches like crazy ….nothing like listening to the sound of waves ;-)great shots

  • Kiran
    June 6, 2012 at 12:32 AM

    Gorgeous clicks!!

    I am a beach lover too. Cannot wait to visit Big Sure, someday 🙂

  • Debbie
    June 27, 2012 at 10:44 AM

    Your photos are breathtaking! I love Big Sur. I’ve spent much time in Carmel, California. I have a photo on the bottom of my blog of the Lone Cypress along 17 Mile Drive.

    I’m so glad I found your blog. Your recipes look so good and I now follow you on Pinterest.