So the title of today's entry pretty much sums up how I feel about Santa Barbara, it's paradise. From the lovely weather (ongoing theme with me in California it seems), to the uniquely individual houses with perfectly manicured gardens bursting with bright flowers and fruits. The people are laid back and friendly and there are countless nice eateries and endless places to run, bike, hike and explore. Everything seems orderly and safe but without being too twee and the beaches....
After a 6 mike run and a stop in a local coffee shop I drove to Butterfly Beach. This is the beach that fronts The Four Seasons Santa Barbara (well you know me I'm a sucker for a nice hotel). I spent the whole afternoon on my beach chair reading my book. I wish I'd used the umbrella Krista had given me as I got a little sunburnt. I left the beach around 5pm as was craving some sushi. When I approached my car I realized that somehow when trying to lock it 5 hours earlier I'd actually popped my trunk wide open and that now 5 hours later it was still wide open with the contents on full display to the world. I had to laugh to myself and marvel at my luck that no one had taken anything from it, but then it was parked right in front of the Four Seasons, lol. Pretty sure if I'd have done that in Philly there would be nothing left, including the car.
Once again Krista came good. Not only was another glass of wine offered on the patio when I got home to shower, but she recommended an awesome sushi restaurant that the locals ate at just three blocks from the house. After chatting for a while I left the family to their dinner and went off to satisfy my sushi craving. Great meal and I even tried sea urchin for the first time which is actually caught in this area and a speciality.
Slow last day today, I know I'll be sad to leave Santa Barbara tomorrow I would have liked a couple more days here.