This weekend we flew out of Kansas City to spend a few days in Southern California to visit family and get some relaxation. Other than the traffic congestion we had beautiful weather and a wonderful time.  We took a couple of side trips. We took a few side trips to the beachwalk Pomanade, Solvang and Bennets Honey.

In Solvang we choose to meander through the pedestrian-friendly village to view the Danish architecture, large European style windmills and go into the many small shops, We found the knife shop he wanted to check out on one of the side streets very close to the main street of the little village.  At noon time we decided to eat a smorgaasbord and have frikadeller (meatballs),  herring, cold cuts of meat, cheese, pate and other Danish favorites for lunch. As we explored the  high-end boutiques, European imports and art galleries I searched for Thumbelina Needlework and found in one of the small side paths.  It is smaller that when it was on the main street but still has an array of needle crafts items. Our last stop was a bustling bakery with a wide choice of bakery items you can’t find at most bakeries anymore.  I decided on the bear claw which is puff pastry dough and almond filling.  If you are into wine tasting this place has many winery tasting stores.


Every trip to Ventura requires a walk along the beach and on the pier. This day as most days was filled with surfers. As almost always you have the fisherman on the pier catching count on catching Jacksmelt, mackerel, sand sharks, perch, a few types of croaker, stingray but many times the anglers catch halibut too.,

I discover this honey farm and decided to check it out with a short trip to the Fillmore area. This store had honey from many places including Hawaii and New Zealand at prices lower than I have every seen. They also carry local honey which is what I purchased. The Avocado and eucalyptus was great. The have a tasting area where you can taste all of the flavors they carry. I cant’t wait to go to the bee club tasting and bring these along with my honey.



Californians favorite fast food burger joint is In-N-Out_Burger. The lines at this one was crazy so we went to another in Oxnard.