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Ventana - An Enchanting Resort in BIg Sur

Summary: I love Ventana. I highly recommend visiting  and exploring the landscape at Lime Kiln and Andrew Molera State Park which I've blogged about here. Please note this is #notsponsored . Yes, that means we paid our own bill! Lots of details in the following review. including a Post Ranch vs Ventana comparison.  Can you tell there's something exciting beyond this beautiful gate? There's something special about Big Sur, a magic in the light, the presence of the Pacific, the cliffs, beaches, redwood forests and the murmur of the surf. It's one of my favorite places in California. I couldn't think of anywhere else I wanted to be to celebrate turning fifty, because it's a place where there's a sense of nature, space and light and a wide horizon. We've been to Big Sur many times and for a celebration there are two fantastic hotels vying for your attention. The exclusive, modern and very private, cliff top Post Ranch Inn and on the other side of the road the …


I'm currently in California, our last trip was to Latvia, Lithuania, the UK & Ireland. The only question is where to next? I've visited 83 countries and I hope to see them all again plus some more. For a list of some of the UNESCO World Heritage sites I've visited click here.

If I followed the Century Club rules, which  astonishingly includes territories and plane stops, I could add the following; the Canary Islands, Congo, Hong Kong, Bali, Hawaii, Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland, Qatar, Tasmania, Chile, Azerbaijan, Puerto Rico, Japan, Hong Kong and Burkina Faso. Following these rules my "country count" would be 99, but here's a post written a few years ago explaining why I don't. However, perhaps when their way of counting gives me 100  I'll succumb to their lure, I'm  not above changing my tune! 


Abu Dhabi, Angola, Argentina, Armenia,  Australia, Austria,  Belgium, Bolivia, Bosnia, Botswana,  Brazil, Cambodia, Canada, China, Colombia, Costa Rica, Croatia, Cuba, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Doha, Easter Island,  Egypt, Ethiopia, Estonia, FinlandFranceGermany, Ghana, Guatemala,  Greece,  Honduras, India,  Indonesia,  Iran,  Ireland,  ItalyJordan, Latvia, Lebanon, Lithuania, Malawi, Malaysia,  Maldives, Mali, Malta,  Mexico,  Morocco, Mozambique, Myanmar, Namibia, Netherlands, New Zealand,  Nicaragua,  Nigeria, Peru, Portugal, Poland, Russia,  Saint Lucia,  Senegal, Seychelles, Singapore,  Slovenia, South Africa,  Spain,  Sri LankaSudan, Sweden, Switzerland, Syria, Tahiti, Tanzania, Thailand,  Turkey, Turkmenistan, United Kingdom, United States of America, Uzbekistan, Vatican City, Vietnam, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

Here's where we've been over the last few years.

2005  U.K., Singapore and Thailand, St Lucia, NY
2006  Indonesia (Java & Bali), Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia, U.K., Sweden, Ireland.
2007  Morocco, UK, France, Washington D.C., NY
2008  Mexico, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, India, Maldives, Bangkok, China,   Assam, NY., Athens.
2009  Ireland, Rome, Croatia, Bosnia, Slovenia, Tahiti, Easter Island, NY, UK, Estonia.
2010  UK., Paris and Provence, NY, Australia.
2011  N.Y., New Zealand, Syria, Jordan, Lebanon, UK and Ireland.
2012  Spain,  Italy, U.K., N.Y., Ireland.
2013  Portugal, Ireland,UK, Spain, France, N.Y and Boston.
2014  Ireland, Abu Dhabi, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Burma, Indonesia, Malaysia, NY, UK & Egypt.
2015  France, Spain, Ireland, UK, Germany, Finland, NY & Colombia.
2016  Colombia, Canada, Ireland, Cuba, Mexico City, UK & NY.
2017  Doha, Sudan, Ethiopia, Seychelles, Turkey, NY, Ireland, Poland, Lithuania, Latvia


Many thanks to Douwe Osinga for providing a simple interface to create the customize map above. Visit his website if you would like one too;