OSF. The heart Of Robin Hood

OSF. The heart Of Robin Hood

Golden Gates

Golden Gates

Morning on top of mark

Morning on top of mark

Avenue of the Giants

Avenue of the Giants

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

August 3, 2011

Today we have discovered a Victorian town of Ferndale and drove through the Alley of Giants. Ferndale is really miniature, but quaint, charming – and as historical as any small town museum. By the way, it will celebrate its centennial anniversary on August 7 this year. It took us about an hour to thoroughly walk it through, including a very interesting cemetery (which my father flatly refused to visit) and to patronize some local shops.(I got some ear rings, and my mom – a jar of honey). Their post office is quite amazing – it still looks the same way as it did 100 years ago!
We entered the Alley of the Giants above Pepperwood, and drove slowly along, making as many stops as we wanted. I am afraid photos do not give these trees the deserved credit… The scale is mind-blowing!
Now we are staying at the Benbow Inn – a historical hotel that was built in 1926 and became a popular haunting spot for glitzy Hollywood motorists, including Clark Gable and Spencer Tracy. Eleanor Roosevelt was also quite fond of it. The building is amazing, filled with antiques. The service is great, the food also. I have abandoned hopes of loosing weight in the face of chocolate mousse and chocolate crepes....But the swimming pool is a hike away across some desert dusty trail… and the carpets in the halls are stained to ugliness…

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I love these movies!

  • The Fall, directed by Tarsem
  • Amelie, directed by Jean-Pierre Jennet
  • Lord of the Rings, directed by Peter Jackson
  • Moulan Rouge, directed by Baz Luhrman
  • Moonsoon Wedding, directed by Mira Nair
  • Australia, directed by Baz Luhrman
  • Despereately seeking Susan, directed by Susan Seidelman
  • Miss Pettigrew lives for a day, directed by Bharat Nalluri

Favorite books and authors

  • Boris Vassiliev, historical novels
  • C.Cherryh, Morgaine Sagas
  • Ch.Dickens, The Bleak House
  • George Martin, The Chronicles of Ice and Fire
  • Gregory Frost, Shadow Bridge novels
  • Heinrich Mann, Henry the IV
  • J.R.R.Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings
  • Jane Austin, Pride and Prejudice, Persuasion, Emma
  • Robert Jordan, The Wheel of Time
  • Sir Thomas Mallory, Le Mort D'Artur
  • Ted Williams, Green Angel Tower
  • Terry Goodkind, Magician's First Rule and the following books in this saga
  • Thomas Mann, Joseph and his Brothers