hope everybody enjoyed their holiday season and was safe and sound celebrating new year's eve. this year, as usual, was low key, so NYE was spent at AMC century 15 watching david fincher's "the girl with the dragon tattoo." the US remake boasted a career-defining turn by rooney mara (sister of kate) as lisbeth salander, the fierce goth hacker/protagonist of the stieg larsson trilogy.
sunday, january 1 brought about a much happier tune, so heidi, ernie and i jumped in our ride and made the 90 mile jaunt northwest to beautiful santa barbara for the day. a number of sights and eateries we had hoped to hit up (andersen's danish restaurant & bakery damn you! no marzipan to bring back...) were closed in observance of the new year, but we were able to visit the historic santa barbara county courthouse, dubbed "the most beautiful government building in america."
commencing construction in 1927, the spanish style building was completed in 1929 and boasts gorgeous, manicured gardens & lawns amongst its square block-long radius. there's also an elevator one can ride to the top of the clock tower, where panoramic views of the city, the ocean and the mountains await.
and a few snaps inside the grounds:
one last parting shot of the clock tower from outside the grounds: