One of the best ways to go from Monterey to Los Angeles is for the coast called Big Sur, this part of 140 kms it is amazing with some cliffs and curvy roads ,wonderful to enjoy stopping in the places to see the landscape and the colour of the sea, actually when I went it was August, there was some fires around, how can be induced for people? I was also surprised when I realised there where some posters encouraging and congratulating the firefighters.
I went to Menorca in 2013 the second island of the Balears (Spain), I was surprised for the beaches, I knew would be nice, because I had already been in Mallorca (the biggest island), in this occasion I went a few days to disconnect a little bit, and in fact I did, it was at the beginning of November and even like that I could have a bath even the water was cold, I recommend if you go to Menorca to hire a car because it is easier to move in the island, some of their small beaches (cales) have difficult access so you have to go walk but believe is worth it.
In my stay in Rome I could visit the “Foro Romano” it is huge and awesome. It was the political, economic and religious center of ancient Rome, a place where temples, courts and other buildings used for public and private affairs abounded. You cannot miss it if you go to Rome.