Friday, February 25, 2011

Carmel-by-the-Sea

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Hello, my friends!

It’s a cold, rainy & blustery day here in the Monterey Bay area…they’re even predicting we could get SNOW at sea level this weekend…are you kidding me?!

No projects to share with you today, but I wanted to take you along with me on our family trip we took on Monday to beautiful Carmel-by-the-Sea…

Carmel by the sea

Since the girls were out of school that day, we decided to take one of our favorite drives to the coast…just 30 minutes away from home…

We arrive at Ocean Avenue, right off the Pacific Coast Highway in Carmel--a beautiful avenue--often photographed…

…seen on vintage postcards…

…even the subject of a Thomas Kinkade painting…(Carmel has actually inspired at least four of his paintings!)

You can find the most charming shops and restaurants here…

The Tuck Box…a quaint English tearoom-type of restaurant…

…and The Hog’s Breath Inn…owned by Clint Eastwood.  Did you know that Mr. Eastwood was the mayor of Carmel at one time?

This was one of my very favorite places to spend the day when my daughters were young…

…wandering the streets in this beautiful little village with our double stroller and older daughter in-hand…

…leisurely window-shopping with my little ones…

At the very end of the avenue, we find this…

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It was gray and chilly that day…so not much color in either water or sky…but it was still sparkly and beautiful…

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Sarah immediately climbed up on this semi-fallen cypress to survey the scene…

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…such a beautiful, weather-beaten tree…

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Sarah & Annie posing with their Daddy…

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This is what happens when the girls are tired of their mother taking pictures of them!

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And off to our right…the back view of the fabulous & famous Pebble Beach Golf Course…

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Perspective is a fun thing, isn’t it?!

Time to leave the beach…how about a driving tour of the town and some of it’s lovely homes? (MY favorites, anyway!)

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More photos, less words for a minute here…

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I’ve always been in love with the Storybook or Fairytale style of houses popular in the 1920’s and ‘30’s…and there are so many beautiful examples to be seen in Carmel!

Around 1902, Carmel became a gathering place for artists and writers…so many things to inspire here…

Hansel House

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Carmel-by-the-Sea is unique for another reason…here the houses have names, not numbers…

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Comstock at Mission

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…a beautiful turn in the road…you can see why the name of the town is Carmel-by-the-Sea…

Carmel also has the distinction of being home to one of the most beautiful of the old Spanish Missions on the Mission Trail…

Built in 1770…such a lovely, peaceful spot…

Well, that’s it for today…Hope you enjoyed our daytrip to beautiful Carmel-by-the-Sea…thanks for coming along with us!

See you soon with something new.

Julie

(My personal photos are watermarked with my name.  All others were found on the internet.)