Monday, November 14, 2011

Window Shopping

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Hello, dear friends!

Come along with me down one of the most charming streets in Carmel-by-the-Sea, California…a few of it’s streets, actually!

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This was one of those golden days…a day we took just because…We’ve been able to enjoy a few of these kinds of days lately…thanks to our new homeschooling  journey…

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Right off the Pacific Coast Highway lies Ocean Avenue…lined with unique, charming & expensive shops that lead down to the beautiful sea…

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Our first stop—the famous & fabulous “Tuck Box”…

…a place so charming & well known, Thomas Kinkade has painted it…twice!

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image  …a delightful English tearoom—only open till 2:30 in the afternoon—you’ve got to get there early!

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I’ve been wanting to take my girls here forever—and today was the day…c’mon inside with us!

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…a sweet, sun-filled room awaited us…no one else in the place when we walked in—perfect! {it filled up shortly after, however!}

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The girls just fell in love with the place!  {Don’t worry, Chelsea…we’ll be going back with you as soon as you get home!}

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Annie “tucked” into one of their famous scones…complete with marmalade & double clotted cream, of course!

As soon as we were happily stuffed, we started walking…{now’s when I stop talking so much…!}

Beauty-filled windows…

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Irresistible delights…

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…a LOT of  whimsy…

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…luscious indulgences…

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{…just look at these chunks of fragrant, handmade soaps!}

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…and extravagance…

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…even an English-themed pub owned by a very famous local actor…

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…did you know that Clint Eastwood was also the mayor of Carmel at one time?

There was time for a little “reflection”…

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…a time to “rest and be thankful”…

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…which Annie decided to take very literally! {with her photographer sister’s suggestion, of course!}

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Everywhere we looked, touches of vintage beauty…

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…charming architecture…

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…and beckoning courtyards…

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So glad you came along with us today!  {Hope you’re still with me…this post is about as long as our window shopping day!}

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…and a very special thanks to my photographer daughter, Sarah…this is why you didn’t see her in most of the photos! {don’t you just love her clever use of the double driveway mirrors here?!}

If you ever come to our little part of California, I hope you’ll stop for a visit to beautiful Carmel-by-the-Sea…

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…where else are you going to find a gas station sign with gilded letters?!

See you soon with something new…

Julie