Monterey and Carmel

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November 24th 2013
Published: November 24th 2013
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As we drove towards Monterey and our hotel for two nights it was still light so we made a snap decision and continued on to do the 17-mile scenic drive around Pebble Beach taking in the famous Pebble Beach Golf Course. The drive took us through dramatic landscapes overlooking the sea as well as imposing residences with their own outlooks. Luckily we saw a most dramatic sunset as we headed for the hotel.

The next day (Saturday) we visited the 18th century Carmel Mission founded by Franciscan monk Father Junipero Serra originally from Mallorca. Although the Mission fell into ruin dedicated followers built it up again to the structure it is today. The Mission includes not only small museums documenting this rebuilding campaign but also well the beautifully maintained grounds with gorgeous examples of Monterey cypress.

From there we headed into Monterey towards Cannery Row and Pacific Grove. Although Cannery Row is a busy scene Central Avenue to the north has some great restaurants and cafes with a more local edge. After a chowder and fish lunch at Vivolo's on Central Avenue we took the Pacific Grove drive around the edge of the Monterey Peninsula and then inland.Sunday we take US1 to Big Sur and on to Los Angeles. Stay tuned.

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25th November 2013

those photos are amazing!
I really enjoyed reading about your trip!
1st December 2013

Hi, great blog and lovely photos. Weather here today is a little milder and getting a bit warmer this week. Still have not planted my daffodils but will try to get it done. Christmas tree goes up this week. Talk soon.

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