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Jul 25, 2014 - Monterey to (Clint's) Carmel

We arrived at our motel in Carmel after driving through some very posh residential areas. In the evening we drove into Carmel in search of food – everywhere was fully booked but we did happen upon a Mediterranean restaurant where we ate well! The mayor of Carmel is Clint Eastwood, who has banned neon signs, traffic lights, house numbers, live music and (for some reason) stiletto heels. Carmel is a very expensive and sedate place. We stayed in a great little 1930's 'cabin'.

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Dec 15, 2012 - The California Coast

This morning we picked up our hire car and drove north along the California Coast, using the Pacific Coast Highway. It was an amazing drive with the cliff top and the Pacific Ocean on the left and National Park on the right. The scenery was spectacular. We stopped briefly at Santa Barbara and Hearst Castle along the way. As Stu and I were driving along, singing to The Eagles, Fleetwood Mac and KC and the Sunshine Band, we felt we should be doing this drive in some flashy convertible rather than the Tarago, with 4 kids in the back. We might...

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Dec 23, 2011 - A day of driving....

We are now in Carmel after an early start from Anaheim, goodbye theme parks and hello gorgeous central Californian coastline. Stopped for a yummy breakfast in Santa Barbara where we have finally realised (after nearly a week!) that if the kids order waffles or pancakes for breakfast, that we should order only 1 serve, as like everything in the US - the servings are huge! Had few hours after that in the car and then stopped for a tour of Hearst Castle - an amazing, opulent, grandiose 165 room mansion, sitting at the top of a hill on it's 127...

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Aug 23, 2011 - Sometimes, the more I know, the less I understand.

A friend following this blog (who incidentally recently acquired a stunning new Ferrari California) told me the other day that he loves Monterey because of what a spiritual place it is. He's right, and it's hard to describe the vibe in the area without experiencing it. It's a very, very special place indeed. Personally, I think it is the sunset - there is nothing like the majesty of a sunset on 17-Mile Drive and tonight's was a perfect example. But what doesn't need any description is that whatever Monterey is in terms of spirituality, LA...

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Jul 29, 2011 - Carmel-by-the-Sea & Monterey

Finally got out of San Francisco late this morning after getting lost in our rental car in the city! We were hoping that the weather would improve the further away we got from San Francisco, and the temps get a little higher, but not to be, we hardly saw the sun on our 3 1/2hr drive South on Highway 1 (which is the coastal road) having stopped at Santa Cruz for lunch on the way, which was a much larger town than what we thought. Carmel is a quaint little town, very pretty with lovely buildings and tree-lined streets, and inundated with...

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Jun 22, 2010 - Point Lobos

Immediately south of the city of Carmel is one of the most beautiful and inspiring state parks in California-Point Lobos. Words and pictures could never describe this unique work of nature. This is a must visit place. We hiked 5 3/4 miles as we walked the trails which circumnavigated the park. Several prominent points jut into the pacific and each provides a new and unique vista. Vistas which are candy for the eye and inspiration for the soul. Flowers of all colors and types decorate the surfaces of rocks in defiance of logic-How could...

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May 12, 2010 - Carmel and Monterey California

So after Hearst castle, it was North again on Hiway 1, or the Pacific Coast Highway. As it turns out, Lester Holt from the Today show did a piece on the PCH from Carmel to Cambria, and we may may have passed him that day. The coastline is like no other. Steep climbs lead up to awsome cliffs running right down to the ocean to white sandy beaches. The road curves its way up and around beutiful mountains too. Big Sur was a neat little mountain town. We ended up at the Carmel RV in the evening, and the weather was cold (50) and damp. The lady...

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Apr 6, 2010 - Looking around Carmel area

Monday, April 5, ride around Pebble Beach and walk on Carmel beach. Sunny and high of 59. I’m very surprised that I was able to say today was sunny. The weatherman last night said rain for today, and it rained very hard last night, but we woke up to no rain. Then, as we ate breakfast the sun broke out and stayed out all day. Although cool and breezy this morning, the breeze stopped and the temperature went up about 10 degrees. In my book that was about perfect. Anyway, due to the coolness this morning, we decided to hold the beach walk...

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Apr 5, 2010 - Trip to Carmel-by-the-sea

Sunday, April 4, trip to Carmel. Cloudy until mid-afternoon, then light rain with high temperature of 59. We decided to take route 1 to Carmel. Yes, it is a lot slower thus time wise longer, but it’s right on the coast and so beautiful. This 125 mile trip was always in view of the ocean. Most of the time, we were hundreds of feet above the ocean looking down a cliff on our left, as we headed north. Just imagine a steep mountain several thousand feet high right next to the ocean, then someone building a road on the ocean side of it that is...

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Oct 27, 2009 - Carmel-by-the-sea: un bijou de village

Pas très loin de Monterey se trouve le charmant village de Carmel-by-the-sea. Pour y aller, nous avons traversé la péninsule de Pacific Grove qui nous a fait voir un bord de mer en furie, l'océan Pacifique étant déchaîné en cette journée venteuse. Mais quels panoramas!!! À Carmel, c'est la ville où Clint Eastwood, l'acteur, a été maire un certain temps. Ce petit coin de pays, niché entre la mer et les montagnes, semble tout droit sorti d'un conte de fée. Les rues sont impeccables, les maisons coquettes et de style victorien avec quelques...

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Jun 10, 2009 - Point Lobos State Park

Immediately south of the city of Carmel is one of the most beautiful and inspiring state parks in California-Point Lobos. Words and pictures could never describe this unique work of nature. This is a must visit place. We hiked 6 1/2 miles as we walked the trails which circumnavigated the park. Several prominent points jut into the pacific and each provides a new and unique vista. Vistas which are candy for the eye and inspiration for the soul. Flowers of all colors and types decorate the surfaces of rocks in defiance of logic-How could...

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May 31, 2009 - Monterey, California

Arrived early at the Dunes RV resort in Monterey Bay, took a walk through the dunes along the beach. Then explored the Cannery Row area of Monterey, once a thriving fish processing area and now converted to a tourist area with shops, hotels, bars & cafes. A great feature of this area of the coast is the presence of hundreds of harbour seals. They can be seen sunning themselves on the rocks and beaches all along the coast and the local marina has a real problem keeping them off the pontoons and walkways. I never get fed up with looking at...

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