It was drizzly.  It was cold.  It’s such a beautiful town that it didn’t matter.

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What is it about drains?  My kids are fascinated with them.051 052 053 057 059 060

The lovely restaurant where we stopped for lunch. 061 062 065 069 074 079

Unfortunately I didn’t get to see a lot of the town.  The kids were getting a little cranky after lunch so I took them home.  I live close enough though that I will be back.  A lot.  The galleries and stores are absolutely divine.

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Bill and Lorie Shewbridge September 12, 2009 - 5:00 pm

This looks like a place I could spend a LOT of time. I can see why you say you will be going back a lot.Have a great weekend!!

Nat September 12, 2009 - 5:00 pm

Im jealous that you live so close- my parents took me there as part of a trip after I moved to CA- some excellent but expensive places to eat- it was awesome when they took me because I didnt pay for anything- ha! Great date venue for you and your man- and lots of good BBs/hotels, too!

Amy September 12, 2009 - 5:00 pm

I said I LOVE Monterey…. well, I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE Carmel! Oh- I love it so much! 🙂 My hubby took me to an amazing BB there for our honeymoon.

albert amp; angela fontenot September 12, 2009 - 5:00 pm

It looks splendid. Oh how I miss California. Illinois just cant compare. If only it werent so darn expensive to live there!Love the pictures you took. Espicially that awesome looking restaraunt. I wish I was there with you..yum….love,angela

Jane September 13, 2009 - 5:00 pm

Your posts have seriously given me some good deja vu memories. Thanks. Love your pictures. Carmel was one of those places my Mom and I went every weekend. THere is a restaurant there that we loved. Ill have to ask her the name, I cant remember it. xo

Amanda {My Life Badly Written} September 13, 2009 - 5:00 pm

Those pictures are fantastic!!

Lisa amp; Gerald September 13, 2009 - 5:00 pm


Blarney September 13, 2009 - 5:00 pm

Ahhh ~ sigh. As our days become colder each night (cheesehead territory here) I miss our former lives in CA. Our pumpkins are turning orange which causes frequent flashbacks to the family orchards and fall festivals we attended in CA. Sure we have them here but I havent found one as awesome as our visits in CA.

ethelmaepotter! September 13, 2009 - 5:00 pm

IVE BEEN IN LOVE WITH Carmel ever since I read about it at age 9, in Donna Parker in Hollywood. Fell in love with it even more when I read the true story of the Beardsley Family (Who Gets the Drumstick?, Yours, Mine and Ours,) the true story of Helen North and Frank Beardsley, who married at the Carmel Mission, merging her eight children with his ten. Is that Spanish tiled staircase the one outside of the Carmel Mission?

Michelle September 13, 2009 - 5:00 pm

You got some great photos. What kind of camera do you use?

shot in the arm September 14, 2009 - 5:00 pm

Right if I ever come to visit out that way Im hitting this town up! Looks amazing!mel

cat September 14, 2009 - 5:00 pm

You always seem to have the greatest trips! And your pictures – you are such a talented photographer.And I have to mention – yeah to the Springboks on winning the Tri-nations.

Kim Living Life September 15, 2009 - 5:00 pm

what a great looking town. Love the pics expecially your little girl cuddling her day sweet as!!

Sara A Broers September 16, 2009 - 5:00 pm

These photos are amazing!


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