2019 Sandy & Bill's West Coast Adventure travel blog

Carmel Beach

Modern House

Carmel house with a highly unusual roof

Nice looking Carmel house

Carmel Mission

Chapel of the Mission

Today we devoted our time to explore the quaint town of Carmel-by-the-Sea. This is a beautiful, but pricey, town just below 17 Mile Drive and the famous Pebble Beach Golf Links where the 2019 U.S. Open was played. This is also the town where Clint Eastwood was Mayor for four years.

Carmel adjoins the Pacific, perhaps technically Monterey Bay. The beach is fine, white sand and the water is a contrasting deep blue. Aside from the myriad of shops and restaurants populating the town, we found exploring the different residential areas to be fun and intriguing. As you'll see from the attached pictures, there is a large variety of home designs. Of course, we opted not to find out the price for those we saw for sale, both not to be tempted and more probably not to be shocked.

Good ole' Father Junipero Serra, what a busy man he was establishing missions throughout Southern California all the way up to San Francisco, established a mission in Carmel. The mission is entitled Mission San Carlos Borromeo del Carmelo. Besides being a proverbial "mouthful" to say, the mission was the second oldest of the 21 he founded, being established in 1771 (even before the U.S. declared its independence). The chapel has a Moorish bell tower, and one picture shows the tower with beautiful purple flowers contrasting against the lime plastered burned seashell walls. We would recommend this outpost, but in Carmel, as a place to visit.

Tomorrow we head to Yosemite National Park. Thanks for reading.

P.S. We had dinner last night at the Hog's Breath Inn, a restaurant formerly owned by Clint Eastwood, and we kind of got a clue since there were pictures of him all over the place. The food was quite good.

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