Carmel-by-the-Sea is a lovely place. I read somewhere that the best way to explore Carmel is on foot. It is true and it is great because we like walking. We strolled in the town and looked for signs or any thing interesting. Trying to find where we should eat also. La bicyclette was the restaurant we had dinner one night. I was amazed to see many interesting signs. I will show you some here on that post but I took many more photographs .
Doors or stairs are also interesting to me. There was a poodle parade the week-end we were there , so there were many of those dogs around. What we like about Carmel was not only the nice feeling of the town but the superb beach where I will bring you in my next post. Thanks for reading !
While in California, we wanted to enjoy the view of the Pacific Ocean. From Carmel we went south towards of Big Sur on the road called Cabrillo HWY. The highway is famous for running along some of the most beautiful coastlines in the USA, leading to its designation as an All-American Road. A National Scenic Byway is a road recognized by the United States Department of Transportation for one of the six “intrinsic qualities”: archeological, cultural, historic, natural, recreational, and/or scenic. We were not planning to spend time in Big Sur but we bought nice treats and started driving back to Carmel. The idea to go for a drive was simple, I wanted to take more photographs. This is what this post is all about . We know that pictures can say more than words: the feeling goes through what I captured to what you feel when you look at it ! We stopped many time to get closer to the water , look at the flowers , enjoy the scenery and go for hike . We had our pic-nick looking at the ocean. It was a great after-noon on a nice sunny day.
You can dream of anything while standing in front of the ocean.
Tourists at Garrapata State Park.
What a beautiful beach.
Bixby Bridge. Built in 1931.
I hope you enjoyed some of my photographs taken that day.
Now, we arrived in Carmel to visit the Mission. I knew it was going to be interesting as it was the second mission founded by Fr. Junipero Serra. This place is also called The Basilica of Mission San Carlos Borromeo Del Rio Carmelo. Most people will say : Carmel Mission. It is easier ! Today the Mission and its historic church is one of the most popular sites of pilgrimage in the USA for visitors from all over the world. We visited as soon as it opened its doors. It was September and certainly not too crowded. Still , we are not alone and we can take our time to see it all. A beautiful place! The Mission was founded in June 1770 but really many restorations has to be done over the years and are still done now. We saw some men working outside in front of the church.
Here is a bit of history:
Mission San Carlos Borroméo del río Carmelo, also known as the Carmel Mission or Mission Carmel, is a Romanc Catholic mission church in Carmel-by-the-Sea. It is on the National Register of Historic Places and a U.S. National Historic Landmark.
The mission was the headquarters of the Alta California missions headed by Father Junípero Serra from 1770 until his death in 1784. It was also the seat of the second presidente, Father Fermin Francisco de Lasuen. The mission buildings had fallen into disrepair by the mid-19th century, but were restored beginning in 1884. It remains a parish church today. It is the only one of the California Missions to have its original bell tower dome. The mission also serves as a museum, preserving its own history and the history of the area.
Beside the Basilica , a cork oak ( could be more than 110 years old). Museums and gift shop, so much to see but still we did not want to spend to whole day here. We were happy with our visit and ready to see more of California.
Our road trip is told in part as you can see. We have visited 3 Spanish Missions: San José, Santa Clara and San Juan Bautista. Now we are going to settle for a few nights and stay in SALINAS, the birthplace of the author John Steinbeck and the setting for many of his novels.
Quantities and varieties of vegetables and fruits grown in the Salinas Valley. This place gets the nickname “Salad Bowl of the World”. It was great to see fields of lettuce, strawberries , broccoli and much more . We can also see some vineyards. I will show in photographs . First , you will see that some area are really yellow and dry. No rain in this area for many weeks but the farm have watering system.
and here fields of broccoli…
So much green around, it was really amazing to see it all. But we must get going and see other places…