Carmel-by-the-Sea .

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 !

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Let’s go for a drive on SR 1.

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.

Carmel Mission : Spanish Mission in California. (part 6)

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. DSC00377

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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.


Salinas Valley ; California. (part 5)

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…


and lettuce….



So much green around, it was really amazing to see it all. But we must get going and see other places…