Wednesday, September 09, 2009

Carmel, California

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Thank you all for your well wishes yesterday! Lauren and I are feeling better now, although we still aren't feeling 100%. I did call McDonalds and the County Health Department regarding the food poisoning but I guess I'll never know if it was really food poisoning or the flu. I still think it was food poisoning because I think it's odd that we would get sick within an hour of each other if it were the flu. I also heard that the only flu going around right now is the H1N1 (swine flu) and we had completely different symptoms from that.

I was really looking forward to this little day trip to Carmel but I didn't get to spend as much time there as I wanted. We got a late start, we didn't leave until 1:00 pm. It's only about 1 hour and 15 minutes away so I figured even leaving that late that we would be able to spend most of the afternoon and early evening there. I didn't anticipate that the traffic would be so bad...it took us 2 hours and 45 minutes to get there and then we couldn't find parking and had to drive around at least another 15 minutes!
The good thing is once you are there and walking around town you forget all that! Carmel is such a wonderful place! Just being there puts me in a good mood! It's my absolute favorite place in California! I think I'm going to take another trip down there in a month or so when it's not so crowded.
I'll have more Carmel pictures for you tomorrow!

34 comments:

Karin said...

So glad you are both feeeling better. Carmel looks beautiful! Who needs gift shops with all that beauty provided by nature in Carmel!?

Anonymous said...

I have always thought of Carmel as my favorite spot in the entire US (not just California). I'm from Illinois and don't get out there as much as I'd like... but it sure is beautiful! Glad you had a good day.

Elsie said...

WOW!!! Carmel is beautiful,I would not get to see this beauty if it
weren't for you. I know I will
never visit because my legs aren't
long enough to get on a plane.LOL. I am so glad you and Lauren are feeling better,hope you continue to 100%.

Madeleine said...

Love the pictures, Glad you both are feeling better.

Colibri tejedor said...

que bueno que ya se sientan mejor... aunque para mi que fué la comida.... muy bellas las fotos aqui estamos por recibir la primaveras, hoy mucho frio pero despejado el cielo y la cordillera se ve maravillosa toda nevada...
cariños y gracias por compartir tus momentos, detalles y cosas lindas.
cariños.

Pauline said...

Hi Cindy,
So sorry to hear that you are still not 100%. I know at least 2 people who had swine flu and their symtoms wasn't anything like food poisoning!!
Beautiful hydrangeas!!
God bless you and your daughter's health.

Debbie said...

Oh Cindy, I want to go back to Carmel. It is one of my favorite places in the world. I recognize the places in the photos and those flowers - oh my! We don't have flowers like that in Phoenix. I may even rent the movie "Play Misty for Me" with Donna Mills and Clint Eastwood. You know it was filmed in one of those houses along the beach.

Have you been to Casanova's? Love that place, especially for Sunday brunch. And the lavendar bundles they sell outside. Oh my see what you started? LOL.

Glad you're feeling better.

Glenda/MidSouth said...

Beautiful place! Glad you and Lauren are feeling a little better.

KarenB said...

I LOVE Carmel! I usually get there in July when it's seriously cold there. But, probably not as crowded. Even then, parking is difficult. I love so many shops there. Have you been to the teeny tiny sewing shop?

Karen @ Elderberry Street

Glenda said...

My money's on the food.

You went to one of my most favorite places for a day trip. Love the ocean so it's prefect.

Ciao

Maya said...

Carmel is so gorgeous..., and I'm planning on featuring some homes, some are quite unique and fairy tale like.

Bellablushcottage said...

Hi Cindy.....I know what you mean...any place near the water makes me feel alot better and relaxed...Glad you both are feeling better...sounds like food poisoning to me.....Linda ;)

Esther Sunday said...

So, you must be really happy to advertise Pepto so prominently at this moment! :) (Sorry, bad attempt at humor, I know.) Sure glad you are both getting better.

Queen Bee said...

Happy to hear that you are feeling better! Thank you for sharing the fabulous pictures...I have never been to California...but it's definitely on my travel wish list. Hope you are 100% soon!

just a little bit shabby said...

Cindy,
I love Carmel! I've only been there once but it made a lasting impression on me! I love all the charm, the ocean and quaint little cottages. It's as close to heaven as I can imagine!
One of the great things about it, beside the scenery is all the beautiful flowers! We ate at a place call the clambox (?) and the food was excellent. It was expensive but worth it. I could spend a week there and never tire of all the lovely things to look at. Also we drove down to Big Sur. I loved that, too. I didn't, however, like driving over all the high bridges on the highway. The scenery was magnificent and Pfiefer State Beach was beautiful. We were there in August and it was very cool. Can't wait to see more of your pictures. Did you get to the Mission? They had the most beautiful bougainvilleas there.
Thanks for sharing!
Sandy

Crystal Rose Cottage said...

Glad you're both feeling better! Once again thank you for another beautiful tour of a fantastic place in California!~Patti

Ms. Bake-it said...

Hello Cindy,

Carmel looks beautiful! I have never had any desire to visit California, not even when I was offered a one week free stay at The Bissell House in South Pasadena. Now I regret it because the tours you give us are so beautiful. Now I will have to add California to my list of places to go!

Glad to hear you are feeling much better.

~ Tracy

Lynn said...

So glad you and Lauren are feeling better. What a nasty end to a lovely day with your daughter. Your pictures bring my special memories of my ex and me in Carmel. Carmel was where I saw the Pacific for the first time. Just the name makes me smile. Thank you for the lovely pictures and will be stopping by tomorrow for more. I love the detail your camera shows, the roof on the home has such texture. Take care both of you.

Mary said...

It looks just beautiful! I'm glad your feeling better, I'll bet you won't be going back to McDonalds any time soon. I got food poisoning from White Castle 25 years ago and have never gone back!

María Cecilia said...

So glad you are both feeling better.
A beautiful place Carmel...I´ll be back to see some more pictures.
Thank you
María Cecilia

Lee Laurie said...

Glad y'all are feeling better! I love these pictures! Beautiful!

Linda Q said...

Oh I hope you both recover well. Does sound like FP. I got that one time from a McDonalds and was horrible. Won't eat at one ever since.
Thanks for sharing the Carmel photos, one of my favorite CA. spots. I have been to that area years ago with first hubby and it was so great! I would love to do it again but without him, LOL!
Linda

podso said...

Glad you are feeling better! Beautiful photos!

Journey to Charm said...

Hello, Cindy. I've been viewing your blog lately and just drooling over your home. Its the most gorgeous one I've seen! You are such an inspiration! I just started my own blog yesterday, and I really don't know what I'm doing. Hope you get a chance to check it out. Rosie.
http://journeytocharm.blogspot.com

Sue said...

Glad that you and Lauren are over the worst & feeling better. If you had gone to Carmel just one week earlier, I would have seen you there! We drove down from SFO for the day, did the 17-mile drive & had lunch at the Hog's Breath Inn. The weather was perfect too. I now know why people love Carmel so much. You're very lucky to live so close to the beauty that is the Monterey Peninsula. Sue in FL

Chatelaine said...

Carmel is on my list of must see places.

Thanks for the tour. I'm sure your next visit will be better. Less crowds, more parking in the Fall.

Glad to hear the both of you are recovering.

Cass @ That Old House said...

Glad to hear you and Lauren are recovering. Yuck, food poisoning. But thanks for the pictures of Carmel -- that town has always looked like an enchanted village to me!
Cass

Ginger said...

Carmel is a beautiful place. You didn't happen to see Clint Eastwood while you were there, did you? lol

Amber said...

I adore Carmel too. My hubby and I took a day trip date there when we were in the Bay are for work a couple of years ago. So many charming houses and shops! And of course, the lovely beach.

bieluska said...

your blog is so beatiful....:-)

Mo..."Mo's Cottage" said...

I love Carmel !!!!!!! Great photos...I think it is one the most Romantic places ever !!!!
Mo :-)

FrenchGardenHouse said...

Sigh...Love this post...of course it's one of the "loves" we share, Carmel. so glad you went, and took amazing pictures. I truly love it there.xo Lidy

HOPE said...

Love these photos and the memories...I grew up in Mtry., Pacific Grove and loved to go to Carmel! So quaint!

On to the other post with more photos and memories!

Thanks..
HOPE~ (who lives on the EAST coast now..SIGH)

Dee said...

I got married on 17 Mile Drive, so Carmel is a favorite vacation spot for us! My favorite hotel is the Fireplace Inn. Each room has a fireplace, and they serve Irish Oatmeal for breakfast! Yummy!