Keith and I agreed that these two days of our trip were probably our favorite part. So much natural beauty of the scenic coastline, the absolute charm of Carmel, the interesting architecture to enjoy.
Here are some glimpses...
:: our cozy alcove of our host's beautiful home is here with the door partially opened. The cup of tea, plate of cookies, and juice they brought to us on our arrival was such a kind and welcoming gesture.
:: the trees here are very striking and unique.
:: ahh, that first barefoot walk along the beach, the sound of the waves crashing along the sandy shore... this was what I'd been dreaming and longing for...
:: the rare opportunity to spot a real life Frank Lloyd Wright home. Do you see how this house jets out like the bow of a ship?
:: "charming", "storybook village", "delightful", "romantic"... these would be the words I'd use to describe this enchanting village.
:: loving the little passage ways and hidden courtyards scattered among the shops and restaurants.
:: getting out of the car on our drive along the coastline to climb around the rocks and explore some tidepools.
:: stopping here and there for a few "pull over!", breathtaking photo ops.
:: we couldn't miss a chance to take a little detour up to the New Camaldoli hermitage... Such a peaceful place to visit with a magnificent view of the coastline... Browsing around the interesting bookstore (excited with so many of the titles I was familiar with and have read in the past few years. Topics like stillness, mindfulness, spirituality, living a simple life of introspection and beauty, etc.), tasting some of the friendly monk's homemade fruitcake and purchasing some jam to enjoy later. So glad we stopped here.