Tuesday, October 25, 2016

The 17-Mile Drive - Monterey to Carmel . . . . . . . .

The LONE CYPRESS - perched over the Pacific for hundreds of years.
Even though Monterey cypress trees prefer the bare, rugged, granite headlands, 
the famous Lone Cypress is a testament to the hardiness of these trees.
It has stood Pacific storms and winds for roughly 250 years. Fences and cables
 now offer added protection in hopes it will live to be 300. 

Pelicans, cormorants. . . . . . . . 

 . . . . . . wildflowers 

. . . . . . . the hummingbird 

. . . . . . . friendly chipmunks

A perfect autumn afternoon along the Pacific coast - warm, fog-free,
 brilliant sunshine, a slight breeze - we were so lucky and appreciated Paula
taking us back to a favorite California coastal drive. . . . . . . .

Carmel's quaint buildings 

. . . . . . with a lovely lunch here at Casanova in the delightful village of Carmel.
California dreaming!

Friday, October 21, 2016

Coming home today. . . . . . . . . .

Hard to leave this beautiful state of California!  Have really enjoyed seeing a lot of new places and being with dear friends. 

Monday, October 17, 2016

The Vineyards, Winery Gardens, Cozy B&B's of California -

Such a beautiful place to visit. . . . . . . . . and I often find myself experiencing
 those "I could live here" moments!
Then I'm advised of the price of real estate!
Land for vineyards cost as much as a million dollars per acre.
Tiny houses a couple of million before an often needed rehab.
So I'm staying where I am of course. . . . . .but will always be up
 for a visit here where it truly is lovely.

Our beautiful suite on the lower level by the pool - in Napa. 
This amazing B&B is the Candlelight Inn and I'll be showing you much
 more of it in another post.

We are now in Ferndale, just south of Eureka, California.
A spectacular Victorian B&B in a small town full of Victorian buildings,
 the previous homes of cattle barons and dairy kings.
Weather is wet but we're seeing some beautiful scenery including the 
giant redwood forests and the pounding Pacific surf along the shore.

Sunday, October 16, 2016

City to country - wine country that is!

 Leaving the beautiful city of San Francisco, always hard.
Heading to the Napa and Sonoma Valleys, very easy!

Crossing the Golden Gate and heading north -

- to arrive in what has to be some of the most beautiful countryside in California.
More on visits to wineries - there are about 600 - and great little wine country
 towns later.

Saturday, October 15, 2016

San Francisco - Alamo Square. . . . . . . .

So much so see in this wonderful city.
The entire park of Alamo Square is under a massive renovation - no green
 grass remaining, new modern facilities being built, so all closed off right now.
However, the 'painted ladies' still adorn the surrounding hilly streets - and the
 city in the background continues to shimmer in the California light.
Always special - always so west coast.
Easy to leave one's heart!

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