Posts in category Carmel

The Carmel Mission Basilica, founded in 1770
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The story of Father Junípero Serra and the Carmel Mission

I have strolled through the beautiful Carmel Mission many times but when I visited it recently I felt as if I’d stepped through a portal and arrived in Europe. Maybe the sense of familiarity and the past was so profound …

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Lourmarin, Luberon, Provence, Vaucluse, France

Carmel, California and Lourmarin, Provence, the places I call home

‘Home is where the heart is’, or so the expression goes. My heart is somewhat fragmented, with those I love and the places I own spread across two continents. When I’m in one place, I think of the other. I’m …

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Carmel-by-the-Sea, California, USA Travel Guide PDF
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Carmel-by-the-Sea, California, Travel Guide

You can download the Travel Guide Carmel-by-the-Sea, California  here; my suggestions for where to stay, eat and play or just read the post below! How to get to Carmel-by-the-Sea on the Monterey Peninsular, California Driving to Carmel-by-the-Sea From the city of …

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Carmel Beach, California
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Carmel-by-the Sea

There are some places which are breathtakingly beautiful and no matter how many times you visit, somehow, each time its natural wonder just seeps into your soul. Carmel, just 90 minutes drive south of San Francisco, on California’s Monterey Peninsular …

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A view of Westminster from the Embankment, London, England
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Three different worlds on three different Saturdays!

We all know how a plane journey can transport us to a different world in a matter of hours. I have spent the last three Saturdays, just three weeks apart, in three completely different places thanks to the miracle of flight. From …

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Inlet at Point Lobos, Carmel, California, USA
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Point Lobos: “the greatest meeting of land & water in the world”

Walking by the ocean wherever you are in the world always has a special allure, no more so than at Point Lobos a few minutes south of Carmel, 24 miles north of Big Sur, California. Small wonder that the famed Tasmanian …

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The Piper as sun sets at Spanish Bay , The In at Spanish Bay, California, USA
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‘All is still, all is quiet’… just the haunting song of bagpipes, 17 mile Drive, Carmel

Towards the end of the year when day light is fading, the air is peppered with a mystical magic. A feint, almost cobweb like haze seems to dim even the sun’s strongest rays. The days are shorter, the nights are …

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Summer flowers of Provence …….. in California

Cornflower blue skies, freshly burst leaves swaying gently on their branches in the afternoon breeze, a fence just begging to be climbed over, into a sweeping, fragrant, carpet of lavender. Follow Shutters & Sunflowers

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17 Mile Drive near Carmel, California, USA
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The 17 Mile Drive, a piece of heaven on earth

The 17 Mile Drive, which winds its way beside one of California’s most stunning stretches of coastline, from Pacific Grove to Carmel-by-the-Sea, has to be one of the most breathtakingly spectacular natural spots in the world. The foaming Pacific Ocean …

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