“Make voyages. Attempt them. There is nothing else.” – Tennessee Williams
Two weeks ago, I had the great privilege of traveling for work to California. Since I live in Ohio, and the ocean and coast is my favorite place to be, I ventured out a day early to spend some time along the coast.
Pacific Coast Highway, California
Many years ago, I drove the length of Highway 1 from San Francisco to Los Angeles for the first time. The drive is incredible, with dramatic drops to the Pacific on one side, and steep rises up mountains on the inland side. Highway 1 is an adventure in itself.
On that same trip, I stopped in Carmel-by-the-Sea and took in the surroundings, an artists’ colony nestled into a bay near Pebble Beach. Two weeks ago, Carmel-by-the-Sea was the same charming village I remembered it to be.
Hat Shop, Carmel-by-the-Sea, California
Wine crates as wall decor, La Bicyclette Restaurant
The perfect garden entrance, Carmel-by-the-Sea, California
Where to Eat, Carmel-by-the-Sea
There are many quaint restaurants in Carmel-by-the-Sea, but one is definitely a must-do: La Bicyclette. I had the Eggplant Casserole and it was out-of-this-world good. And look at the messages left at each table (definitely my kind of place!):
What to Do, Carmel-by-the Sea
If you follow the narrow and steep roads through the town, continuing West, you will eventually hear the waves crashing along the shore. Carmel has a beautiful stretch of beach, gorgeous even on a stormy afternoon. A perfect place to dip your toes in the ocean and walk along the surf.
The beach and coastline at Carmel-by-the-Sea, California
On the way back to San Francisco, rain blew parallel to the ground, flooded freeways, and uprooted ancient trees. I stopped to see another favorite stretches of coastline, in Santa Cruz. This tree has long been a favorite.
My camera got a bit wet when capturing the image, but I love what resulted.
Every time I travel to San Francisco, I fall more in love with the city, its hills, and its architecture.
We don’t build buildings like this one anymore…
The lines and angles, curves, shadows, and light — all of these make San Francisco its own.
Frills and arches, shadows and light
Inside Neiman Marcus, the beautiful ceiling
The (angel) statue on Dewey Memorial at Union Square
My favorite site, the San Francisco cable cars
Where to Eat, San Francisco
This trip, I had the privilege of tasting many great restaurants, but one I returned to because I liked it so much: Bouche. Thoroughly French, the food and wine there go perfectly with the casual, intimate atmosphere and French-accented servers.
California, I love.