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Category Archives: Central coast of California

We took a little trip to the coast. This time to Monterey, Pacific Grove and Carmel. Dinner on  Monterey Fisherman’s Wharf was nice and of course we had seafood after several free samples of Clam Chowder.

By the time we had finished dinner the cold breeze came in, so it was time to call it a night. After traveling and walking on the wharf we were beat.

In the morning we drove about 10 minutes to Pacific Grove, which is one of my favorite places. The quaint, colorful houses are such a treat to see.

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Wow, this is what I call color!

Many of the homes have plaques in the front giving the date when they were built and who the original home owners were.

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This yellow one is the Seven Gables Bed and Breakfast. If you make reservations it has to be done months in advance and it faces the ocean. Beautiful!

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My hubby, the good sport, drove me up and down the narrow streets so I could get my pictures.

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The homes are kept neat and their yards are immaculate. How I wish we could afford one.

Pacific Grove is best known for the Monarch butterflies that visit to escape the cold winter from October to March.

There’s a bike and walking trail along the coastline that is mostly rocks, which tempt people to climb them, but unfortunately  people have lost their lives because of high surfs coming in at times causing them to fall into the rough waters.

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And here’s good sport hubby, resting along the way.♥♥

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This gorgeous plant, called Pride of Madeira, was also a great visual treat.♥♥


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This past weekend we traveled to the central coast of California.  We were in Ventura and Oxnard and I was pleasantly surprised with what there was to see.

Although we were there for a soccer tournament  we still had a chance to be tourists.  The Ventura Harbor Village offers quite a visual of  boats, large and small. This one was called the Dragon Lady.

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Of course the little shops are full of pricey items . My favorite was a hat shop. I felt like Audrey Hepburn in this one.

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This one was too orange for me, but still very pretty.

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If you’re an outlet shopper you must go to the Camarrillo outlet center, which has over 100 stores, but be prepared, parking was a chore,  and I’m thinking you’ll need at least 2 days to visit all the shops.

Sadly, we ran out of time. So many things were left unseen;  maybe next time we’ll have more time.

“Wherever you go, go with all your heart.”—Confucius



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