Sunday, March 23, 2014

Carmel Beach and Mission

 
Carmel beckoned Lys and me to her beaches yesterday afternoon.  We took a nice walk along the path overlooking the ocean, where the smell of salt air and rhythm of the ocean waves greeted us in full spring glory.
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The waters were filled with surfers, the sand dotted with kite flyers, dog walkers, and picnics.  Looking north, Pebble Beach jutted out into the bay....
 
 
We loved the cypress trees providing peek-a-boo views...
glimpses of wildflowers....
and were especially excited to spot a hummingbird enjoying these beautiful purple blossoms, just three feet away from us...
 Can you see the hummer right in the middle of the photo below?
Across the road were houses with magnificent ocean views.  This house caught our eye, capturing the fairy tale cottage feel, typical of Hugh Comstock's architecture from the 1920's.  You see these lovely storybook homes and shops sprinkled throughout Carmel.
Finishing our walk, we started home and as we came upon the Carmel Mission, decided to stop for an impromptu walk through the mission.  The mission was built in the 1770's.  Gracing the grounds are pretty gardens and nooks and crannies with statues of Father Junipero Serra, the head of the mission in the 1770's.
 
Friends of our's were married in this old, historic church several years ago....
 I remembered the bride walking down this aisle....


Continuing the tour through the old mission rooms, we found the bedrooms and salon, 
with the Spanish architecture touches.
 
 Outside again, the courtyard provided a better view of the bell tower.
 
 
And then it was time to head home at last.  Have you re-discovered treasures in your own backyard lately?

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