The whole object of travel is not to set foot on foreign land; it is at last to set foot on one’s own country as a foreign land.” – G.K. Chesterton

Monday, 9 November 2015

The Beauty of Monterey Bay Part II: 17-Mile Drive, Fisherman's Wharf, and a beach wedding

My second installment of the beautiful Monterey Bay brings you more photos of gorgeous scenery, brilliant blue skies and the amazing Californian coastline. Travelling to California made me miss our hometown of Perth, which has similar clear weather, great surf and the best sandy beaches (and I've been to a few beaches around the world). We began our second day in Monterey with a scenic drive through the 17-Mile Drive. We stopped often along the way for photos of the breathtaking scenery, and the kids were delighted to encounter ground squirrels at one of the stops towards the end of the drive.

The view from the car at the start of the 17-Mile Drive:

Click on the following three images for larger panoramic view:

Ground squirrels! They were quite tame, coming up quite close to us humans (no doubt hoping for food):

The aptly named Seal Rock, dotted with hundreds of seals sunning themselves:

The Lone Cypress:

After the 17-Mile Drive, we headed to Fisherman's Wharf for lunch, and we encountered the Old Fisherman's Grotto's controversial child policy sign outside the restaurant - made it easy for us to tick that restaurant off our list for our lunch options!

Hubby and the kids posing for the photo somewhere in there:

The Old Fisherman's Grotto is not somewhere to dine with kids:

The following day was our final day in the Monterey Bay area, and we attended our first beach wedding! Lovely weather to match the wonderful wedding service.

Beautiful beach wedding at Carmel-by-the-Sea:

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