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...Carmel-by-the-Sea
and the Carmel Mission
Carmel-by-the-Sea

It would have been pretty easy spending the day gawking over the homes along the coast in Carmel-by-the-Sea, a town of around 4,000 most known for its flare for the arts. It sits on the south end of the Monterey peninsula.

The Carmel Mission, one of the more popular pilgrimage sites in the U.S., was founded in 1770. Its rich history is chronicled within its walls. A couple hours of touring the mission and its courtyard is time well spent.

Carmel-by-the-Sea
Carmel-by-the-Sea
The Carmel River originates in the Santa Lucia mountains, travels some 36 miles through the valley, then empties here at the ocean just south of the town. A small park called the Carmel River Lagoon and Wetlands Natural Preserve marks the spot.
Carmel-by-the-Sea
Carmel-by-the-Sea
Wow! What I would have given to see inside some (all!!) of Carmel's gorgeous, gorgeous homes.
Carmel-by-the-Sea beach
Carmel-by-the-Sea
Carmel-by-the-Sea house
Carmel-by-the-Sea
Carmel-by-the-Sea house
The Carmel Mission
Carmel's beach
The front facade of the Carmel Mission
The Carmel Mission
The Carmel Mission
The Carmel Mission
The Carmel Mission
The Carmel Mission
The Carmel Mission
The Carmel Mission
The Carmel Mission

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The Carmel Mission
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