Trip Start May 03, 2013
Trip End May 25, 2013

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Flag of United States  , California
Sunday, May 12, 2013

Our hotel was ok, I think we'd been spoilt with the Grand Hyatt.  There was a big, rustic four poster bed and a nice little balcony to sit out on, but not much of a view.  It was adequate.  It was Sunday and it was Mothers' Day so I think the place was a little busier than normal.  The mist had gone, although we could see it across the bay, and the sun was out.  The shorts were dug out of the case and legs were bared. Although there was a sneaky cool breeze it was finally a nice, sunny day and we hadn't seen one of these since New York.

As we made our way to the marina area we passed through a craft market, some nice things but a bit pricey, especially some amazing photos by a local man.  As you approach the marina you can hear the seals who live around the Fisherman's Wharf area next to the marina.  Lots of honking and barking and other weird noises going on.

We strolled around the Fisherman's Wharf pier; it's probably a quarter of the size of the one in San Francisco but it's got the usual souvenir shops, seafood stalls and restaurants.  Near the end it spurs off to the right and there's a viewing area where you can watch the seals sunbathing on a wooden platform. They seem to be fighting for space on the platform with some seals balancing themselves on the rail around the edge.  

Although I loved watching the seals I had my day made when two sea otters appeared, floating on their backs eating. There are so cute.

We walked further on, it's really pleasant area with a lovely golden sandy beach cove to one side and another marina.  As you look out to sea it's just possible to make out more sea otters wrapped up in the kelp. The path eventually takes you to Cannery Row, an area made famous by the author John Steinbeck.  Here are shops, restaurants etc., and at the end is the Monterey Bay Aquarium.  It was busy but we managed to look around and see everything.  There's an amazing jellyfish display here.

Monterey is a really nice town, very clean and tidy and has a feeling of Amity Island about it, without the killer sharks, but who knows?

When we got back to the hotel I realised how sneaky that sea breeze had been.  My arms and the backs of my legs were glowing red.  Oops!
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Morgan on

Nice pic's like the sunbathing seal on the rock

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