Day 81: Carmel by the Sea

Trip Start Jul 01, 2008
Trip End Sep 27, 2008

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Flag of United States  , California
Friday, September 19, 2008

California traffic had us moving very slowly along the 101 to Carmel, so we crawled into Monterey late and hungry. Not wanting a hamburger or pizza or chicken strips, we drove 'round and around trying to find a bowl of pasta, but the only Italian we could find open had pristine white tablecloths and flickering table candles, and at the end of a long day we were not looking at all elegant or well behaved. Accosting a hotel worker to aid in our search, he recommended his hotel restaurant, which probably wasn't the cheapest option but did give us pasta and soup and an ambience that seemed more in keeping with our attitude. 
Driving into Carmel by the Sea at night was dark, really dark, as if the residents have opposed street lighting in an effort to confuse tourists, so finding our way to the hotel took away much of our patience and good humour, but it turned out to be a comfortable night in yet another Best Western.
There isn't much to say of Carmel, other than it is a lovely place to wander and window shop, and the beach with the view across to Pebble Beach Golf Course remains as idyllic as ever. Daniel & Aviva had a great time on a sand bar that was flooded every now and again by the crashing waves, but Tom refused to go anywhere near the water, preferring to throw sand up the hill. Matt looked wistfully across the bay and made mental calculations as to when he would be back with his clubs.
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