Hansel & Gretel @ Carmel-by-the-Sea

Trip Start Sep 11, 2009
Trip End Oct 21, 2009

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Thursday, October 8, 2009

We got a really early start this morning, aiming for breakfast in the rich town of Carmel-by-the-Sea. It is clearly a rich town and the main street is lined with cute little Hansel-and-Gretel styled houses. It is very similar to the town of Colmar in France, except that these houses on the main street house stores like Tiffany's.

However, all that money must mean that people have later starts. We just could not find any decent cafes or bistros or restaurants for breakfast. The best we could find were coffee houses serving simple stuff like croissants and muffins. Oh well.....

We then headed down to Carmel Beach, which is a really nice, white sandy beach. Apparently, this beach is often foggy, but we were once again very lucky, and it was a clear day with blue skies and no fog.

Bored of this European-wannabe town, we made our way to the Mission San Carlos de Borromeo de Carmelo. This is the first Mission we have actually visited during our trip! Surprising, considering that California is just full of missions! Apparently, this is one of the most strikingly beautiful in California, so we decided to give it a shot.

The basilica is fairly simple, with an ornate tabernacle, but the gardens are what stood out, and was surprisingly interesting! They had many different trees in the garden, including lemon, orange, grapefruit, pomegranate and olive trees. They also had a vegetable garden, growing butternut squash, pumpkin, corn and various other vegetables. The most interesting plant was the pepper tree. I didn’t know that black pepper grew on trees! And the leaves of the pepper tree have their own zesty-peppery scent. I can’t help but wonder if these leaves would work as a herb.
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