Gorgeous Carmel! Clint Eastwood was once the mayor, and the houses look fit for Hobbits, with thatched roofs and English gardens. We did not see a lawn anywhere! People were out at the beach, wading in the cold Pacific, even though there were signs posted saying that swimming or wading was “dangerous” – !!!
The first two photos are typical downtown stores along Ocean Avenue, and the third is a bakery and coffee shop with an exquisite window display. Ocean Avenue leads down to the beach, and more photos of the wild central/northern coast. The orange flowers are California poppies; the purple, seen along all of the roads, is the Pride of Madeira, a flowering shrub.