The condo we traded for is AWESOME! Not 1 block to "the" ocean, as we had thought, but 1 block to "Ocean" the main street in Carmel! We are actually about 8 short blocks from "the" ocean -- but spent several hours there today -- the weather was incredible! We are right in the thick of things. On Mission St. in a darling condo over top of shops. Definitely an "inner city" experience -- even in Carmel. We share the courtyard with a restaurant that is open for breakfast and lunch only -- the fan on the roof, right by our bedroom starts at 6:00AM! Maybe I'll finally get up early and get some writing done!
Carmel defines the words quaint, upscale, and unique! Not a McDonalds or Safeway in sight (YEA!) - every store is either locally owned or a very scaled down national chain -- and only the best "get in" here. Coach, Saks, Banana Republic, Robert Talbotts (the tie people - HQ just up the road - Phil made me include them) -- but they blend in just like all the other small shops.
Parking is very tight here - we have "landed" the van about 4 blocks from the condo -- and plan to leave it there til we leave! We've made 2 trips up there already today - think we may have completely unloaded the Van in to the Condo. We can walk about 1/2 mile to Pebble Beach Golf Course. Spent our first day here walking the town (and getting my glasses fixed - Phil sat on them in the Van in Trinadad (now we know why bringing an extra set of glasses was highly recommended!) - had to order a new piece - it will be here Thursday). We also spent a couple of hours at the beach just people watching. Of course Phil chatted with everyone -- and even managed to talked a couple of guys into driving us up the hill back to our condo! Will it never stop!