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Pebble Beach is where I need to retire to

Now I just need the money and to learn to play golf

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A glorious day met us in Monterey for our intended drive round the ‘17 mile drive’, lunch in Carmel-by-the-sea (where Clint Eastwood was once mayor) and then drive as much south on Highway 1 as we could until the road closed signs kicked in. It’s a shocker that you have to pay nearly 10 bucks to get on to the 17 mile drive but it’s worth every ‘penny’; it’s stunning. Just stunning. The Pebble Beach area (famed for it’s PGA golf course) is the centre for the drive. The coastline is beautiful, the houses are (too) expensive but large and the whole area is just set in the most glorious place; facing out to the ocean and heavily wooded. You can understand why people live there and it got us thinking about a life plan so that we ended up with enough money to move there. The only problem would be getting residency! We nipped out of Pebble Beach and in to quant Carmel for lunch. How a place can sustain so many art galleries is beyond comprehension. There were at least 3 on every street we walked down and nobody in them. We had lunch in a ‘genuine’ English Tea shop with neither the food nor the drink being anything like an English lunch! The second bit of the 17 mile drive was less interesting than the first as it was the wooded part so I’ll skip to the section of Pacific Coast Highway 1 (the ‘Big Sur’) that we could drive…wow! Sometimes the road is straight and wide, sometimes it’s narrow and twisty but the one thing you can rely on is the Ocean is always on the right (if heading south) and the views are just amazing. You simply have to drive this route if you come to this part of the world. It’s a shame we won’t be able to drive all the way down it to Cambria but it’s the second time this trip that nature has conspired against us. That said, the bit we could do was worth the effort.

Posted by neilthelr 22:59 Archived in USA Tagged sightseeing

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