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Saturday, March 24, 2012

~ Monterey Bay, California ~

For over 30 years, our home was 15 minutes or less from this magnificant beauty!
These two photos were taken in the parking lot of the Monterey Beach Hotel, the first hotel allowed to be built on the beach in the Bay.  I worked here for several years.  First as the Executive Secretary for the General Manager.  Then as Assistant to the Owner of the properties.   Yeah, this was a tough place to work!  I had lunch every day overlooking this beauty!  These photos face west, and south west.
This was taken from the other side of the Bay facing east.  Yesterday was one of those beautiful sunny days on the Bay!
Taken from the Southwestern side of the Bay, although not clear, show the mountains around Santa Cruz!

A beautiful Cypress Tree right on the ocean front!

Monterey Harbor and Fisherman's Wharf.

So why ever move from such a beautiful place?   With the year round temperature average of 65 to 68 degrees, mostly foggy, almost always damp weather?  I mean - in the winter, when much of the country is freezing their toes off, and in the summer, others could fry eggs on the sidewalk, everyone loves the Coastal areas! 
Well, we move because we found another beautiful place to live - El Paseo de Robles.  We actually have seasons and we love it.  We have nice hot summers, with some days well over 100, and some freezing temperatures during the winter.  But for the most part, we have a little piece of heaven here on earth, and we love it.  We're still close to the beach, should we want to go - 40 minutes or so.  Close to the National Forests, just a couple of hours.  We still live in the Salad Bowl of the World, so our produce is wonderful!
So for now, we're Californians, and will stay in California.  Always?  Probably not ~ not to a snowy area though as my Sweetie grew up around the Boston area and says he will never shovel snow again, it's why he moved to California.  For now, here we are.   In the "new" wine country!  he he he!
Have a wonderful Sunday, and a wonderful new week!


  1. Donna what a beautiful sight. I love the ocean and sure do miss it. The sights the smells, the sound of the waves crashing. I love to find treasures while walking along the waters edge. Sea glass is one of my favorite things to find from the sea.


  2. What a beautiful area, Donna. It must have been a wonderful place to live and work. I love the ocean and it is the thing I live most living in the Midwest. We do have the great lakes but they lack the "smells" of salt water...although sometimes it has the "feel" of the ocean when the waves are crashing in. Blessings to you today- we are off to pack more stuff up~ xo Diana

  3. Such beautiful photos. It looks like a lovely place to live and work. I would love to live by the ocean...feeling the breezes and smelling that salt in the air. I hope you have a wonderful day, Donna! *HUGS*

  4. How amazing! You live in such a wonderful place! I'd love to live by the ocean, too... What a blessing! Thank you for sharing these beautiful photos with us!
    Have a gorgeous day!
    Much love,
    LS xoxoxoxoxo

  5. Hi Donna
    I can understand perfectly why you did the move and now you have all seasons probably to enjoy! Like you we live inland from the ocean which is 8K away in the most temperate climate in the world and it is divinely beautiful.
    Thanks for visiting my friend and leaving such a lovely comment.
    Continued blessings to you also,

  6. Hi Donna,

    Stunning photos! I could see why someone would want to live by the ocean. How nice to be able to work in such a beautiful place.

  7. Beautiful!
    God's creations always take my breath away.

  8. Wow its beautiful and I love to see pictures of America, I have never visited but each place is so very different. I love the coastal pics the sand looks so fine too
    hugs June xxxxx