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Monterey Peninsula

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A November 2001 trip to Monterey by Ishtar

Flower in my hair Photo, Monterey, California More Photos
Quote: Chuck spent most of his life in California, and we drove to Monterey so I could retrace his footsteps with him. I have updated this with some new pictures of Alvarado Street

Monterey Peninsula

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Flower in my hair Photo, Monterey, California
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The drive to Monterey is enchanting. As there are 2 ways to go, we changed our route on the way back up. It's even nicer if you have a convertible, and the weather is on your side. Garlic lovers of the world, unite in Gilroy! Carmel is a little jewel of a city; don't miss it. Make sure you see the mission there as well. Likewise with Pacific Grove, and oh! those cypress trees. Take the 17 Mile drive at Pebble Beach. Visit Cannery Row in Monterey and have lunch there. Try an authentic taqueria; the food tastes better here than back East for sure! The Crossroads Shopping Center in Carmel looks like a botanical installation. There are also several wine tasting rooms, if you are a connoisseur.Quick ...Read More

Padre Oaks Motel

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Hotel | "Padre Oaks"

Padre Oaks Motel Photo, Monterey, California
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We were finally able to get a room here for $175 for the night, but did not plan on staying any longer. Most places wanted around $150, but at this hour, the man at the desk knew he could have asked for just about any price.I was able to catch a pool on the right side of the registration office. Everthing had flowers around it, and the rooms, all first level, had baskets of cascading red blooms all around. Our room was behind an old, splendid palm tree that seemed to be bowing forward. The facilities were extremely clean and typical summer resort. Blond furniture offset by bright green carpeting, and green and peach printed drapes. Table by the window with 2 chairs, coffee making facilities with an...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on August 15, 2001

Padre Oaks Motel
1278 Munras Avenue
Monterey, California 93940
(831) 375-9722

Crown and Anchor

Restaurant | "The Crown & Anchor"

Crown and Anchor Photo, Monterey, California
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This British pub is right off Alvarado Street and one of the few eateries that are open till midnight. We had a late dinner there. Their menu offers mostly meat dishes, including juicy hamburgers with bacon and cheese toppings. I killed the bacon on mine. Fries are huge and well prepared. Dinner for 2 was about $20. Our server was a very friendly young woman who kept calling us "you guys". Booths are romantic with mini-bulbs lighting the area. High, dark-wooden back seats add to the ambience. Center tables are reserved for large and noisy groups. Also offer some traditional British fare as fish'n'chips, corned beef and cabbage and a vegetarian burger. Draft beer naturally, tons of wine and I had m...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 16, 2001

Crown and Anchor
150 West Franklin St
Monterey, California 93940
+1 831 649 6496

Papa Chano's

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Restaurant | "Papa Chanos"

Papa Chano's Photo, Monterey, California
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We were attracted by the bright yellow color of this taqueria, so we decided to eat there. You don't need reservations. Owned by 3 brothers who learned their cooking skills from grandpa in their hometown of Mexico. The menu is clearly displayed on the walls and prices are quite reasonable. Everything is freshly prepared and the side bar supplies the salsas, salads and other condiments. I had a quesadilla deluxe and Chuck had tacos with the whole "enchilada" so to speak. Food was excellent accompanied by toe-tapping latino music. Nightlife pulsates on both Alvarado Street and Lighthouse Avenue in Monterey. You'll find dozens of eateries, cafés, comedy clubs, and bookstores that stay open late. The ...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on August 15, 2001

Papa Chano's
462 Alvarado Street
Monterey, California 93940
(831) 646-9587

Cannery Row District

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Attraction | "The Cannery"

Cannery Row District Photo, Monterey, California
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Went into the Ansel Adams Gallery. A veritable feast for the eyes. There were other black/white photographs displayed as well as sculptures, blown glass pieces, paper art, art books, calendars, fountains etc. The photo of the gallery you'll see is by Ben Crosby. It gives you a flavor of what's under the roof of America's most renown photographer. Another shop that we stopped at, and browsed for at least one hour, was an import warehouse that had some of their goods displayed on the steps leading to the entrance. It was easy to tell that most of it came from Southeast Asia, and Chuck and I immediately headed there. We found and recognized some treasures from Bali; there were some new things as well...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 18, 2001

Cannery Row District
Cannery Row
Monterey, California

Rolling Down Highway 101

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Row of Flowers Photo, Monterey, California
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As we continued our way south, we began to see some farm/fruit stands offering cherries and other goodies. How could I resist? I picked up one bag which felt like about a lb. or so for $5. Also, they were offering caramel nut bars, pistachios with garlic, without garlic,(that's a first for me, but then again, with Gilroy nearby, I understood)overripe mangoes for 75 cents a piece, peaches, and licorice in colors other than traditional black or red. I took one of them for Chuck, the licorice kid. As we pulled out, we were enjoying the sweet juiciness of some great cherries. Not a rotten one in the lot! Signs for Monterey began to appear, and so did the fog which was coming over from the Pacific Oce...Read More
The Aquarium Photo, Monterey, California
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Places like the Monterey Peninsula always give you reasons for going back; the primordial one is the elements of sea, rock, sky, and fauna. But here are some of the things we never got around to experiencing which I want to list, not only as a recommendation to you, but as a memorandum to myself for my next visit. By the way, the famed Monterey Jazz Festival is next month, along with the Reggae Festival, an outdoor art festival among others; this makes September a good target month for the next visit. There was a company in Pacific Grove, behind the cannery, that rents exotic cars which look like ex-calibers to me. Of course, I am not a motor vehicle expert, but they do have that look, and it would...Read More

Strolling on Alvarado Street

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Sign of the Famed Street Photo, Monterey, California
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Alvarado Street is Monterey's "corazon". I learned that Monterey was California's first capital. Just as there are many things here that I wished we had seen, such as the Monterey Museum of Art, there are other things that we bumped into during our inumerable walks.Monterey has also acquired an international flavor brought about by the likes of Mexican, Asian, and Arab immigrants. You can hear foreign languages being spoken in the streets, and Latino music is ubiquitous in certain areas. The blond hair, blue eyed stereotypic Californian is being eclipsed by more exotic looking beings. One evening we visited Bay Books at 316 Alvarado Street (831)375-1855 which was touted in one of the local newspape...Read More