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Carmel: Clint's Bridges

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An August 2001 trip to Carmel by Ishtar

Picadilly Park Photo, Carmel, California More Photos
Quote: Carmel should have been the setting for Bridges of Madison County; Clint could take pictures of Meryl in any setting: bohemian, artistic, panoramic, seaside, or in a secluded alleyway. Together, they would walk along Scenic Road, and he¡¦d open a photo gallery in one of the city¡¦s many arcades.

Carmel: Clint's Bridges

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Overview

Picadilly Park Photo, Carmel, California
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Carmel is the utopian mecca of the rich; just look at the streets and you'll get a lesson in imported car names. It's an oasis for the cultured and the talented; if you go through town, there will be more galleries per square foot than anywhere else I've been. (including New York's Soho). It's more a village than a city because of its quaintness and manicured look. You can delight at the architecture by way of Hugh Comstock's cottages, known as Carmel's builder of dreams. Indeed. There are a number of parks throughout the area, all qualifiers for beauty contests. The food is served with pride and is health conscious; the citizens of Carmel are participants in civic activities. There is a sens...Read More

Cornucopia Market

Restaurant | "Cornucopia Café"

Cornucopia Market Photo, Carmel, California
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Cornucopia Café is a combination experience of Trader Joe's and a vegetarian restaurant. It's one of those places I would visit, even if I didn't need to. It is not just an eatery, but a health food market as well, and it has quite an impressive assortment of premium health brands like Tofurky (as in Tofu-Turkey), Urban Accents (spices), Pure T (guess?), Allegro ready-to-go foods, nutritional supplements (i.e. vitamins, herbs) and beauty products (I like the brand "Kiss my Face" - it has simple and clean packaging). If you've been to Ziggara in Cherry Hill, then you will understand what this place is like, perhaps on a slightly smaller scale. If you have no time, nor the desire to cook you can come...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on September 26, 2001

Cornucopia Market
26135 Carmel Rancho Boulevard
Carmel, California 93923
(831) 625-1454

Crossroads Shopping Village Photo, Carmel, California
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An oasis in the desert, except there is no desert. The most striking thing about it are the flowers, cascading their glorious colors on each side of the walkways. We stopped here to find the chamber of commerce for some lodging information. I got out first to check around while Chuck was continuing to make phone calls in the area to find a room. As I made my way from the parking lot, there were 2 women dining al fresco at Chevy's Fresh Mex Restaurant which is right on the corner. The music found my ears, and I forgot all about the lodging question. Midway through the crosswalk was a large stand-alone board with a number of hotel and b & b suggestions. Two couples were standing nearby, apparently a...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on September 22, 2001

Crossroads Shopping Village
At the corner of Highway One and Rio Road
Carmel, California 93923
+1 831 625 4106

Carmel Mission

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Attraction

Carmel Mission Photo, Carmel, California
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Father Junipero Serra was buried here in 1784, and you can see his grave where a statue replica of his body is flanked by two priests at opposite ends. It's an impressive sculpture. He is responsible for the creation of the string of California Missions. The Mission grounds and the two basilicas it contains are beautiful. The grounds are lovingly cared for, and there are inscriptions in appointed places to inform you what was used for what, and tiled religious icons throughout the gardens.There needs to be a foot note here however, that since visiting the mission in San Antonio, I've come away with the certainty that these enclaves were more like prisons than anything else. It seemed that ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 20, 2001

Carmel Mission
3080 Rio Road
Carmel, California 93923
(831) 624-3600

Barnyard

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Attraction | "Barnyard Shopping Center"

Barnyard Photo, Carmel, California
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Rustic and very green; these structures are actual barns that house clothing, jewelry, bookstores, restaurants and gift shops. It's built on several levels with small hills and stairways, and beds of succulent plants and glorious flowers. I was immediately drawn to the first shop facing the large parking lot as they displayed some wind chimes and water fountains by their wide open doors. Succulent Gardens & Gifts is a place that needs to be savored slowly, one shelf at a time, lest you miss something exquisitely ingenious. The fountains are in the front as they ought to be, and they are taking some incredible creative license with their design. There is also garden furniture, pots and pottery,...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on September 20, 2001

Barnyard
At the corner of Highway 1 and Carmel Valley Road
Carmel, California 93923
+1 831 624 8886

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Ishtar

Ishtar
Bayside, New York