EXPLORE WITH ME: CARMEL, CA

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I have always loved historical towns. I think it is so amazing that we still get to explore places that have been part of our history for centuries. I am always in awe of the craftsmanship, artistry, architecture and of course, all the stories behind small historical towns. 

This year, Pedro and I wanted to start exploring California as we are new here. And one of the places I wanted to visit the most was Carmel. It is located on the Pacific coast, about 330 miles north of Los Angeles and 120 miles south of San Francisco. Carmel has a very distinct Spanish style as you can see in my photos. The entire town is so quaint and peaceful giving you a chance to truly relax and enjoy your stay. I noticed that the town is very dog-friendly and most hotels accommodate travelers with their 4-legged babies. I am definitely bringing Polo with us next time we come here. Carmel has many art galleries and I believe it was developed by artists, hence why art is heavily promoted here. I also liked the fact that life here doesn't start until every resident of Carmel has had their morning cup of coffee. It's so cute to see everyone going to their local coffee shop with their little furry friends. Such a good way to start the day! 

All in all, I loved my trip to Carmel and would go back in a heartbeat. Here are some of my favorite highlight of things to do in Carmel/Monterey: everything in this list in clickable for more info, in case you want to read more about a specific place, so you are welcome! haha

1. Point Lobos Natural Reserve

2. Casanova Restaurant (Van Gogh diner here)

3. Ocean Avenue (cute local shops)

4. Carmel Mission (historical preserve)

5. Carmel Beach (stunning, stunning sunsets)

6. 17-Mile Drive (try to do this in an open car or just roll down all the windows, trust!) (and def wait until the end to see the Lone Cypress -- it's a NorCal classic)

7. Monterey Bay Aquarium

 

8. Monterey Fish House (hands down, the best seafood I have ever eaten, LIKE EVER)!

I really hope these will come in handy if you're planning a trip to Carmel or Monterey. As for my outfit, I am wearing this stunning Hazel and Folk dress that you can see HERE. And I paired it with my favorite rattan bag from NusaLuna that you can shop HERE. And for shoes, I chose and old pair of nude chunky heel sandals from BCBGeneration and I also threw on some vintage sunglasses from Forever 21 that you can snatch HERE. 

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Thanks for joining me today. Until next time, be good and do good.

xx,

aida

Photography: Pedro Vianna @pedro.g.vianna