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Road Tripping From Monterrey to Carmel

Our road trip this week has 
my heart stretched
my mind cleared.

For me there is nothing like the head clearing properties
of driving amongst incredible beauty
that is exactly what the coast 
between Monterrey and Carmel truly is.
If you ever get a chance to drive the 17 miles plus
take the opportunity
you won't be disappointed.

In old Monterrey it is the washed away docks and wharfs
that the sea has taken back
since the long ago days when Monterrey was a flourishing fishing port
that fill me with wonder.

Steinbeck captures the time so hauntingly in Cannery Row
that I almost can feel the shadows of time gone by.

For me road trips amongst such beauty
feel like they free my soul from my day to day
angst and to do lists
fill me with such  immense wonder.

Being amongst such beauty
catches my soul
with the reminder and realization
that there is so much more to life than what I can see.

This is the famous 
Lone Pine
of the infamous Pebble Beach Golf Course and Resort.
It clings to the rocky point even during the most treacherous of conditions.

Further along the drive the
Pebble Beach Lounge
was a perfect destination for sunset cocktails.
Only  the golf course in  Saint Andrews in Scotland
has ever held me in such awe of the game.

We stayed in the enchanting Carmel
which always feels like a modern day storybook of a town
with it's imaginative architecture
phenomenal beauty around every corner.

If you find yourself in Carmel
Casanova is my top  restaurant recommendation. 
An intimate setting that feel like a chapter
form an impressionist artist  day.

When in Carmel walking is a perfect way to take in the surrounding beauty
where almost each house is a design inspiration.

This trip was not only beautiful
but seemed like such a life marker as well.

Not having any children at home
that we needed to get back to
was another true realization of how 
my husband and I are into our next chapter of marriage and life.
It felt a bit like the tether had been cut
we could float any which way we wanted now
as our responsibilities in child raising have been fulfilled.

We are back to being a couple.

I am  grateful our marriage
has been able to weather some pretty harsh storms
that can come with parenting.
I am so grateful to do these next chapters of life
with this man I have so much history and love for.

I realize even though we are back to being a couple
pieces of my heart will always belong to my children.
My heart has been stretched to be bigger 
than I ever expected.

For that I will always be grateful.

So for me
here's to the next chapters in life and marriage.
I have every intention
in investing  as wholeheartedly in  the times ahead
as I did  being all in
heart and soul
in raising my family.

Here's to celebrating
each season in life all in
focusing on the very best of each life chapter.

As always my friends

I wish you love and joy
as you style your life


  1. Wonderful pictures, beautiful landscapes, and an image of Tamera very happy.

    1. Thank you very much Josep-Maria for your kind words!

  2. Good Afternoon Tamera, Oh my word, I loved the photographs of your trip to Carmel. Each photograph brought a smile to my face. I loved taking a peek inside the garden gate.... what a beautiful home it is, very Mediterranean.
    Thank you for such a treat.
    Best Wishes

    1. Daphne thank you ever so much for your kind and complimentary comment my dear! Very much appreciated!

  3. Lovely trip Tamera! Your pictures are always amazing...looks like it was just what you needed!

    1. It is always so refreshing to see such majestic beauty in the world!

  4. Nothing beats going on road trips with your number one pal and lover

  5. What beautiful photos, Tamera! That's area of California is one of my favorites. You and your husband are such a beautiful couple and look still so much in love. Have a wonderful weekend!

    1. Thank you very much use femme! i am so excited to follow along on another of your Parisian adventures!

  6. Tamera - Thank you for sharing the photos of Carmel. We rent a home every October on scenic and it's my favorite month of the year. It's when I review my life and make plans - kind of my resolution time. I've been reading your blog from the beginning - still reading but there is so much I can relate to. Thank you again for the photos. Carmel is a magical place.

    1. Julie what a spectacular place to review your life and make new plans! I can only imagine how magical Carmel must be in the fall! Thank you for your kind words regarding my blog … and for sharing your beautiful story!

  7. One of your best posts ever! My husband and I also began a new chapter in our lives. We are also blessed to have survived the perils of child rearing. And as much as we love our children, it's a wonderful feeling to get back to being a couple again!

    1. Thank you very much for your kind words! Life certainly is all about continual transitions! So happy to hear you are in the process of savoring your latest chapter!

  8. Tamera you and Jeff are an incredible couple ( and yes I know like every couple you have had your challenges).
    I love that you do so very much together as many couples go their separate ways! Oh and the 17 mole drive is one of the most gorgeous ocean drives in the world to me!!

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    1. Thank you Karena for your kind words! I am certainly looking forward to seeing you at Andrea's on Saturday!