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Monterey, California

Whenever I travel, I always like knocking out two (or more) birds in one stone (what a morbid idiomatic expression!). That isn’t seem to be the case with me and Monterey, Ca. Whenever I hit the road, I never had a concrete plan on my stops. Maybe I stop by Half Moon Bay. Maybe it’s time for me to hit Morro Bay. Maybe a quickie in Carmel will do for my travel fix (awful euphemism, Rommel, way to go). Monterey Bay seems to be always drawing me in whenever I pass by its sign when I approach the peninsula. And everytime, it’s as if Monterey teases me into just hitting one major spot at a time so I can come back to it again. The first time was the best aquarium in by book, Monterey Bay Aquarium.

The second time, returning back South, I went to the California’s lesser-known Old Fisherman’s Wharf. 1150363_514124395334267_2101044647_n 1011497_514124385334268_1379278867_n 1146676_514124412000932_852254887_n 1094991_514124368667603_1158741481_n

Last month, I hung out at Pacific Grove and the pier.

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  1. Amy says:

    I love Monterey Bay and Carmel! Wish to see the Bay again someday. Awesome photos of the beautiful place. Thank you, Rommel!

  2. Magie says:

    Beautiful photos. I love the aquarium, especially the jellyfish and otters. Always a treat to follow your posts.

  3. Ingrid says:

    The jellyfish photos are great but love that sea turtle.🙂

  4. ~Felicia~ says:


    Those are some awesome pics! I was in Cali one year ago today! Didn’t visit there…😦

  5. Wonderful photos! You’ve captured some really love shots of a wonderful part of the state! I love Pacific Grove. My best friend lived in Monterey when my children were small and we spent a lot of time time there. There is so much wonderful history. We haven’t been for some time…you may have given me a little spark of inspiration to return before long. It’s really beautiful in October.🙂

  6. Lucid Gypsy says:

    Wonderful as always🙂

  7. I love Monterey! It’s one of my absolute favorite spots in California. The aquarium is so much fun. Great shots of the jellyfish!

  8. Sunshine says:

    that fish…what an expression it swims around with!🙂 your mini photo tour–delightful! if i had to select my favorite ones it would have to be those two fog/cloud in the background, the grooming pelican🙂, and, of course, the cute fish.😆

  9. placestheygo says:

    We spent a week in Monterey Bay last summer. What a wonderful, beautiful place! I couldn’t get enough of those seals. And that aquarium was so much fun. Love the jelly fish which was the feature at the time. The weather was cool and sunny which we appreciated after weeks at 100 degrees.

  10. LuAnn says:

    One word…SPECTACULAR!😀

  11. Now read Steinbeck’s Cannery Row🙂

    • rommel says:

      Done. The first time I was, I didn’t know about his statue there. So actually time around, my most major goal was to take a picture Steinbeck. Of Mice and Men is simply my most favorite novel.

      So so Glad you noticed him.😀

  12. JAG says:

    These are breath-taking! Thank you for sharing this.🙂

  13. Debra Kolkka says:

    What a beautiful place.

  14. I love this area and hope to see it again someday. I’ve driven the highway that goes through Big Sur and this area.

  15. cocomino says:

    How beautiful. There are great fish in the sea.😀

  16. Fresh Ginger says:

    I wish the turtles would have posed as well for my camera as they did for yours on our visit. Nicely done.

    • rommel says:

      Oh I remember the picture-taking part of the turtles. Was hard for some reason. First. It’s quite popular so I have to wait for other people to clear out. Then, the turtle won’t stay out of the edge the aquarium. You can see in the picture that its hand is cut off. It just wont cooperate for me to picture it where it’s in the middle of the tank. Well, I’m glad it turned out just fine.😀

      Thanks for the visit. I’m sure you had fun there.

  17. Alissa Kirkwood says:

    Oh wow, those snapshots just make me want to fly over right this instance😀 Even though the flight would be around 10 hours, I definitely think it would be worth it!

    • rommel says:

      I feel you. Everytime I see a travel post that I like, i feel like just really catch the red eye or hop on the midnight train and daydream of going at the drop of a hat.

  18. hermitsdoor says:

    Halfmoon Bay to Moro Bay… quiet a bit of distance between the two. We will be driving the coast in a couple of weeks.

  19. I have watched you become an accomplished photographer. Have you taken any classes?

  20. hermitsdoor says:

    We have been in Monterey-Carmel area for the weekend. We head south on Highway 1 through Big Sur area today.

  21. adinparadise says:

    Fabulous photos, Rommel. i love that sculpture of the fisherman with his net. I’d love to go back there again some day soon.🙂

  22. sandradan1 says:

    Beautiful, this time last year we were there. Your photos brought back some happy memories. Thanks. SD

    • rommel says:

      Thanks sandradan for the comment and visit. Nice choice of location to go to on this side of the globe. I, myself, have been to Andalusia region before.😉

  23. Angeline M says:

    You have been a great representative for Northern California!

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