Monday, September 1, 2014

east of eden {carmel travel diary}

"I want to describe the Salinas Valley in detail but in sparse detail so that there can be a real feeling of it. It should be sights and sounds, smells and colors but put down in simplicity..."
-- John Steinbeck, The East of Eden Letters

In high school, I went through a big John Steinbeck phase. Naturally, it started with Of Mice and Men (which I read and reread to this day and yes, it still makes me cry) but then I quickly devoured my way through his other works. East of Eden. The Grapes of Wrath. Tortilla Flat. And while his characters inevitably stole my heart, I think I've always most admired his ability to evoke a vivid sense of time and place, particularly summer in Salinas Valley, just a few hours south of San Francisco. 

The rolling farm lands, sweeping coastlines and the feeling of lingering dusk after a hard day's work. Whenever I drive down Highway 1, I like to think of how Steinbeck viewed California. Wildly romantic and with so much promise. (Personally, I don't think much has changed!)

This past weekend, I hopped down the coast and along the Salinas Valley to Carmel to unwind before flying out again, this time to Turkey. It was the perfect excuse to recharge, regroup and just be. Hopefully this travel diary does the sights, sounds, smells and colors justice. Enjoy!


  1. so nice pics!!;-)


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  2. Beautiful travel diary! Loved this post!

  3. Such great pics!!
    XOX, Gap.

  4. These photos are awesome! I'm sorry to say that I never enjoyed Of Mice and Men. That's maybe just because of the way our teacher taught it though. Perhaps I'll give some of his other stuff a go. I love those purple petals. Looks like it is a place full of joys for all the senses.

  5. These pictures are stunning! Such a beautiful collection of details. What a paradise!

  6. These are absolutely beautiful pictures!
    Wish I was there now!

  7. I got married in Carmel - I couldn't agree more. Beautiful photos - perhaps my favorite post to date. Thank you.


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