Friday, March 6, 2015

monterey & the aquarium

we ended our carmel getaway in the 
neighboring town of monterey . . . it's such
a fun place with the wharf, shops, beaches,
& of course the famous monterey bay 
aquarium! it's a fun town that contrasts with
quiet carmel, so it's fun that they're close by.

we had sunny, beautiful weather so we strolled cannery row
 for a while, popping into shops and stopping for treats.

we headed down to the wharf for lunch and walked along 
the docks reading boat names .. my favorite harbor activity :)
when in monterey . . . you get the classic 
clam chowder in a bread bowl. hits the spot!
we strolled the wharf and then headed to ::
one of the most famous aquariums on earth!

why is this such a great aquarium, you ask?
it is set in an amazing location with some of the best
marine life naturally there. the exhibits are done in a 
very natural way, where you feel like you are in the ocean!
it is huge, with so much to see and so many experts and
presentations with things to learn. it's very well done.
the jellyfish exhibit >>> AMAZING. i had to pry myself
away from the windows finally! they display them so well.
talk about a school of fish! ^^
this exhibit shows the beauty of the ocean ..
the natural colors, fish, plants, and water with 
sunlight streaming through was jaw-dropping. 

chase led me all around this place so excited to learn
everything. i love that about him, he is interested in so
many things and makes visits like this fun.

the penguins!! one of the cutest animals to watch!
we also LOVED seeing the sea otters get fed. cutest thing.

this is taken out the window of the aquarium --
it is a pretty incredible location, i'd say! 
the octopus was moving all over the place . . .
what a strange, amazing, cool animal.

see more from carmel: 
carmeland our lovely hotel by the beach.

as you can see by dusty's face, we clearly had
a good time in monterey :) we love this area!



  1. Carmel looks idyllic! These are all such cute photos. Also, that clam chowder looks *amazing* - I want some now!

    Miranda xxx

  2. I love the Monterey Bay Aquarium, well all aquariums really. That one was on my bucket list of aquariums to see lol-glad to see that you guys. I linked our visit there below

  3. Aquariums are one of my favorite places to visit in a new city (we went to the one in ATL during our honeymoon!)... and that bread bowl is giving me cravings! Yum

  4. My best friend lives in Monterey and I have heard awesome things about this aquarium. :)

  5. I'm planning a girls weekend trip to Carmel around my birthday. I've been there before only a few months ago but I can't wait to go back. I also need to plan a trip HERE.

  6. when in the bay area, get the clam chowder bread bowl! especially from boudin mmmm :)

    xo, k
    pocket of blossoms

  7. I can't get over that school of fish! Must have been awesome to see in-person!

  8. Looks like such a fun trip!

  9. Wow look at those jellyfish! So much fun. You two are the cutest couple, and I just love reading about all these adventures you go on!

  10. That clam chowder and bread looks amazing! I love how you make the most of your country!! Beautiful photos as always!

  11. I love that we were in Carmel and Monterey together just last year. I am hungry for a bread bowl with clam chowder....with you guys! The octopus is so amazing in your pictures!


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