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Carmel by the Sea

James Andrew, Carmel-by-the-Sea

James Andrew, Carmel-by-the-Sea

The idyllic Carmel-by-the-Sea is just about two and a half hours drive south of San Francisco – It’s a charming little village with some truly unique fairy tale architecture. On our way there, we stopped for lunch at the legendary Duarte’s Tavern in Pescadero for a slice of old California. A serving of their world famous artichoke soup followed by a slice of scrumptious pear pie left us nicely sated for our scenic drive. We also managed to arrive in Carmel for another California classic pastime, the Carmel-by-the-Sea Concourse on the Avenue, a motor club event that showcases some pretty spectacular cars.

The Cypress Inn, Carmel

The Cypress Inn, Carmel

The Cypress Inn, owned by Doris Day became our base of operations for our Carmel visit. We took an easy stroll through town to the beach to stretch our legs and later we were guided to the rather romantic Casanova Restaurant for an al fresco courtyard dinner. This place was just so well done – the decor, cuisine, service, etc., all was simply perfection. Carmel-by-the-Sea is quite walkable, making our return to the hotel easily traversed by foot – a fact that we were grateful for after polishing off a martini or two and a bottle of wine!

Tile at the Casanova Restaurant  Carmel

Tile wall piece at the Casanova Restaurant, Carmel

Enjoying the beauty that surrounds, I’m sporting a Tom Ford jacket in grey linen, silk and hemp, grey and white cotton voile gingham shirt and saddle leather loafers, white uniqlo slim cargo pants, Gucci python belt with silver double horse head buckle, grey and white silk retro print pocket square by Charvet, Rolex watch and my fragrance is Tom Ford Lavender Palm.

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  1. Danny says:

    Lovely pic, and tonal depth…
    Though I imagine the sand will
    wreak havoc with your leather souls…

  2. James Andrew says:

    My Dear Danny,

    Thank You!

    My ensemble happened to pair perfectly with the rather grey Carmel weather.



  3. Dean Farris says:

    Darling James,

    I simply adore the Cali coast! It seems that the Californian way of life is all about “the good life” – the one we all aspire to and dream of- I am so happy to hear of your travels and the pleasures you are sharing with us are simply sublime- !


  4. James Andrew says:

    Darling Dean,

    The California Coast is just a dream- magical moments abound around every corner.

    There is indeed a master class to be learned about the “Good Life” – I am hoping our journey provides a bit of inspiration.



  5. You perfectly capture the essence and even the colours of Carmel: the Tom Ford Jacket and the rest of your outfit is reminiscent of the cypress trees, the sand and fog. I know this light very well, and in the photo here you capture Carmel’s pellucid light. The light and the cypress trees inspired photographers like Ansel Adams and Edward Weston -and I love this contemporary version -with you looking so very handsome.

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