A Mini Vacation

What would you do if you're bogged down by the stresses of daily routine and vacation is nowhere in sight? If you ask us, we go on a day trip for an instant mini vacation. There's a destination that we adore, a place where we instantly feel energized, where the sun and the sea embraced us and soothe our frayed nerves. Monterrey area, specifically the small town of Pacific Grove has become a favorite quick getaway for the husband and me, either for a day trip or an overnighter. On this late September day outing, we sat on the bench, ate a hearty sandwich from Compagno's, watched people and shorebirds, breathed in salty sea breeze and soaked up as much Vitamin D as we could.

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And before we tackled the task of driving 2.5 hours back to reality, we stopped at Peter B's for some pub grub.

We both had a beer flight.

I had the fish and chips.

Fish tacos for him.

And we had two apps to share.

This is my kind of mini vacation. What is yours?

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  1. Almost every post I read of yours, Maria, we become more and more alike. HA I love it. Astrid and I can ALWAYS get away in just minutes, either by walking or by driving, to somewhere nearby where our souls are restored. The citadel walk, for instance, starts just a few yards right outside our back door. Thank God you have the sense to get yourselves refilled. Thank you and thank you because this is how you keep giving back.

  2. Lucky you that it's just a driving distance away from you. I've been to Monterrey, love the seaside town feel to it. :)

  3. Well, I can see why you'd find this place so refreshing! I would too. ;)

  4. Pacific Grove is a beautiful place to visit the ocean. You presented it very well.

  5. Pacific Grove is a beautiful place to visit the ocean. You presented it very well.

  6. Hello, looks like an awesome place for a getaway. The birds are wonderful, I love the Pelicans! The food looks delicious, I would like the fish tacos. Happy Skywatching, enjoy your weekend!

  7. It is a terrific place, isn't it!!! I'm so glad you had a chance to get away for a bit!! Makes everything easier to deal with!! Beautiful, fun captures!! Thanks so much for sharing it with us!! Have a great weekend!!

  8. Wonderfully captured ambiance of a fun day!!

  9. What a wonderful place for a day trip! Absolutely gorgeous photos!

  10. At least you are blessed for always having the time to spare for these type of trips, while others there have all their time for work. Until now i still don't know what your works are, hehe! At any rate, i am sure these photos are beautiful as always, however i can only open the first and last i wonder why, maybe they are heavy for my memory. I closed and opened again 3X but still the same, don't know what happens with my PC.

  11. I'm telling you that that is the life. What a great getaway. Kudos to you for doing it. I have to ask though, those beer flights look massive!!! The food looks great.
    Thanks for sharing your getaway.

  12. ok I'm totally loving the waves and rocks, oh to sit on there and relax in the scenery :-)

  13. Such a lovely mini vacation..and also the great foods.

  14. Nice vacation,i will sit there the whole day with those view

  15. Such lovely photos!! Looks like a beautiful place to spend a holiday.

  16. mini vacation sound good. Especially at a place like this :)

  17. What beautiful settings for those bird colonies.

  18. What a nice place for a day trip, wonderful views indeed!
    Happy weekend!

  19. I think I've died and gone to heaven! Fish & Chips and a beer flight!! Looks like a perfect mini-vacation.

  20. You have to tell me where exactly is this spot (I know, I am annoying). I visited Pacific Grove earlier this year but didn't stop by the specific beach / spot you photograph in here. I went to the Lover's Point Park, Asilomar, the lighthouse and Downtown. The town is so lovely. Will love to go back.

  21. Wow! love that in-flight shorebirds


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