Today on the way down to Big Sur we decided to make a quick stop at the Carmel Mission. It’s right off of Hiway 1 and we’ve probably passed it 50 times and never stopped. Well, today we decided to stop.

It’s also called the Mission San Carlos Borromeo de Carmelo Here’s the wikipedia link. It’s a pretty place. What you can’t see in this picture is all of the swallows nesting in and around the bell tower. They are all over, chirping and flying around.

From Monterey Living

With a wonderful view over Monastery Beach.

From Monterey Living

 It’s really very pretty and serene. It’s also an active Monastery with a school and live in Nuns.

One of the things that I found very interesting was the similarities to some of the Scottish Kirks/Churches. Fleur de lis carved on the ceiling, motifs carved in stone on the walls, huge vaulted ceilings held up with massive wooden beams. The whole feel was similar to what you got in Scotland. Only about 1/10 the age. It’s only a hundred odd years old. (It was destroyed and rebuilt in the 1880’s according to wikipedia)

I didn’t take any pictures because there were a few people in the main church and unlike some bumpkins, I won’t disturb others to take a picture. Maybe some time I’ll get back and get a few pics of the stonework. It is facinating.