I've have been somewhat MIA and I promise I have a good reason. I have a close friend visiting from my hometown and I've been busy as a tour guide and even as a tourist myself! One of my favorite places to go in the Bay Area is Carmel-by-the-Sea, a small beach town whose rich artistic history can be seen in every beam, pillar and structure. And it has the best beach (assuming the weather cooperates). Look at me soaking up the last bit of summer!