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I heard the words “this is really livin’” for the first time at a restaurant in Carmel-by-the-Sea, uttered by my brother-in-law during a dinner at Il Fornaio. Remembering that occasion, they seemed so perfect to me. I will never forget them.

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I fell in love with Carmel-by-the-Sea on my first visit.  And when my wife-to-be visited Carmel with me, she fell in love with it, too. That is where we were married. The Blog Articles here on Really Livin’ are all about our adventures in and around Carmel-by-the-Sea, California. However, we also include stories of a few other beautiful and memorable places along the California coast.

Some of our greatest joys involve traveling, taking pictures of our travels, and writing about those things, so that we may share with others our thoughts about those travels and experiences… It’s all about the sights, the sounds, the smells, and the tastes of the places we visit.

We hope you enjoy Really Livin’ and have some memorable adventures of your own!

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Santa Barbara Winter Escape

Part 1 of the Series: Wines of Santa Barbara I return to California fairly often, mostly to the northern regions. The trips are even more pleasing when I can escape Illinois and its winter chill.

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Pruning Vines & Sonoma Cutrer

Part 5 in our Series: Wine Tasting in Sonoma Valley Inspired by some fabulous wine dinners that we attended in the Midwest, this trip was a chance to see (and sip) how wine gets its

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We launched this website in 2004 after getting married on a beautiful bluff just south of Carmel-by-the-Sea, on the patio of a small restaurant called Rocky Point. Since that time, we have returned to the West Coast as often as time and funds would allow, always seeking new restaurants, wineries, beaches, unforgettable memories…“


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