Wednesday Postcard: Monterey, California

Bonjour! This week’s carte postale features Cannery Row in Monterey, located about 120 miles/ 190 km south of San Francisco, California.

In 1776, Spain named Monterey the capital of Alta California (“Upper California”). When Mexico gained independence from Spain in 1822, Monterey became the capital of Mexico. However, the city has never been the official capital of California since it became a state in 1850!

Monterey is one of the places I’d love to visit again as soon as stay-at-home orders are lifted. It’s got sun, surf, and seafood!

Here are my favorites:

The Bookworks

At this shop, they sell books on one side and good coffee on the other. They have the friendliest baristas, too. It’s located about 3 miles/ 5 km northwest of Monterey in a town called Pacific Grove.

Cooper’s Pub & Restaurant [as of 2021: this restaurant is permanently closed] 🙁

My family and I have been going to this restaurant since it was called Bullwackers. My favorite items from their menu include fried calamari and juicy burgers.

Dennis the Menace Playground in El Estero Park

Rent a paddleboat and explore the lake, where you can spot some pretty birds.

Monterey Bay Aquarium

If you visit, don’t plan to do anything else for the day. You’ll want to take your time and enjoy. There’s so much to see and do here.

Monterey Fisherman’s Wharf

It’s a lovely place for a leisurely stroll. Get abalone shell jewelry from one of the many shops along the boardwalk. Enjoy some clam chowder served in a bread bowl.

Where to See Monarch Butterflies

Every October, thousands of Monarch butterflies make a stop in a eucalyptus grove in Pacific Grove. I hope to see them there one day!

For more information:

Cannery Row – John Steinbeck

Experience Cannery Row

Seafood Watch – Conservation & Sustainability

Until the next Wednesday Postcard, à bientôt!

Visiting Seattle: Glossier Pop-Up

(Please note: the Seattle Pop-Up closed on July 7, 2019)

When you think of Seattle, Washington, what’s the first thing that pops up in your mind? The Space Needle? Naturally, it’s a must-see. But now, for a limited time, you can add Glossier to your to-do list when visiting the Emerald City! The Glossier Pop-Up in Seattle will be open until July 7, 2019.

the décor inside the store: those are real flowers

I recently learned about the American skincare and makeup company, and after using their Bubblewrap and Mint Balm Dotcom, I’ve become a Glossier fan! So it was a delightful surprise and coincidence that I happened to arrive in Seattle for vacation within days of Glossier opening their spring pop-up shop there!

my older daughter testing the Glossier Lash Slick (Made in France!)

It was fun to test the products and meet friendly Glossier employees who were glam in pink overalls and toting iPads. Inside the store, they played French pop music by Belgian singer, Angèle.

I got a Mango Balm Dotcom ($12) and a Milky Jelly Cleanser face wash ($9 for the 2 fl. oz/ 60 ml bottle)

While Glossier products make you look good, their corporate social responsibility efforts will make you feel good, too.

For example, they provided complimentary postcards with wildflower seeds in them. After you plant the postcard, you’ll have flowers that will support the ecosystem by providing food for pollinators, like bees.

For $15, you can get their Seattle-exclusive water bottle (16.9 fl. oz/ 500ml) and refill it to reduce waste going to the landfill.

For each BPA-free water bottle sold, Glossier donates $5 to Mary’s Place, a shelter for women, children, and families in Seattle.

It felt good to know that Glossier gives back to the local community!

For more information:

Glossier Pop-Up in Seattle

200 Broadway E, Seattle, WA 98102

Open May 22 through July 7, 2019

If you enjoyed this post, you may be interested in Yay, I Got My Glossier

This post is #1 of 6 in my Visiting Seattle series.