Fuschias in the Merritt House gardens.…both figuratively and literally! It’s a wonderful escape from the summer heat of the San Joaquin Valley in Monterey. The temps have been in the upper 60’s and low 70’s – with beautiful weather. Brenda is here for a conference in Salinas and we are staying at our favorite Monterey accommodations, the Merritt House Inn. The Merritt House is an old historic adobe that has been converted to a hotel – but probably more of a bed and breakfast.  It is surrounded by beautiful gardens that always have many flowers in bloom.  We’ve been coming here for years and we always enjoy our stay. It is walking distance to the wharf and just a block or so away from a trolly that will take you down to Cannery Row – and the Monterey Bay Aquarium, for free!

Fish at the Monterey Bay AquariumSince Brenda was off learning new ways to teach writing to middle school students, DawBoy and I took the trolly down to the aquarium and spent four hours looking at the exhibits and taking in the presentations in the theaters. DawBoy took a bunch of pictures of fish and had a great time.

Britannia Arms - our favorite pub in Monterey.After Brenda was finished for the day, we headed down to Britannia Arms for a couple pints and dinner. I had a couple nitro Murphy’s Stout and a local Dragon Slayer IPA. All good stuff.  The ales are always properly poured at Britannia Arms.  Either a Guinness or a Murphy’s on nitro takes time to pour, so I always order my next stout when my current one is about half empty.

Murphy\'s Stout - still settling out.

The food at Britannia Arms is also excellent.  I’ve tried a range of their offerings over the years and have always been pleased.  This time, Brenda and DawBoy shared a Fish ‘n Chips meal and I had beer battered prawns.

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