Carmel-by-The-Sea, California

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Set on gently rising bluffs above a sculpted rocky shore, the boutique town of Carmel is well known for its inflated real-estate prices, neat rows of quaint shops and miniature homes along Ocean Avenue, and a largely untouched coastline. Unfortunately, the place also has a thick air of pretension, peppered with tacky middlebrow galleries and mock-Tudor tearooms. Don't expect to see street addresses, mail delivery, or franchise businesses in town: they're all officially banned. Despite the cramped atmosphere, Carmel Mission Basilica, 3080 Rio Rd (Mon– Sat 9.30am–5.30pm, Sun …
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