My hubby and I spent the weekend bicycling around Monterey and Pacific Grove last weekend.
We parked our car on Lighthouse Avenue across the street from Pacific Grove Antiques.
Lately I have been talking about building a grotto for my religious statues and treasures and stumbling upon this amazing shop sealed the deal.
Apparently the owner, Marilyn, who is not Catholic, is completely obsessed with Catholic saints, relics, and religious items as you'll see.
There was unlimited inspiration and awe inspiring displays every where I turned.
I kept thinking I wish my mom were here to see this!
Often we will go into a shop where the vintage religious statues are misidentified.
She will take great pride in letting them know who a particular saint is.
I always tease her that she could start a saint identification business!
Most of us can identify the popular saints like my patron saint, St. Therese, The Little Flower.
But every once in a while we'll come across a more obscure saint and sure enough my mom will know who it is!
I was telling the owner, Marilyn, that she probably knows more about the Catholic faith than most Catholics do and she had to agree!
It's amazing how an obsession can educate you!
Pacific Grove Antiques does concentrate heavily on religious collectibles and antiques but also has a wonderful selection of other amazing treasures in the mix as well.
There are 2 levels full of wondrous things!
The building is quite a treasure in itself.
Pacific Grove Antiques is a must see when you are visiting The Monterey Peninsula...
Trust me on this!
I left there so inspired!
And cannot wait to return with my mom.
We bid good-bye, hopped on our bicycles and off we went...
my head buzzing with visions of my future grotto!
And speaking of bicycling...
There really is no better way to really see things than on a bicycle!
I bought my hubby a new bicycle for Fathers Day and it has given us a new lease on life.
We find ourselves hopping on our bikes all the time now.
Riding to the grocery store, the farmer's market, garage sales, misc. errands, and the pure pleasure of just enjoying the scenic beauty that surrounds us!
Northern California and the SF Bay Area has so much to offer in terms of day trips.
It looks like we will be loading up our bikes a lot this summer and just heading out for the day...
I think we will finally start using those cute picnic baskets I've been collecting too!!
It's funny how you suddenly re-discover the simple pleasures of life.
And bike riding is certainly one of them!
I hope I have inspired you to dig out your bike if you have not been on it for a while and take it for a spin or a day trip.
It is so freeing!
Like being a kid again!
It gets you wondering why you ever stopped riding you bike.
Funny how that happens...
I hope you enjoyed my photos of Pacific Grove Antiques.
If you get the chance to visit please say hello to Marilyn for me.
I told her I thought she actually looked like a saint.
Just look at her face, don't you agree?