Thursday Doors…Carmel color

Posted: May 12, 2016 in Thursday doors
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That’s Carmel (California) color, not caramel color.  Even on a cloudy day, this door provided a brilliant pop of color, enhanced by the tile strip and set off by the flowers.  Perfect door for a city known for beaches and the arts.

Wikipedia shares a few interesting things about Carmel, formally Carmel-by-the-Sea.  The first is that Carmel is dog-friendly:

Carmel-by-the-Sea is an exceptionally dog-friendly city. Most hotels allow dogs to stay with guests. Almost all restaurants that offer outside dining allow dogs in those areas, with most of them also offering water. A few have special “doggie menus.” Many retailers allow dogs to accompany their owners in their stores and many have treats available. Water bowls and dog biscuits can also be found in front of many stores. Dogs are not permitted, however in Devendorf Park (on Ocean Ave. between Junipero and Mission Streets). Dogs must be leashed, except on Carmel City Beach, where they are allowed unleashed if they are under voice command from their owners. The police department takes animal welfare seriously and officers will open cars that contain pets without adequate ventilation or water and will remove the pets and cite the owner.

More unusual is one of Carmel’s laws:

Though often mistakenly thought of as an urban myth, the municipal code prohibits wearing shoes having heels more than 2 inches in height or with a base of less than one square inch unless the wearer has obtained a permit for them. While the local police do not cite those in violation of the ordinance, this seemingly peculiar law was authored by the city attorney in the 1920s to defend the city from lawsuits resulting from wearers of high-heeled shoes tripping over irregular pavement distorted by tree roots. Permits are available without charge at City Hall.

Having walked around the streets, I’d advise against high heels, whether lawful or not.  But if you get a chance, stop and enjoy the town and the beaches.  Without heels.

© janet m. webb 2015

Disclaimer:  Tomorrow, our younger daughter graduates, so needless to say, the days will be full.  I have posts for each day, but I won’t be online much, although I’ll certainly respond to comments.  Thanks for your understanding.  🙂

  1. What an exquisite colour combination. The tiles remind me of the Moorish ones in Andalusia, Spain. The same colour setting and motifs.
    The high heels ban is certainly very curious. I try to imagine what happened before and after the publication of the edict. There must have been some kind of incident or other reason that induced them to do this.
    Anyway, enjoy the graduation tomorrow.

  2. ksbeth says:

    beautiful –

  3. Lovely door, tile, and flowers. Nice one, Janet, and enjoy this special weekend. 🙂

    • Thanks and thanks, Judy. I’m living on the edge, bringing only my iPad and leaving the laptop at home. Have to re-learn a few things to use it. 😉. But I won’t be online much, so I should survive.

  4. Hammad Rais says:

    And that is just why men don’t wear heals 🙂
    Very nice capture this is Janet!

  5. Norm 2.0 says:

    Got it – I’ll leave my heels at home if I ever make it to Carmel 😉
    Love the colour of that door!
    Congrats on the graduation, you’re a proud mom I’m sure. Enjoy the festivities.

    • If you decide to wear your heels anywhere, let somebody know, so we can see a photo online. Thanks for the congratulations. We’re very proud of both of our girls. Enjoying our time so far.


  6. This was one of my favorite doors this week! Loved the laws too!

  7. I love this color combination and how it pops! Great find. That is a funny law! I’ve read about some strange ones still on the books in parts of the U.S.-like it’s illegal to let a donkey sleep in a bathtub in some state. Enjoy your weekend! -Amy

  8. Spent our Honeymoon in Carmel. Can’t remember what shoes I was wearing 😉

  9. bythebriny says:

    That is a lovely colour and so artfully coordinated with the tile and flowers!

  10. jan says:

    Carmel is a charming town but not the easiest to drive around, let alone walk. Congrats on your daughter’s graduation!

  11. jesh stg says:

    Love the color of that door, and the tiles on the left and right make it perfect! But I had to laugh about the high heel codes!

  12. What a beautiful shade of blue and those tiles………. fabulous. I had to laugh at the rule about heels. Imagine needing a permit to wear them, although having seen the damage stilettos can do to laminate flooring, some of them should be classed as ‘weapons of mass destruction’ 😉

  13. Allan G. Smorra says:

    This is quite an inviting entrance, Janet. Good capture and story to go with it.

  14. Nato says:

    Stunning door, interesting law and fun read!

  15. That’s a beautiful door and exterior! The colors are magnificent! I never knew about the high heel law, but then I can’t wear a heel higher than 2 inches without getting a nose bleed or falling over in them. The latter has happened to me in a 2 inch heel!

  16. A really gorgeous door colour. Love that law. Someone was very smart to think of it. 🙂 Enjoy your daughter’s graduation ceremony. 🙂

  17. bright and welcoming … like many doors of Tuscany …

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