At the time, my children lived very close to the Monon Trail. "The Monon Trail is a rails-to-trails paved path spanning through Central Indiana, connecting to downtown Indianapolis and the Indianapolis Cultural Trail. The Monon Trail starts in Hamilton County, Indiana at the 96th Street trailhead in Carmel and stretches more than 20 miles north through Westfield and Grand Park to the town of Sheridan." (source)
It was only a few short city blocks till we reached this gorgeous tree lined trail.
There were so many cute homes with meticulously groomed yards on this trail. I would love to live in any one of them, though I can't even imagine the price!
Don't you just love all the little white picket fences in front of all these houses? Which one is your favorite?
Carmel Indiana is an affluent town with a a stunning downtown or "Arts and Design District" as they like to call it.
The Arts & Design District is located in the heart of the old downtown Carmel and is home to art galleries, interior designers, show rooms, specialty shops, and restaurants.
The one thing that impressed me the most about Carmel was their beautiful roundabouts. This city is known for their roundabouts. Mention Carmel, and someone will inevitably say "Oh, do they have a lot of roundabouts." But what I found fascinating was not the large number of roundabouts, but how incredibly beautiful they all were. Every roundabout was a work of art in itself with a gorgeous fountain or floral display. I seriously could do an entire post on all the gorgeous roundabouts I saw.
Here is my sweet Alethea standing in front an old home that seemed no bigger than a child's play house. It is now an art gallery.
The house had the cutest gardens on either side of it.
This little girl statue was on the other side of the garden. She is the same size as Alethea! My granddaughter got such a kick out of it!
They also have gorgeous condos for sale in downtown Carmel, the prices of them are unbelievable!
We found this pretty little courtyard in one of the residential areas.
Downtown Carmel is filled with life-like statues. We had so much fun discovering and interacting with them. Alethea thought it was hysterical and quickly joined in on the fun herself, as you will see in the photos coming up.
This Talbots shopping lady was one of my favorites!
Hubby got a kick out of the police officer.
The old library turned into a restaurant.
Can't have a downtown without a coffee/chocolate store!
I thought this was the perfect statue of an Arts & Design District.
Gotta love this old time barber shop.
Still having fun with all the statues!
And finally, we found a shop that sold dollhouses and miniatures. All the stores were closed when we were there, as it was quite early in the morning, but we enjoyed window shopping!
I hope you enjoyed touring downtown Carmel with me and that you will be able to visit this sweet town yourself sometime.
Have A Great Day! Amy
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I clearly live in the wrong town LOL. Love all those pretty houses and their picket fences!ReplyDelete
The art district is so fun and really beautifully done too! Love all the cute shops, statues and fun photos you took! My favorite statues are the garden fairy and the painter!
Alethea is so cute and love her pretty dress!
I know, right? LOL! I love the garden fairy and the painter too. All the statues are so creative.Delete
What an interesting place. I find those statues interesting. Very cool.ReplyDelete
Yes, my favorite part of Downtown Carmel is the statues.Delete
Carmel seems like such a nice town. I liked the Talbot's lady.ReplyDelete
It really is. Yes, I like her too!Delete
That sounds like such a fun morning! What a neat little town to explore.ReplyDelete
We did have a lot of fun. And it was one of those spontaneous, unplanned things which made it even more special and fun.Delete
What a wonderful town and I just love all of the statues Amy!! Thanks for sharing your fun time.ReplyDelete
Me too, and you're welcome!Delete
This is the cutest post. I love all the little sites you saw in your walk with your granddaughter. Lovely photographs of a very interesting and fun place.ReplyDelete
Thanks so much!Delete
What a sweet gift of time you have to your family! Building memories!ReplyDelete
Definitely! Every time I see these photos I smile.Delete
They are lovely houses and what fun statues! You got some great photos on your trip :)ReplyDelete
Hope you are having a good week :)
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They sure are! Thanks for stopping by!Delete
What a pretty town. I love the photos with the statues! My sister tells me we have some relatives who live in Carmel, so I might be visiting!ReplyDelete
Oh, then it will definitely be worth a visit for you! Enjoy!Delete
me han encantado estas fotos, sobre todo la segundaReplyDelete
Fun photos with all the statues!! Carmel is a very charming town! The houses are so typically American with the white picket fences and the USA flags!ReplyDelete
Thank you. Yes, "charm" is a good descriptive word for it.Delete
What a fun place to visit!ReplyDelete
I'm happy to see you at 'My Corner of the World' this week! Thanks for linking up.
It was a fun morning! Thanks for visiting!Delete
Interesting to see.ReplyDelete
It sure is! Thanks for stopping by.Delete