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)
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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