the full monterey

Monterey Fishermans Wharf Pier sm

One last one from Monterey. Click picture to make grow in size.

I’ve wanted to sketch the Old Fisherman’s Wharf at Monterey for a long time, it is very sketchable. When I first heard of it I imagined an old Klingon in a dinghy, but it’s a weather-beaten pier with garish candy stores, whale-watching tours, non-kid-friendly seafood restaurants and tacky souvenir shops. Apart from all that it’s great. They have a few sealions hanging out at the end for people to look at (the first time I came there were hundreds, but they must have had enough and left) and occasionally massive pelicans perch on the railings because they just don’t care; you wouldn’t if you were a bird with a mouth that big. It’s very pretty from here though, and so on our last day I finally got a chance to sketch it. It was a beautiful sunny day and very pretty beside the beach. Boats moored in the harbour swayed gently, seagulls squawked, people strolled hand in hand on the sand. I was going to colour the whole thing in, but I left it just with the Wharf coloured, but imagine it all blue and pretty. Yeah, I love Monterey.

9 thoughts on “the full monterey

    • pete scully says:

      I was irked by a big sign outside one restaurant that basically said ‘no kids’. It said ‘no strollers’ but then justified it with a phrase stating that ‘children make noise and are a distraction to other customers’. Which really means ‘no kids’, not ‘no strollers’. It was hardly The Ivy, just some tacky tourist-pier fish restaurant. I didn’t want to eat there, and our kid is no longer stroller-age, but still, I was like “get over yourself, Captain Birdseye”

      • Laura (PA Pict) says:

        That type of thing irks me too. I refused to patronise one cafe at the bottom of the kintyre peninsula (where it desperately needed off-season trade) because it had a sign that indicated children were not welcome. I think it might have been forbidding strollers / buggies too actually. I think most parents are capable of judging whether their kids can be trusted to behave in an eating establishment or not.

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