Monterey was the final stop on our Californian road trip, we had one more night in Carmel Valley and then it was back to San Francisco airport and the flight home. We’d had a memorable trip exploring a California that I didn’t really know, and what I did know was borrowed from Hollywood. Much of this beautiful State had taken me by surprise, and even as we left I wanted to come back to explore more.
We had one last thing to do before we left Monterey, a visit to its famous aquarium. The aquarium places a healthy emphasis on education and conservation, it’s a great place to spend a couple of hours and they have some brilliant exhibits.
The outstanding exhibit for me was the tanks of jellyfish, or jellies as they aquarium calls them. Brightly lit, blue backdrops illuminate different types of jellies. So beautiful are they that you’ll find yourself wondering if this is wildlife or a work of art. Watching the exquisite shapes and colours of the jellies, it didn’t seem possible to separate the two.