Here are some more foggy fotos from Big Sur. When I started planning I decided that since my time was so short I was going to drive to Nepenthe, have lunch, and turn around. Things didn't work out as planned. It was so very foggy the view from Nepenthe was essentially staring into a white void. No photos of it, alas. I had high hopes! The below will have to do, instead.
Nepenthe would be worth a visit during clear weather. It is quite an intriguing story. Vast swathes of coastal land was bought by the Fassett family post-WWII from Orson Welles and Rita Hayworth. They hired a protege of Frank Lloyd Wright to design the building which stands there now and they decided that the site was so magical it should belong to everyone. Now you will find a restaurant and shop - and apparently some magnificent views. I will take that on faith. Nepenthe means, loosely "no sorrow" or perhaps "no cares".
What was interesting is that during my stay at the lovely B&B, one guest told me that when they visited Phoenix (the gift shop) they saw a simply stunning quilt by internationally renowned quilter/textile artist Kaffe Fassett. They did not know it (and I only learned it first by talking to them), but, he is a son of the Fassetts who bought the home in the 40s. Even more interesting is that his mother's family founded Carmel-by-the-Sea as an artists' colony! When I used the Nepenthe "facilities" there was a large mural signed by Kaffe Fassett. I think he now lives in London (another place after my heart...)
Regarding the photos, if anyone happens to know what the frondy vegetation might be called, I'd be much obliged if you would tell me. I saw it EVERYWHERE along the coast.