DER LING LANE – ONE OF CARMEL’S SECRET PASSAGEWAYS AND HIDDEN COURTYARDS
I round the corner of Lincoln and Ocean Ave and start my walk up Ocean, window shopping as I go.
Just past the Carmel Bakery , a door stands open to a long, narrow lane.
An arched trellis covered with Virginia creeper forms the ceiling . Plants line one side and shop side-doors the other.
Today the dutch door of B&G Jewelers stands half open
and I peer in to admire the contents of their display cases.
I like the simple pots of white bacopa along the wall.
Mr. Kinkade was so taken by this cute English Cottage and garden that he created the painting “Studio in the Garden” which became a sold-out collector piece.
When I was here last, the gallery was closed for renovation and has opened under new ownership. It is very small but displays a nice variety of his work. I love this one of Ocean Ave. in Carmel
and this one of the warf area in San Francisco.
The lane continues through this iron gate with a unique latch
This is a chance to sample wine from the Galante vinyards. The Galante family has a long history in Carmel. Jack Galante is the great-grandson of Frank Devendorf, one of the first land developers to create the town of Carmel.
I pop out of the lane into one of Carmel’s newest parks.
Later, while I am writing this blog, I am still wondering how this lane got it’s unusual name. So I go to that reliable standby “Wikipedia” and learn the Chinese Princess Der Ling lived in the “Forbidden City” and wrote several books about her experiences. No wonder I had the feeling this lane might be forbidden to the public!