Point Lobos State Natural Reserve

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We spent the President’s Day’s weekend (which is a day off here) visiting Santa Cruz, Monterey, Point Lobos State Natural Reserve and Big Sur. It was almost unbelievable to us, French expatriates from Paris area, to have such good weather in February (almost 30 degrees celsius, 85 degrees Fahrenheit), to wear shorts and short-sleeves shirts while most French had to deal with snow. I couldn’t stop saying “Hey, it’s February !”.

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Muir Woods National Monument

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Last Sunday, we visited Muir Woods National Monument, which is one of the 58 National  Parks in the United States.

It’s around 40 minutes drive from Berkeley, so it’s a really short trip to go there.

We’ve already tried to visit this place one month ago, we had to wait 40 minutes on line, bumper to bumper to reach the park entrance. The parking lot is ridiculously small and is full at 10 am, so we couldn’t find a spot and decided to hike in the Mount Tamalpais State Park instead. Continue reading


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Hey everyone !

I don’t know how you reached my website, but welcome !
Maybe are you looking for a good French recipe, a sewing pattern, or you are just curious about California. Don’t move ! You are at the right place !
I’m Carole-Anne (everybody calls me Carol here). I’m French and I’m relocated in California.
My husband and I live in Berkeley with our two cats, and we definitely love this city and the Bay Area. Continue reading