Santa Cruz – Surf City

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Santa Cruz is one of my favorite cities in Northern California, regardless of the season you go there, it’s sunny all the time, and you can always see some people in bikini. It feels like holidays!
The amusement park gives a really particular atmosphere to this city and you can eat almost everything you’ve ever dreamed : burgers, smoked turkey legs, toasted potatoes, corn-dogs, giant bretzels, cookies sandwichs and even deep fried twinkies, and of-course, at any time of the day (Twinkies are sort of cream eclairs that are not healthy at all).

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Alsacian pizza recipe – “Flammekueche”

It’s really an easy recipe, it’s actually a “flat pizza” because there is no yeast in the dough.

So you don’t need to wait hours until your Flammekueche base is ready. It’s one of my favorite meals, I hope you will give it a try and enjoy it as much as I do!
With this recipe, you will feed 2 starving friends or 3 hungry dinner guests and spend one hour in your kitchen (cooking time included).

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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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How to travel with two cats on a 11 hour flight

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When we decided to move to California, we figured out really fast that shipping our furniture and personal items by container would be too expensive. We would have to sell the most we could on our French Craigslist and to put all we wanted to take with us in four large suitcases. And we’ve known from the beginning that our Norwegian cats would be part of our trip.

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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