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29 September 2009 @ 08:23 pm
THANK GOODNESS IT'S AUTUMN  
 HELLO MY BEAUTIES. 

It's been two years since I first moved to Berkeley, but I feel like I've only seen a small corner of it. 

http://walkingberkeley.wordpress.com has inspired me to go out and explore more of this always quirky, often irritating, but never predictable little town. Here are some of my favorite places:

1. I started on Sunday by walking the entire length of College. That's right, all the way to the Safeway on Broadway. 
This is excellent for a lazy afternoon of vintage shopping and diving through book and paper stores, as long as you don't mind shelling out a few pretty pennies (which is my new favorite vintage thrift store).

2. Today, I walked the length of University and a decent stretch of San Pablo. 
There is really nothing worthwhile on University aside from a few good Indian restaurants and Foster's on a hot day.
On San Pablo south of University, there are many excellent taquerias and Mexican groceries that emit all sorts of tempting aromas. I'm still looking to explore the antique stores south of Dwight.
BTW, not a safe place to wonder after 6 PM.

3. The Circle.
Holy hoppin' harpies, how did this get here? I took the 18 all the way up today, and got off right before it turned on to Solano. It's a vine-covered round tunnel (gorgeous at dusk) sitting below a round fountain, around which sit some of the cutest little houses I've ever seen.

I swear, as soon as you walk north of Hearst, Berkeley changes from a smelly, shady, drug-adled den to a quiet, charming neighborhood with polite old ladies and lovely, lawn-less gardens.

4. Wildcat Canyon Road
Walk along here one day, even if you're not an architecture aficionado. The houses are incredible.

5. TILDEN
So, this may not be in Berkeley, technically, but it's such a hidden treasure.
Walk, if possible, along Central Park Drive to Lake Anza. The trails are wonderful and there are very few people around.

If anyone wants to join me on a return trip in autumn, or to the Thousand Oaks neighborhood on Northside along Arlington, let me know!

 
 
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Torupan: Kirk - Delicious + FLAREsitis_y_sake on September 30th, 2009 12:11 pm (UTC)
I MISS MEXICAN FOOD SO MUCH DAMMIT. IF I COME BACK IN MARCH WE'RE GOING

I've totally seen that fountain too. It's very pretty.
Shirleykiss_theeclipse on October 1st, 2009 05:25 am (UTC)
OMG a year without Mexican is too dreadful to think of!

Can't you make your own huevos rancheros or something?
Torupan: Joshua - <3sitis_y_sake on October 1st, 2009 12:41 pm (UTC)
The problem is that Japan sometimes doesn't have the proper ingredients AT ALL. There is Mexican food, but it's not the same.

So, if/when I visit, let's do Mexican please?
NIVI NIVI BO BIVI BANANA FANAfancyxthat on September 30th, 2009 08:11 pm (UTC)
Your adventurin' sounds mighty fun.
Shirleykiss_theeclipse on October 1st, 2009 05:26 am (UTC)
JOIN ME.
NIVI NIVI BO BIVI BANANA FANAfancyxthat on October 1st, 2009 05:47 am (UTC)
ALWAYS.