4th of July Weekend

I had a fantastic holiday weekend at my friend Susi’s house in the Bay Area. I was so glad I was able to get out of ‘scorching hot’  Sacramento last weekend, because the temperatures reached the triple digits and that’s definitely too hot for me. The East Bay, however, always has a nice ocean breeze and it’s much more bearable (even though the temperatures were in the mid- to high- 80’s there as well.

On Sunday we had a nice BBQ in the backyard and then explored 4th Street in Berkeley, a pedestrian friendly shopping and dining area that is, according to SFgate.com (the San Francisco Chronicle Online Presence), an “open-air mall, upscale in a Berkeley-bohemian way”. It was really cute and I liked it a lot, especially the Scrapbook Store with a whole island display of stamps. Oh my heaven! Susi was really surprised that I hadn’t been there before. We had an iced beverage at the local Peet’s and then walked around some more.

In the evening, we hung out at home and watched “The X-Men Origins: Wolverine”. Once again, I am watching a series in the “chronological order”, not in the order the movies were released. Did that with “Star Wars” before. Ha!

Monday was Independence Day and we were up early to hit up the Berkeley Marina 4th of July Fair in the morning. According to the website, the fair should have been open at 10 a.m., but even when we got there around 11 a.m., most vendors were still setting up booths and stands. It was still nice to walk around the Marina and take a glimpse over the Bay at the beautiful SF skyline.

The Bay


Berkeley Marina

{Berkeley Marina}

The Bay

{Marina Pier}

Susi and San

{Susi and me}

In the afternoon, we checked out another 4th of July fair in El Cerrito. There was music, food, crafts and all kinds of fun vendors. It was beautiful outside (I actually got a little sunburned, despite putting on lots and lots of sunscreen – my body just doesn’t like much sun!) and we sat on the grass for a while and enjoyed the fun atmosphere.

El Cerrito 4th of July Fair

{4th of July fair}

El Cerrito 4th of July fair


El Cerrito 4th of July Fair



{Californian Hibiscus}


This flower was HUGE. Apparently a {Matilija poppy}



It was a fantastic weekend. I loved spending time with Susi, John and Noah and I got some much needed girl time. There is one more exciting thing I did last weekend, but it deserves its own post, so you’ll just have to stay tuned :)

How was your holiday weekend?

  1. Sounds like you had a wonderful time! Our weekend was pretty low-key, lots of relaxing which was fine for me :-) Happy Thursday!

  2. That sounds great! Glad you had a great holiday weekend and enjoyed some girl time. You guys live in an amazing beautiful corner of the world, something to be thankful for on the Fourth of July I guess :)

  3. Sounds like a wonderful weekend!

  4. Wow, sounds and looks like a wonderful weekend! Cute pic of you and your friend! xxx

  5. awwww wish i could have been there!!!!!!!

  6. Love the photos. And I, too, like to watch movies chronologically! I did it with Star Wars.

  7. Sounds like a fabulous weekend! Mine was mostly relaxing and I kind of wish I did something more exciting.

  8. oh what a fun weekend, love all of the pretty pictures.

  9. I read El Cerrito as El Camino. And then I realized where I went wrong and had to laugh.

    Sounds like you had a great weekend!

  10. Such a great weekend! Love the flowers pics, and the 4th of July fair is sooo Cali, or at least how I remember it in the summer.

  11. I love festivals and fairs – they’re one of my most favorite parts of summer.

  12. That looks like so much fun. Glad you had a great 4th!

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