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NorCal Part 2: Wine Country and the East Bay

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After a few days in San Francisco, we ventured across the Golden Gate bridge to check out some of the other communities of the Bay Area. First up was Marin County before heading up to Petaluma and Napa, before finishing up in the East Bay. Onto the photos!

 

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38560126000_ffc096a4b3_b.jpgIMG_2557 by Ethan Kocjan, on Flickr

 

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38560121250_84e77a3d54_b.jpgIMG_2570 by Ethan Kocjan, on Flickr

First stop, Sausalito! I wasn't too familiar with Marin County prior to this trip, but it's pretty shocking how pastoral things get as you head north.

 

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38560115470_1de8a2297e_b.jpgIMG_2571 by Ethan Kocjan, on Flickr

 

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38560109990_e3bf48f58e_b.jpgIMG_2575 by Ethan Kocjan, on Flickr

 

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40370721491_4ab975df99_b.jpgIMG_2583 by Ethan Kocjan, on Flickr

Sausalito has a large houseboat population.

 

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40370720251_d9248cbcfb_b.jpgIMG_2597 by Ethan Kocjan, on Flickr

We tried to go to Muir Woods, but it was *slammed*, so we went to Muir Beach instead. Truly gorgeous.

 

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40370718681_f20cb5dd32_b.jpgIMG_2600 by Ethan Kocjan, on Flickr

Next stop... Petaluma!

 

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39473608975_a8f1e9526d_b.jpgIMG_2607 by Ethan Kocjan, on Flickr

Some truly beautiful Victorians. I was very surprised with the quality of the architecture in this small city.

 

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39473605115_76691098af_b.jpgIMG_2610 by Ethan Kocjan, on Flickr

 

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39473602215_137b3d0c97_b.jpgIMG_2613 by Ethan Kocjan, on Flickr

 

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39473599215_4cf3d97523_b.jpgIMG_2618 by Ethan Kocjan, on Flickr

Reminds me of Medina or something.

 

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39473596835_a54786dda7_b.jpgIMG_2621 by Ethan Kocjan, on Flickr

 

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39473593625_60aa41191c_b.jpgIMG_2633 by Ethan Kocjan, on Flickr

Aaaannnd up to Napa! Some eccentric vineyard owner decided to build a replica castle stocked with very snobby sommeliers.

 

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25498330967_66882f0fd1_b.jpgIMG_2641 by Ethan Kocjan, on Flickr

I can see why grapes grow well here... it looks a heck of a lot like Tuscany.

 

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25498327947_1c1ebe2ede_b.jpgIMG_2646 by Ethan Kocjan, on Flickr

 

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40324980972_28413b563f_b.jpgIMG_2671 by Ethan Kocjan, on Flickr

A very nice public market in downtown Napa.

 

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39782403021_ddcfdd47ef_b.jpgIMG_2628 by Ethan Kocjan, on Flickr

A cool little midcentury building in Napa.

 

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40324977792_7e5a7ba5ed_b.jpgIMG_2695 by Ethan Kocjan, on Flickr

After a quick pop to the Jelly Belly factory, we headed out to the East Bay. I had to make a pit stop to see the Pixar studios!

 

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25498312457_b9a5ba59fb_b.jpgIMG_2699 by Ethan Kocjan, on Flickr

Some very California homes in Berkeley.

 

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39659457424_155d9592fb_b.jpgIMG_2700 by Ethan Kocjan, on Flickr

 

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39659456364_89cc0315f8_b.jpgIMG_2703 by Ethan Kocjan, on Flickr

Some Brutalist-Japanese campus architecture at UC Berkeley.

 

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39659454684_b534a1a34e_b.jpgIMG_2705 by Ethan Kocjan, on Flickr

 

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39659453204_70977989a5_b.jpgIMG_2706 by Ethan Kocjan, on Flickr

 

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40324964992_361c08b9b4_b.jpgIMG_2713 by Ethan Kocjan, on Flickr

 

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26499256268_25bc0082c5_b.jpgIMG_2714 by Ethan Kocjan, on Flickr

 

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25498285547_0bc1ef5e7e_b.jpgIMG_2716 by Ethan Kocjan, on Flickr

Fantastic marquee!

 

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38560049420_22902e2d20_b.jpgIMG_2717 by Ethan Kocjan, on Flickr

 

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38560048590_ea9c13241d_b.jpgIMG_2719 by Ethan Kocjan, on Flickr

Love this streamline house. Such a cool location.

 

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38560047780_c15c07bedd_b.jpgIMG_2730 by Ethan Kocjan, on Flickr

Since we missed out on Muir Woods, I went to find a redwood forest in Oakland.

 

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38560045680_b57f17c125_b.jpgIMG_2732 by Ethan Kocjan, on Flickr

Oakland reminded me a lot of Toledo! ;)

 

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25498267077_e22904fa90_b.jpgIMG_2734 by Ethan Kocjan, on Flickr

 

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38560042840_ace8d82416_b.jpgIMG_2741 by Ethan Kocjan, on Flickr

 

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38560041270_d9f330e83e_b.jpgIMG_2742 by Ethan Kocjan, on Flickr

 

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38560039230_f8181a8f99_b.jpgIMG_2745 by Ethan Kocjan, on Flickr

 

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38560036800_13365a965c_b.jpgIMG_2747 by Ethan Kocjan, on Flickr

One of the many hipster neighborhoods in Oakland.

 

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38560034930_f787d2e995_b.jpgIMG_2748 by Ethan Kocjan, on Flickr

 

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38560032820_76e8c5cbab_b.jpgIMG_2754 by Ethan Kocjan, on Flickr

Goodbye from Alameda Island!

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