This year I have been doing a lot more domestic travel than international. So far I have tackled all coasts several times. I normally feel more inspired by international cities but this year I told myself to keep an open mind and let inspiration come to you in any place, time, or form. I have to say, it has definitely helped me appreciate my surroundings and to take in everything.
A few weeks back I went to San Francisco for some meetings. On the way there, we made a stop in Oakland and Berkley. Northern California is truly amazing. The weather is fantastic, you get a mix of city with nature and suburbia. There are a lot of eclectic places to eat in the bay area ( yes, I tried Chez Panisse and the food was fantastic!!!) and cute boutiques ( I loved the shoe store Gimme Shoes , www.gimmeshoes.com, in Hayes Valley- great neighborhood with nice boutiques)
Here are some photos of my trip ranging from a historical building with beautiful details to store front pics.