If home is where the heart is, then my heart is languishing in several pieces in various corners of the planet…San Diego, San Francisco, Kauai, Paris, Aix-en-Provence, Rennes and now a little village in Central Brittany. They’ve all felt like home at some point in time. But my soul is in California: it’s where I grew up, did my studies, met most of my close friends.
This particular trip back to California in June was particularly special because I had so many things to celebrate, including the wedding of two dear friends. But to start at the beginning: I finally met my new nephew August for the first time.
And of course, I got to spend time with my older nephew Rowan, now happily a big brother.
And of course, I was happy to get to see their mama too, my one and only Big Sis. And her husband. And my parents.
And more of mes filles during a 2 day road trip to L.A…(Shout out to Katie, Melina and Jem).
We didn’t just eat in L.A., we also vintage shopped in Silver Lake, browsed the Santa Monica Farmer’s Market (where I spotted C.J. from Top Chef!). The 2 days in L.A. flew by, and before we knew it we were headed South back to San Diego. Where we found these little munchkins…
Is there anything cuter than your sister’s kids playing with your best friend’s kids? But, too soon, we were saying goodbye…After 11 days in Southern California, eating fish tacos, drinking craft beer, running on the beach and sleeping in my childhood bed, it was off to the airport to Oakland, where my brother picked me up.
He whisked me off to eat at his new(ish) restaurant in Berkeley, Easy Creole, where I got the VIP treatment, bien sûr. If you’re lucky enough to live in the Bay Area, please do check it out. They always have loads of vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options available on their daily changing menu. I’m proud of you bro!
After, we went back to my brother and sister-in-law’s new house near the Berkeley hills. Jess and Julie really lucked out: their new maison has amazing views of the new Bay Bridge, and the City all the way up to the Marin Headlands.
After a too-short visit with J&J, they dropped me off North of San Francisco in Mill Valley where I reunited with mes meilleures amies de Rennes Emma, Berit and Kelsey (the bride!).
We spent a perfect weekend eating, drinking, dancing and celebrating the marriage of Kelsey and Steven.
After an amazing 2 weeks in California, I said à bientôt and schlepped it back to Kreizh Breizh. The almost 24 hour trip was worth it, because when I got home I had these little buddies waiting for me.
*** Thanks to Maren, Kelsey and Steven for some of the photos