Sometimes, I get overwhelmed by how expensive it is to live here. I have to pay a $6 bridge toll every day that I work in the office and/or babysit, parking is ridiculously expensive, and rents are astronomical. But our easy access to multiple beaches totally helps soften the financial blow.
On Sunday, we took Matt's kids to a little beach just five minutes from our house--it's on the bay side, so no ocean waves, but there's sand & water and you can see the Golden Gate Bridge.
it's not really yellow--that's just the instagram filter I used!
Jasper likes to wade out & get super muddy, while Maya was entertained by a tiny (dead) crab she found.
If we want to go to a real ocean beach, there are plenty of other options within a short drive, but this one is only a mile or so away and has a great running path for when I'm feeling motivated.
Now that I've lived in the bay area for almost 10 years, I don't know that I could ever live somewhere that wasn't near water. Our beaches aren't exactly warm, but they sure are beautiful (Baker Beach, the one in my blog header, is my fave).
And speaking of beaches, a week from today the Freitags and I leave for the French Riviera! We're flying into Nice and staying at a beautiful villa in Antibes (just between Cannes and Nice, right on the Mediterranean Sea) for a little over a week, and then driving to Florence, Italy for a few days before flying home.
I suspect it is going to be majestic:
Have any of you been? I've been to Paris twice, but never to the south of France. So excited!