On the way home from Big Basin State Park, I stopped by Half Moon Bay, another well-known place not too far away from San Francisco that I’ve been waiting to visit. There’s supposed to be amazing surfing at Half Moon Bay, but I’m not a surfer so I decided to go and visit the small town center that is Half Moon Bay. It was a quaint little place with some neat local shops. They even boast that their downtown shops are very unique! One of these unique places is San Benito Deli, which serves up sandwiches and that’s pretty much it (aside from one soup and pre-made salads). We decided to try their sandwiches, which are supposed to be delicious thanks to their homemade bread. Well, I would agree … they are delicious! Yum! I was a little disappointed they had run out of their specialty bread of the day though: Olive Walnut, so we could only choose from French Bread or Wheat. Even still, if you ever find yourself randomly in Half Moon Bay’s quaint downtown, I would totally stop by San Benito’s and get yourself a sandwich!


Welcome!


Ordering in this tiny shop


Egg and Avocado sandwich on French Bread


Egg and Avocado sandwich with Jack cheese on Wheat Bread


Half Moon Bay

Big Basin State Park has been on my list of places to go camping and hiking for about a year now. I finally got a chance to go on a quick weekend trip there and was super excited. As you know, it’s been raining like a mother in California for many months now, which means the streams, rivers, and waterfalls have been engorged. This meant the waterfalls along the Lower Berry Creek Falls Trail (the 10-mile hike I was looking forward to) was going to be amazing. Alas, also due to rain and storm winds, the trail was closed! I was so disappointed! I did end up finding some other trails that were open so I did end up seeing at least one waterfall: Sempervirens Falls. Even still, hanging out under Coastral Redwood trees is always pretty enjoyable anyway.

A redwood photo adventure:

I’m so sad writing this entry because it marks the end of my Europe trip! After visiting Poland, Germany, and France, I’m sad to let this trip seep back into my memory, but it turned out to be pretty amazing. I’m glad I got to spend a day in Marseille, too, which turned out to be way too warm, but nice closing city before taking an overnight bus back to Paris and then straight to the airport from the station.

In Marseille, I loved exploring the old port, Notre Dame de Marseille, the Marseille Cathedral, Palais Longchamp (a beautiful garden area), Fort Saint Jean (even though it was closed), and the MUCEM Marseille (which looks like a giant box of concrete lace). And what better way to end a trip to France? I delicious French seafood dinner paired with local wine. Goodbye Europe, until next time!

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A French Marseille voyage photo adventure:

I’m not sure if Arles, France is known for much except that it was where Vincent Van Gogh spent just over a year of his life, but the site of where he painted some of his most famous works. Arles has certainly decided to capitalize on this fact and has cleverly created a walking tour for visitors to see many of these famous sites. Between February 1888 and May 1889, Van Gogh created over 300 paintings and drawings, many of which have distinct Arles buildings and streets reflected in them. To help visitors match his painting with their real-life locations, images of his famous paintings can be found in the locations they reflect. For example, you can see the Place du Forum from Café in the Evening, the bridge where he painted the Staircase of the Trinquetaille Bridge, the park featured in Public Garden, and Espace Van Gogh featured in Hospital Garden, just to name a few of the more famous locations. I mean, it’s crazy to think that such a famous artist really look inspiration from a place like Arles and these places are still around today!

Read more about our France adventures here: french voyage day 1 french voyage day 2french voyage day 3seine viewfrench voyage day 4french voyage day 5french voyage day 6sunsetfrench voyage day 7french voyage day 8french voyage day 9french voyage day 10red rocks french voyage day 11french voyage day 12french voyage day 13from abovefrench voyage day 14

A French Arles voyage photo adventure: