When arranging the trip to ZNE last week, I made sure to include an extra day to do some local exploring in lovely San Francisco and Berkeley. Our hotel was located pretty close to the end of the B.A.R.T (Bay Area Rapid Transit System) in Pleasanton, so we opted to use it instead of tempting the fate of our rental car in big city traffic.
Of course, having grown up in the suburbs and now residing in small, no public transportation type of town, I was totally geeking out tourist style at the opportunity take this subway- like train. If you live in the area, and saw some goofy redhead taking photos of train signs, yeah, that was me. We only had one day to pack in some long anticipated visits, so off to the station we headed early on Friday. Our first stop was at the North Berkeley station... our destination.... Castle in the Air!!! (I apologize in advance for the blurriness of some of these photos. I was so excited I couldn't hold my camera still. Photos do not do justice to how awesome this store is!)
I am telling you fellow bloggers and friends, that this store was well worth the 30 minute train ride and 10 block walk (through a gorgeous neighborhood....see pic of fairy tale type cottage below found on our 10 block walk). It's absolutely magical.
Those that can't make the trek to the Bay to experience the shop for yourselves can get a sampling of the enchantment by visiting their website here.
I'll be back in a couple of days for part two... The Crown and Crumpet!