After a good 20 hours of travel time, including two hours of delays aboard the plane before takeoff out of Philadelphia, we made it to California before 11 pm on March 1st. We made it just under the wire to pick up our rental car and check into our hotel.
We were nervous about the hotel. We booked on Hotwire, so we didn’t see the name of the hotel until after we had paid for two nights. After we were committed we found out the reviews on the hotel were not so fantastic. But all was fine, and the room was better than many F1 hotels we stayed in while in France.
Overall the three days we spent in Fremont before heading out to Arizona and Utah to visit family were really really great. Since we left for France last fall, we (me, Scott and the Mudge) had only really spent a few hours with just in our little family unit. We love all the rest of them (off now in adventures in Edinburgh) but it felt like a bit of a vacation to be together just us three.
Of course it helped that the hills were vivid green in California when we arrived. We drove out into the hills a couple times just pretending we were actually on a vacation, instead of back in the city we had left a few short months ago.
Besides driving around and staring at the verdant hills, we spent a nice bit of time relaxing in our favorite cafes.
The Bean Scene | Fremont, CA
Our favorite cafe in Fremont is probably The Bean Scene, and we visited three different times in three days when we were in the area. While the Mudge visited friends, Scott and I hung out in the cafe sipping our drinks and working on our own projects on our laptops. It reminded me of those good old days when we would bask in each other's company while working on our separate projects.
The Nile Cafe | Fremont, CA
The Nile is in the Niles area of Fremont (of course) and the area is worth a visit on it’s own merit. Some of the best food in town is located on the historic street, and the train depot and plentiful antique stores are worth a look as well. We headed to The Nile Cafe for breakfast. Scott approves of the fluffy pancakes, and my pear and fontina omelet has definitely inspired some recipes to come soon. Oh, and the coffee isn’t half bad, either.
Snake and Butterfly | Campbell, CA
The Mudge and I spent a few hours in downtown Campbell in the South Bay Area. After lunch we wandered into possibly the best combination cafe on earth: coffee, gelato and chocolate. I ordered an affogato with hazelnut gelato, and then since jet lag was especially persistent, washed it down with a cappuccino. The Mudge loves gelato, so this was his favorite cafe. Don't let those hammy faces fool you.
It was completely unexpected, but we had such a relaxing few days back in Fremont. Now, after a good week of family fun in Utah we are heading back toward California to return our rental car and visit friends in Butte County for a nice long weekend. We thought by now we would be heading to Scotland to join Valerie and the rest of the crew in Edinburgh, but just like our flights back to California earlier this month, our plans have met with some delays. Stay tuned on that front, and in the meantime, we hope your weekend is filled with all the best March has to offer, wherever you are.