Alameda, California, USA
"Dining at Cera Una Volta Italian Restaurant"
Time and again Cera Una Volta Restaurant completely surprises me with its Italian wines or seasonal Italian dishes that are sumptuous down to the sale verde (herb seasoned salt).
"Oakland Estuary/Bridgeside Shopping Center"
They cleaned up and redeveloped strips of the Oakland Estuary (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oakland_Estuary) alongside of Alameda, most prominently the Bridgeside Shopping Center.
This refurbished shopping destination is the new home of Nob Hill Foods (http://www.nobhill.com/) a Starbucks and several eateries.
The most stunnng feature is the view of the Fruitvale Bridge. This mustard colored "H" shaped bridge anchors this mid-island entry point like a sentry to the mainland. It is also the backdrop for much of the water life, culture and art that surounds this area.
"Sunshine and Sand"
Its all about the abundant sunshine in Alameda. Even when Oakland may be in a light haze of San Francisco Bay fog, Alameda will be basking in deep golden sunshine.
Much of this goes unspoiled on the beaches here in Alameda. From kite surfing to surf fishing to kayaking to beach tanning, Alameda sports miles of beaches for a warm enjoyable time.
Small Island Town Surrounded by Metropolis
"The Island Surrounded by Oakland"
East From the San Francisco is Oakland, California. Bordering most of the west coast of the San Francisco Bay, Alameda is a small town encircled by Oakland.
Formerly, the home of a Naval Base, since closed, Alameda has turned into a charming small city of around 60,000 separated from the hustle and bustle of City Traffic that is gradually developing into a city of its own.
Many great atheletes have a connection to Alameda. Encinal High School has produced baseball greats of now and old such as Jimmy Rollins (Current Shortstop for the Philadelphia Phillies), Tommy Harper, Curt Flood, Willie Stargell and Dontrelle Willis.
To get to the Center of Alameda, one must cross one of 3 bridges or enter by way of the Webster/Posey Tube from Chinatown. Within this area of around 8 square miles, there are many little residential neighborhoods. Some border the Bay on Southshore Drive, others are surrounded by beautiful sycamore trees on Central Avenue, and some are even boat houses located along Atlantic Avenue.
"Accessibility to San Francisco and Oakland"
From anywhere in Alameda, there is a fairly reliable bus system (AC Transit) and to San Francisco, one can either take the AC Transit Bus to Downtown Oakland or travel more expensively on the Ferry, which is a great way to see San Francisco from the Bay.
"The Future of Alameda"
Currently, there is a long process taking place to change base closure lands, with remarkable views of San Francisco, into something more useful. Possibly, this land will become more housing or even a golf course.
Alameda Landing is a current project under way to develop the part of Alameda across from Oakland's Jack London Square. The architects working on the project are renowned for the creation of Vancouver's Granville Island and the newly rennovated Ferry Building in San Francisco.
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Alameda has an innovative business community mixing high-tech business parks with historic shopping districts. Tree-lined neighborhoods, many with lovely Victorian and Queen Anne-style homes built before the turn of the century, give a taste of the history of the region. Although there are many parks, beaches, and bike trails that make Alameda a wonderful place to live or visit, most of these areas are some distance from the Ferry terminal and require biking, hiking or transfer to bus or taxi to access them. To find out more about some of Alameda's points of interest visit www.ebparks.org. For complete transit connection information in Alameda, click here.
One of Alameda's most unique attractions is the Aircraft Carrier USS Hornet Museum located at Pier 3 at Alameda Point. The museum is open daily 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., and group tours are available by calling 510-521-8448 x232. The USS Hornet is one of the legends of naval history, with eight naval ships having carried its name and played major roles during battles with Britain in 1775 to combat in World War II. The carrier was also instrumental in the recovery of Apollo 11 and 12.The USS Hornet Museum is approximately 2 miles from the Ferry dock. To learn more about all the attractions in the Alameda area, visit the City of Alameda web site.
Alameda, California's Beaten Path
"The Alameda Estuary at Bridgeview Shopping Center"
The Fruitvale Bridge marks the entry into Alameda before Bridgeview Shopping Center's Alameda Estuary.
"Original Mast on Alameda Estuary Bridgeview"
This Mast is about 25 feet tall. It was retained from the original shopping center built in the 1970's. It stands about 6 feet taller than a male adult giraffe.
"Wooden Sail boat Alameda Estuary"
There were several lovely wooden sailboats moored along the dock on the Alameda Estuary at bridgeview Shopping Center. The colors were rich and the stroies beg telling in the warm midday sunlight.
"Tug Boat at dock on Alameda Estuary at Bridgeview"
She was mighty small and probably just as mighty. One fifth the size of the usual Bay and sea tugs, this little one was carefully moored for a good rest.
"Alamedan passing the Afternoon at Bridgeview"
He came on bicycle whistling with a wide grin and a quick howdy as he dismounted to grab the dockside railing. I would fare to say he was a local, no jacket just a tee shirt and a smile as he spent a while just gazing out over the Alameda Estuary over to the Oakland side of the water.
Everyone in the Shopping Center Plaza was nice and open and quick with a smile. Even me.
"Anchor Blade at Alameda Estuary at Bridgeview"
The massive anchor lay at tthe end of the walkway on the northern-most side of the Nob Hill Foods and the Estuary. Well kept, it gleamed with sunlight with glints of joy sent sideways as you walked around it.
"Unpriviledged Point of View"
the gate to the dock was terse and not smiling. Without permission, I approached it and took aim through the first available opening down to the foot worn decking below.
"Nob Hill Foods Employee Shade Herself"
It wasn't particularly hot, but it was apparently sunny enough for this nob hill Foods employee on break to seek the shade of the Peet's Coffee Umbrella alongside the Alameda Estuary at the Bridgeview Shopping Center.