the wandering chick
a gem of a town in an unlikely spot

Let's do I describe where this charming little town is located? There's the San Francisco Bay, then north of that is the smaller San Pablo Bay, then east of the San Pablo is the even smaller Grizzly Bay. Joining those two bays is the Carquinez Strait.

And on the northern shore of that strait sits Benicia. The town of less than 28,000 seems to be divided into sections. It's in the midst of 3-digit interstates, but you'd never believe it once you got into any section of this colorful waterside treasure.

I spent the day in the historic district and down by the water. I totally missed the Arsenal, the artsy section which includes a live-work area for artists. The waterfront section included unique shops, outdoor cafes and, on the day I was there, a farmer's market that started at 4 in the afternoon. On the main street was a community garden bordered on one side by huge sunflowers.

It was a memorable day in a memorable town. Perhaps I'll need to go back to see more.

Sailor Jack's is a seafood restaurant near on the water in the historic district of Benicia.
Benicia shop
Benicia home
Benicia home
Benicia home
Benicia door
Benicia homes
Benicia farmers market
Benicia waterside
Benicia buildings and market
Benicia market and buildings
Across the strait from Benicia are the velvety soft Crockett hills...and (Below) the Carquinez Bridge..
Benicia's Carquinez Bridge
Benicia's Carquinez Strait
Benicia-Martinez Bridge
The Benicia-Martinez Bridge leads to directions south.
not opened sunflower

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