First a few views of Oakland from the top of the Marriott City Center Hotel at 11th Street and Broadway. This is Lake Merritt just to the east.


Looking northwest you can see Downtown San Francisco, the Bay Bridge, Golden Gate Bridge, and Mt. Tamalpais.


The sunrise from your hotel window, looking northwest (above), and southwest (below).





Looking southwest, the intersection of Highways 880 and 980 and the Port of Oakland.


Now a few from the ground up, Jack London Square in the Port of Oakland. Jack London (1876-1916) grew up in Oakland and spent his childhood playing on the waterfront now memorialized as Jack London Square. It's a mixed-use neighborhood with a monument to London. His adventures as an oyster pirate and sailor inspired his novel, The Sea-Wolf and other stories. This flag flies above the landing where you catch the tourist boats. We set off on the Sea Witch, for a Bay tour, including San Francisco. To see a short clip of our flag waving, click here Youtube.


The Golden Gate Bridge.


Passing under the Golden Gate Bridge.


Back in Oakland, be sure to walk the track around Lake Merritt, along with the City's joggers and dog walkers.


An old crow stretches its wings as the rowing teams go by. The City has numerous vegan and vegetarian restaurants within walking distance of the Marriott. Here are the three closest to the hotel: Awaken Café, 1429 Broadway (.2 mi.) vegetarian salads and sandwiches; Golden Lotus, 1301 Franklin (.2 mi.) Asian vegan; and Nature Vegetarian, 1116 Franklin (.1 mi.) Asian vegan.

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