So, last year I went to California on two occasions. The first was a quick weekend trip to San Diego, mostly for family reasons, but I do remember liking the weather (it was in May).The second trip I visited a friend in the Bay Area in late July. He lived in Oakland, and I got a chance to hang around in Oakland, Berkeley and San Francisco. I had a life-changing burrito experience (a good one) at La Taqueria on Mission Street, and had a chance to poke around Paxton Gate (http://www.paxtongate.com/), a cool shop with animal bones, exotic flowers and all kinds of curious gifts. In Berkeley I ate at a vegetarian Japanese restaurant called Cha-Ya, which was lovely.For photographers, the street art scene is alive and well in the Bay Area. I walked down Clarion Alley and saw loads of wheatpastings, murals and other bits:http://www.flickr.com/photos/quitepeculiar/3769783265/in/photostream/Has anyone else been anywhere in California? What was your experience like?