Day of the Dead

This years Day of the Dead Festival in Oakland, Californias, Fruitvale District was another beautiful day in this little corner of the city. Each year this event brings Oaklanders, and other out to celebrate the cultural and religious celebration of remembering the people who have passed from this life to the next recognizing the lives that they lived and our connection to them. We bought some of the bright orange Marigold flowers and made a little setting for our own family, a wonderful way to reflect and remember those we miss.

We also love finding great hand made arts and crafts from mexico and local artists, today we bought an oil painting from a local artist for $45. a great price for a beautiful little canvas. A word to the wise, come early for the best selection.



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Face Painting

I have noticed over the past few years that face painting for kids at fairs & carnivals is quite popular.

Today we were at the Day of the Dead festival in Oaklands, Fruitvale District and saw a boot with these pictures on the out and inside of the booth. No one was in the booth at the time we approached and we couldn’t figure out what the purpose of the booth was? Art installation! sure, but right after a little girl joined a woman who began painting a face that she had choosen from the photos on the booth. We laughed took a few photos and then kept going.


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Life in it.

Life in the Fruitvale, is so cool.

It has great Latino culture and all the great things that make Latino culture, Latino culture.

Reminds me a lot of, Echo Park & Silverlake in Los Angeles, and also like San Francisco’s Mission District, and to top it off it has the weather of all of them, maybe even better. ;-7

This section of the blog I will talk about life in the Fruitvale, as I know it and see it. And hopefully promote it as a great place to live in Northern California. With a Bart station at the Fruitvale Transit Village your connected to the entire bay area! There is also plenty of casual carpooling going on as well going into San Francisco during business hours.

With the down turn in housing and the rise of foreclosures in Oakland, the Fruitvale District is also feeling and seeing these effects. What this means to people just now looking to get into a home of their own, is a market flush with great little properties in a beautiful spot in Northern California, at great prices!

Tomorrow morning we are going to the Day of the Dead festival on International Blvd, and will be sure to post some photos from our adventure later that day.

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I have to tell you.

I have been living in the the Fruitvale District of Oakland, California for 8 years now, and I have to tell you…

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