07.27.2010 Marielle

Oakland.

I am going to be honest here. Like really honest. I think I live in one of the most under-rated cities in America. I have lived here for almost five years & there are so, sooooooo many things I love about living here. I love the fact that San Francisco is just a short drive away. I love that within 10 miles of our home, there are over 6,500 amazing restaurants (which really plays in my favor since I hate cooking), I love the people, the foggy mornings, the saxophone music by the BART stations, the Oakland A’s, Arizmendi pizza, Ici Ice Cream, the art, the Trader Joes just down the street from my house…everything! I am happy to say that “I Hella <3 Oakand.” And if you lived here, I think you’d hella <3 it too.

I had a fun little photo excursion to downtown Oakland with two of my favorite gal pals the other evening & we took some fun photographs. Downtown Oakland is filled with awesome ┬ácolor, Art Deco Architecture & my favorite, favorite cathedral everrrrr, The Cathedral of Christ the Light. The architecture of the cathedral is literally mind-blowing. Seriously-someone please (pretty, pretty please) get married there & hire me as your photographer-I’d be in heaven! Enough rambling-here are my favorites from our quick little jaunt to downtown…

What things do you hella <3 about where you live? Spill the beans!


The Cathedral of Christ the Light is so amazing. The architecture blows my mind…

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Marielle Hi! My name is Marielle Hayes and I am a photographer in the San Francisco Bay Area. I love to travel, bargain hunt and spend time with my husband, our daughter and our Boston Terrier. Enjoy my blog and leave me some comments to let me know what you think!

Comments (6)

  1. Meagan Johnson

    Amazing! I’m in love with this Cathedral. Fantabulous shots, Marielle! I can’t wait for Sunday!
    PS – My life long dream has been to give everything up here and move to the bay area. I told Mike that I wouldn’t care if we lived in a little one bedroom apartment as long as we lived in the city. I will convince him some day.

  2. Jennifer Lemaire

    I love the picture of the Paramount Theater! It reminds me of when I went there with my family for a concert one time and as soon as we walked through the doors my usually colder shouldered grandmother turned into a 10 year old girl talking about all the iron work and how her father worked on it. Just wonderful.

  3. WOW, those are amazing shots! Arizmendi’s the best, I think I crave their pizza almost every single night…why do they have to close so dang early??

  4. Sarah W.

    Great photos! Now I’m inspired to go walk around downtown. I love Oakland too. Hands down favorite neighborhood I’ve ever lived in.

  5. Tiffany F.

    Everything about Oakland makes me feel warm and comfy…I LOVE it there. Hella <3 it!! May I suggest that you try (if you haven't already) the taco truck at 22nd and International….UNBELIEVABLE!!!! Go in the broad daylight though;) Raiders' games are pretty amazing as well.. Well done on the pics

  6. Gretchen

    These pictures TOTALLY capture the spirit of Oakland. You just made me really miss my hometown! Four random things I love about Oakland: Montclair burritos, the Oakland A’s, the Oakland main public library, and Everett and Jones BBQ. Of course, BBQ. :0)

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