Exceedingly impressive and quiet little town, just a $30 Uber ride from the Sacramento airport. FYI: not sure about how Uber will progress here, but so-far UberX—my favorite kind of Uber—is available right at the airport [seems to be a disappearing trend, overall]. Anyway, I am here on business but, as in any travel, I have a little bit of time to talk around the city center—and what a center it is!
Davis, seemingly, is a city revolved around the campus of the University of California. Honestly, I think it is UCD that makes the D here, not the other way around as all I see on the streets are students, police, and supporting business staff, like the restaurant waitresses and the like. Just a few quick observations from walking around the “downtown” (as it is officially labeled on all the directions.
- The street walker, bikers, and drivers are mostly white with low percentage of asians, and an occasional hispanic, well-balanced by equally occasional face of an African origin;
- Nobody smokes, vapes, etc;
- Streets are pristinely clean, even the back alleys;
- Restaurants are small and extremely cozy;
- Buildings are all different and compete with restaurants and shops for the welcoming and, well, cozy look;
- Cars are relatively newer and relatively more expensive than what I am used to seeing in bigger cities on the East coast;
- City streets are extremely green with very regular signage about water conservation; while
- Individual houses, about a half of them, did away with grass lawns and prominently display concrete, rocks, or “other”; and finally
- I find this place to be extremely friendly and manageable both on foot and on other non-motorized transportation types.
Definitely I would enjoy visiting this place again, given a chance. Let’s see what photos I had time to take in the short time I was here.
Ah, my flight is here :)
Hello water-starved California!
I can see it, sure, but the rest of the place is greener than Philly or most of the other cities I have visited… Just saying…
Apparently Davis, CA is UC Davis, interchangeably. This is one of those college towns where the college is bigger than the town, I suppose.
Green is everywhere but water starvation is pretty clear, too.
Still, it’s nice to see flowers.
And the palm trees.
And the gorgeous little-town houses here. Ah, I so wish I had a summer house in a place like this. But I bet this place is worth a few million, being this close to campus…
And the campus is everywhere. Apparently this small house with crappy fence is a Center for Child & Family Studies. Yep. True story.
Still, so very chill here.
City parks and all.
With gorgeous vases.
And the dancers.
My style dancers [this is a private joke for those who know me].
Wouldn’t you wish to live here?
Even though you’d have to conserve water…
For this… :-)
And the red woods.
I mean for-real red woods.
So nice here.
With all the small cafes all over the “campus” which is also the city of Davis.
With the flowers at the bar.
And $2 dresses.
And the fabulous graffiti, next to “come beautiful, leave sexy” salons.
With British-style phone booths…
And, did I mention, palm trees…
And gorgeous houses.
And wonderful colors.
And over-safe walkways.
And the exceedingly-clean sidewalks (even if they are not right at the city center).
Notice, how people’s homes are devoid of grass.
Or the wonderful sculptures, made from shovels.
And the park i n the middle of the city which is to envy, anywhere you’d travel.
Yes, with a green river, but a “river” non-the-less.
And by “green” I mean GREEN!
With the ducks, too. Lovely.
Just absolutely gorgeous here. I can see where Steve Jobs took his walks and why he kept on referencing them.
We’re graffiti-clear here. Yeah, let’s cover it all up.
Just fucking amazing here. WOW
And the place is smoke-free. Nice.
Oh, would you look at this tree!
Apparently it’s sacred, somehow.
But I like this tree better.
And the campus just pops out of nowhere. Apparently it’s been there all along, just looming over, just a block away.
With it’s… WHAT? Holy shit!
Yep. I am seeing true.
Amazing! Just amazing!
With local rodents feasting on leftovers.
With my wonderful hotel. Seriously, I this is the better of the Hyatt installations, right?
AHA! This is where the smokers are.
With a college where there is a Brewing laboratory next to a Research winery…
And a Teaching vineyard.
UCDavis, I think I love you!
I’ll miss Cali with all the plowed fields and dried-up lands.
Amazing here. What a nice trip! Cheers.