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Carol Brouillet

About Me
My name is Carol Brouillet, and I am a homemaker. I love living in Palo Alto, California because the people care about the environment; Earth Day was born here; there are bike paths everywhere, along with lots of parks and neighborhood schools.
You have to go to
Although, it's technically not "in the city," Stanford University is an integral part of the community and has a beautiful campus with some amazing outdoor sculptures. It's s a great place to cycle around and visit. It also has art museums, libraries, theaters, sports activities, an outstanding hospital and plenty of free lectures.
Here's one fun activity you can do
Cycling—there are paths everywhere, and for the most part it's pretty flat and easy biking.
Don't forget to check out one of my favorite places
The city also has a park, called Foothills Park, located in the hills above Palo Alto. You're supposed to be a resident of Palo Alto to drive into it, which is rather unfriendly I must admit, but it's easy to walk into the park via numerous trails, and it's a wonderful place to go for a hike. There's a nice little lake, trails adjacent to streams with small waterfalls. It's also a habitat for mountain lions, and you never know what you'll come across. You'll generally see many native deer. Before I moved to Palo Alto, I lived near the park and would walk to it and run/walk a nine-mile loop every week. It's a beautiful place with lovely views and is attached to other open space areas that surround the San Francisco Bay Area. It's great to be able to escape the populated areas and find peace and quiet amidst nature, yet still be able to catch a glimpse of the cities in the distance.
Enjoy a meal at my favorite restaurant
Palo Alto has attracted people and cuisine from all over the world, so there are many ethnic restaurants and fusion restaurants, plus a few standard restaurants, and some special restaurants for vegans and vegetarians. As a gourmet cook, who loves many different kinds of food, my favorite restaurant would be Garden Fresh - Chinese Vegan Cuisine. My kids, on the other hand, would probably choose something different, since they are meat eaters.
Here's a doable bucket list for you to do in one day
1. Rent a bike at Stanford University, visit the campus, the main quad and the art museum with the outdoor Rodin Sculpture Garden.
2. Bicycle to University Avenue for lunch or dinner. 3. Depending on the weather, visit the "Dish" at the end of Stanford Avenue where it meets Foothill Expressway. There's a paved hiking trail there that is extremely popular with the locals.The three-mile loop goes up and down through the hills and offers nice views of the Bay.
My extra insider tip for you is
The coastal redwood that gave the name to the city of Palo Alto is located in El Palo Alto Park. It's over one thousand years old and 110 feet tall--it's definitely worth seeing.
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