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Travel Blogs from Sonoma
... with a tasting session that even Alex joined in with as he was given a glass of grape juice and we got him a taster pack of cheese. Deb got herself a bottle of Port and some small gifts for her friends back in NZ.
We then drove into a small town called Sonoma which has a town green surrounded by shops and eateries. We did a bit of window shopping then went to a Himalayan restaurant for some lunch. OMG 'twas spicy! The Cheese Factory was also good ...
... showers and bed malarky. Dylan is beside himself with excitement to be going back to a shop tonight which has child size trolleys. Sounds like an amazing idea but the day we arrived Dylan pushed it nicely collecting our food for about ten minutes, then decided to play bumper cars with the aisles and pushing it ahead then running onto it instead.
Emma is off out tonight. So excited. First night out since Sydney nearly ...
A 7am start today ... best not get used to that! ... and out of the hotel for 9am, we headed out of San Francisco, stopping to take a look at the Palace of Fine Arts which was built as a temporary building for the celebrations of the opening of the Panama Canal. It is the only building that they retained from that expo in 1915 and really is quite a stunning building. It looks like it should be in Rome, not an American city. We drove across the ...
... to see wineries set up in the mountains on either side. This is a very agri-industrial area. Every spare acre planted with vines and nowhere to stop to take pictures. In 1968 Napa Valley was set up as an 'Agricultural Preserve' do prevent development for non-agricultural purposes. One of the restrictions was that no-one could buy a plot of land of less than 40acres which sent land prices through the roof and turned it ...
... ended up joining the wine club! Whether it was from the slight buzz or simply because the wine was great we felt it was a great idea (and, in hindsight, I think this was a great idea).
We ventured back to our hot car and headed to the square to see another jazz festival / farmer's market. It was Tuesday evening and all of the vendors were proudly displaying their produce, photography, and other wares. It ...
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