Day 6: fun in Napa Valley and SF

Trip Start Jun 27, 2009
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Trip End Jul 08, 2009


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HOliday INn Golden Gate
Holiday Inn San Francisco-Golden Gateway

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Sunday, July 5, 2009

Today was a real highlight of our trip.We checked out early and headed to the Robert Mondavi winery in Oakville.  What a great choice.  Gorgeous estate and fun tour with a good guide.  Very informative but not too much detail, we saw the whole process of making wine.  I have forgotten to mention that every day so far we were blessed with gorgeous sunny skies and MN fall-like weather (except in San Jose where it was hotter) and this day was no exception.  An absolutely perfect day.

At the end of the tour we tasted one white, one rose, one red and a dessert wine.  It was so fun, we had a nice group for our wine tasting and we learned a lot.  This is a great tour for beginners, or so I read online, and I would agree. Nothing snobbish about it at all.

Right up the road heading back to Napa is the Oakville grocery, THE spot to get  your picnic supplies.  this was our second "splurge" - we don't eat out much or pay much for food when we travel.  I know for a lot of people it's a huge part of a trip, but not for us!  We bought some picnic supplies, a bit pricey, and then bought a bottle of wine at Diamond Oaks so we could sit in thier picnic area - we had it reserved and were the first ones there so we got the best table, with a spectacular view of the valley!  What a relaxing and fun time we had there.  After lunch we walked out the path for even more views.  Napa Valley was a favorite of the trip - of course, the wine didn't hurt!

Upon arrival in SF we drove down South Van Ness by mistake.  I liked this area, very Hispanic,
I like that vibe.  I wanted to return to eat or shop there but we never got the chance.

We found our hotel, room on 21 floor but very fast elevators.  We had a city view and could see a corner of the bay.  After settling in, we headed for Lombard Street and the crookedest street.  I just wanted to be a tourist here! Pat and I walked up as the line of cars was backed up for blocks.  We took pictures of the bay and ran around up top while we waited for Danny to arrive with the car.  Then we hopped in and drove "the crookedest street", not sure what all the fuss is about apart from the great views.

Next we drove over the GG bridge, parked and walked part way across it.  Lots of activity here!
It costs 6 dollars toll to cross back!  Pat planned out his morning jog.

I love the show Monk!  It has shot some scenes on location in SF where it supposedly takes place.  We had some addresses of scenes from the opening credits so we drove around and took pictures of the spots but they don't match up exactly.  It was fun.
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