Phew, it’s nice to be home even with rain lashing down on New York. I’m happy to have left behind the 87F heat of Florida in favour of sleeping in my own bed. I’ve done a lot of sleeping this weekend. Usually I’m very much a morning person and I’m up around 8.30am on weekends, but the past couple of days it’s been close to 11am. I think my recent travels have caught up with me. I didn’t sleep so well when I was in Florida, despite the delightfully comfortable king sized bed in my hotel room. I think it was too quiet for me. Living in New York I’m used to a certain level of background rumbling as I try to sleep and in Florida the silence was deafening. I had to resort to switching on the ambient noise machine in the hotel room. It only has one setting, which is supposed to be waves lapping gently at the shore with the occasional squawk of a seagull overhead, although it sounds a bit too much like a heavy breather for my liking. Housekeeping switch it on after they’ve cleaned the rooms, I can only assume they must think it has a calming effect on guests, but the first time I stayed there and walked into my room I was alarmed there might be a pervert lurking around the corner.
Anyway the waves were an improvement over the deathly Florida silence, but even then it was still a bit too calm for my liking. I think I might write to the manufacturer and suggest a new ambient noise setting for travelling New Yorkers; the gentle hum of heavy traffic, punctuated by the occasional siren or aggravated cab horn, and a garbage truck clattering through at 4am. I'd probably sleep much better ;-)
Anyway here's a brief photo tour of my recent trip to Napa, with Debs and Emma, which was great fun, especially once the conference was done with. All photos courtesy of Debs and Emma.
First stop, Sterling Vineyards in Calistoga, where an aerial tram takes you up to the hilltop winery with beautiful views of the Napa valley.
Anyone who read my posts on my trip to Chile may recall I'm not the biggest fan of heights or gondola rides. I can't help but worry the flimsy looking cables are going to snap, sending me plummeting to my death, but I gritted my teeth, threatened Emma and Debs with violence if they dared to shake the gondola as we were heading up to the winery, took a deep breath and stepped into the cable car. Gulp....
If memory serves it was $10 for a tasting of 3 wines, and a complimentary wine glass stamped with the vineyard logo. We were rather partial to the 2006 Fume Blanc and bought a bottle each to bring back to New York. I love this photo Debs took of the vineyard. She was fascinated with the way the vines are planted in straight lines.
They've got the marketing down pat at this vineyard. When you turn into the property you're directed to 'Please proceed to red carpet' and complimentary valet parking.
The Rubicon Estate is fancy!! ;-)