My first stop traveling without Sarah brings me to Napa Valley, the world famous wine area just north of San Francisco. I spent a great afternoon with a friend I met in 1996 when I was in San Diego. It was the first time we have seen each other after more than 20 years, so there was a lot to talk about. We did some serious wine tasting and had an amazing lunch. Thanks M.A!
The City of Napa is a cute town with a nice little riverfront promenade:
A little more north from the city of Napa is the beautiful village of Yountville with a scenic downtown and great restaurants (Thanks C.H. – it’s a great place).
And right next to the Napa Valley there is Sonoma Valley, almost the same conditions for growing great vine, but a little less crowded… I visited the beautiful village of Sonoma with it’s famous Sonoma Plaza:
And since marijuana is legal now in California, they had to make new signs for the park 😂:
I visited the valley on Memorial Day weekend. So there where not only a ton of people (Memorial Day is the official start of the summer season here in the U.S.) but also a lot of flags, flowers and gratitude for the military men, women and those who risk their lives to serve the country. You can experience a lot more patriotism here than anywhere I have ever been in this world!
Nappa Valley, Sonoma Valley, Vacaville and surroundings is just a beautiful place – and it’s all about enjoying great food and amazing wine:
The two on the road are now heading east to a remote campground near Lake Tahoe. See you on the road!