Napa, Round 2!! Continued…


Here’s the rest of my pictures from my second trip to Napa =]

Chateau Montelena

This winery is supposed to be really famous!!

 

 

I really liked its cute little koi fish pond ^^

 

 

They had some HUGE bottles on display!

Baldacci Winery

 

 

 

Baldacci had some really pretty vineyards out back…

 

Stag’s Leap

This one just looked awesome from outside!

 

 

Bakery Bouchon

We wanted to end the day on a sweet note so we went to the famous French bakery Bouchon. I was surprised to find it was actually really good! I can be a bit of a food snob since I’m originally from France and was just raised on ridiculously good food… but this place was worth the detour =]

 

 They had a decent amount of options and their pistachio macaroons were delicious =3

 

The area around there was really cute too!

 

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Pit Stop in Verona, Pt 2


Like I said last time, we only spent a few hours in Verona but I somehow managed to take A LOT of pictures… so here’s the rest! Enjoy =]

Duomo Cattedrale di Santa Maria Matricolare

Alex and I found this strange, striped cathedral while walking around randomly. We were surprised how much cool stuff we always just seemed to find magically whenever we simply walked around aimlessly.

Everything inside the cathedral was just awe-inspiring!

A few more pictures of sights we found strolling around (Hint: slide your mouse over each picture to see comments and descriptions, and click on them to see them in full size.)

Pit Stop in Verona, Pt 1


Alex and I had a few hours to spare before our connecting train to Venice so we decided to explore Verona =] We were only there a few hours, but I somehow managed to take A LOT of pictures!

The Arena

Walking Around, Exploring Verona

We found Juliette’s supposed balcony. She probably never lived there… but it was still kind of cool.

We came to a river with a wonderful view!

We found a small alleyway with stairs leading up the mountain and decided to go up just to see what was up there. We almost regretted it since it was pretty hot! ><‘

 

Day-Trip to Salzburg


Before we left Munich for Venice, Alex and I took a day-trip to Salzburg, Austria with our friends Silvia and Amanda. It’s where “The Sound of Music” with Jane Fonda was filmed.

The cow our friend Amanda is posing behind was decorated with scenes from “The Sound of Music.”

We found a beautiful park downtown and wandered around for a bit before heading over to the castle.

Wondering around downtown Salzburg

Alex found marionettes in one of the tourist shops.

I love cool clocks like this. I think my grandparents used to have one of them in their house when I was little =]

I saw this t-shirt and felt I had to take a picture for my brother!

We kept seeing horse-drawn carriages all over the place. It was a little like being in a Disney movie ^^

We had a really yummy, legit lunch at a local restaurant. This was pate and cold cuts, our appetizer.

Finding the castle

Inside the Castle

There was a gorgeous view of Salzburg from the top of the castle.

The castle was really neat, but we also had fun checking out the stores and surrounding area on our way down O=]

Beer Gardens, Parks and More in Munich


Hi everyone, I made it back home in California back and safe! I’m sorry I haven’t written in a while. This trip has been so packed with fun and interesting things to do and see I decided to put the blog off until I got back. Now that I’ve got time to write, here are some more pictures from my 5 days in Munich with Alex =]

Downtown Munich: Marienplatz (Marien Square)

Munich’s University District

For some reason, Alex and I kept finding arcs everywhere we went.

There was a great park in the University District. If I remember correctly, it’s the largest park in Munich. My pictures don’t do it justice though. The place was huuuuge!

We found this slide in the park. There was a band of local students playing instruments and singing nearby. The whole place had a great, laidback atmosphere (especially with all the kids going down the slide pictured below.)

There was also an old man with dreadlocked dogs! They were kind of smelly ><‘

Those 2 dogs were really funny. The male dog kept getting jealous of the female one that came over to be pet, but their owner explained to us that she actually dominates him!

There was a Chinese-style tower in the park too!

We discovered a great Indian restaurant in Munich. I definitely recommend it to anyone craving some curry and naan!

I loved the philosophical writings on the menus! Click on the picture to take a closer look =]

I’m So Excited to Come Back to Cali!


I get to go to SF on a business trip next week! In case you couldn’t tell, I’m very excited to be coming home =]

In honor of all this happiness and excitement, here’s all the things I’ve missed and am excited about:

  1. My family, friends and kitties

    Aren't they cute? ^^

  2. The sun!
  3. AIESEC parties =D
  4. Delicious, affordable sashimi at Ray’s
  5. Hydrationcurry and milk tea

    So many memories here!

  6. Feeling like I’m home

PS. if you want me to bring something back for you, now would be the time to tell me! ❤

Napa Was Amazing!!


I went to Napa Valley this weekend with my good friends David, Renee and Alex and had so much fun! We visited 10+ wineries over 2 days.

Before I get into all the details and pictures from my trip, thank you so much David and Renee for planning this trip for me! You guys are simply amazing! 

I’m only going to give you guys the highlights today so this can be more of a  picture-blog. Looking at pictures of vineyards should be more fun than wishing you went wine-tasting with us ;D As they say, a picture is worth a thousand words!

Joseph Phelps is the second winery we went to on Friday. All the wine-tasting took place on a beautiful terrace overlooking the vineyard.

What a great view just from the parking lot!

The Entrance

The terrace was gorgeous!

Aren't we a photogenic bunch?

The view from the terrace was so beautiful!

Another memorable winery we visited Friday was Beringer. Check out their website for recipes and wine-pairing tips! The barista(?) who poured our wine here was so friendly and the grounds were absolutely gorgeous.

Did I mention there was a castle?

... and a fountain too!

Beringer's legendary dessert wine, Nightingale, has a beautiful color!

Those two think they're so cool!

On Saturday, our second day, we went to Santa Rosa to get away from the more touristy places. We visited several great places Saturday but the 2 most memorable were Williamson and Valdez. Williamson had a small tasting room where we were served a small bite to eat with each wine. We had things like chocolate cake, blue cheese, and candied walnuts with honey (yum!)

I don’t have pictures from this winery and it’s not very well-known, but I highly recommend anyone who loves wine and food visit! The pairings were amazing and brought out wonderful tastes we didn’t expect. I know next to nothing about wine but even I could tell this was something special. They also only make as little as 300 cases of many of their wines, so don’t wait too long!

This last set of pictures is from a wonderful winery called Valdez. This is a smaller vineyard which is not very famous yet, but several wine magazines have been writing great reviews for a few years now (and their wines were served at the White House in 2008!)so it won’t be long before recognition and prices go up.

The owner, Ulises Valdez, was fantastic. He was laidback, down to earth, and immensely kind. He took us to look at the vines at his St. Peters lot (the vines grow right behind a church!), something no other winery did. Thank you for being so kind and generous with your time Ulises–I really appreciated it! This winery was worth going out of our way much more than I can explain with my limited knowledge! Enjoy the pictures =]

The vines were so beautiful!

These grapes reminded me of stained glass

The owner took us on a private tour and taught us about his Zinfandel grapes.

His oldest vines are a whopping 130 years old!

  

I had fun playing hide and go seek in the vines

All of these wineries were wonderful and the scenery was amazing! I had such a great weekend–Thank you so much for planning this trip for me David and Renee!! ❤