Thursday, September 28, 2006

Shop 'Til you Drop and A little Tipsy

I'm home from California, and I have to say, I had a great time. Anyway, I arrived Friday and my friend, Efrain, picked me up. We spent the day in San Francisco. HE took me to the Golden Gate Bridge, and then we drove around some areas of the city I'd never seen before. We even drove through the Castro district, which is where most of the gay population of San Francisco congregates. That was interesting, to say the least.

On Saturday, I went back to San Francisco, this time with my friend, Noelle. We did a lot of shopping and spent way too much money, but hey, it was fun! Get this! We were waiting for the cable car to ride to Fisherman's Wharf. Well, three of the cars had already passed us because they were full of tourists (which I don't consider myself anymore since I've been out there so many times). So, we're waiting and this limo pulls up and says he'll give us a ride for the same price! So, we hopped in the limo and rode in style to the wharf!

After shopping along Pier 39, we got a taxi to China town, where I shopped some more. I bought the cutest tea pot
set for 10 bucks! After we left China Town, we went to the San Francisco center and got some Hagin Daz ice cream (my favorite) and shopped a little more before heading home...We spent about 7 hours in the city total.

After the day in the city, we came back to Noelle's house and we, along with her friend, Flor, got in the hot tub and relaxed!

Now, Sunday was the highlight of my trip. And all of you conservative Christians out there may be a bit surprised, but I don't feel the least bit guilty about this trip. I have prayed about drinking alcohol, and I think it's okay as long as you don't go too far. That's my opinion. If you have a different one, then keep it to yourself.

I spent the day in Napa Valley, which is wine country. We started the day at a restaurant called Brix, where we ate brunch. They served me a Mimosa to drink, which is a mixture of orange juice and champagne. I really enjoyed it, to my surprise! And the food was absolutely fantastic!!!

We left Brix, and went to the Chandon winery, where I had a glass of was so good, but it was more than a normal was more like two glasses! We walked around there for a while. IT was so beautiful! I didn't do a wine tasting at this winery because they didn't have anything sweet, and I only like sweet wines. We left there and went to a winery called Milat. This was my favority one, because it was small and personable. The owner is actually who served us the wine. I did a wine tasting here, and Noelle and her husband bought some wine. Then we left and went to the Berringer winery. Berringer is one of the oldest wineries in Napa Valley, so we did a tour of this one. That was so interesting. And the tour ended with, you guessed it, another wine tasting. So, as you can imagine, by the end of the day I was feeling a little funny. I wasn't drunk, by no means, but I was a little buzzed. Give me a break, okay! I was in Napa Valley! I don't usually drink more than one drink in any given day, so this was a little out of the ordinary, but it was fun!

So, that was my trip. I came back to South Carolina Monday. Now, I am looking forward to my trip home to Alabama next month...but sooner than that, I will be going to see "Rent" this weekend. Fun!!!


Anonymous said...

Well when you come home to Alabama, you will have to come to Calera and visit our Winery. YES, we have one. I have not been myself but have been meaning to go. They serve food as well. It is sort of like sandwich/soup kind of place. A few people have went here from work and say that it is good.

jamleah said...

I'm so glad to see pictures! Yeah!! And as for the alcohol... I think a lot of Christians come to the same conclusion as you did. I agree.