Sunday, February 03, 2008

Mummy's entry - Napa Valley

this is a backdated post. i'm also having problems remembering every detail, serves me right for delaying this post i guess. ;)

After San Francisco, we headed to Napa Valley. The journey took us about 2 hours. We checked into the hotel first before heading to the vineyards. There were so many vineyards, we didn't know which ones to go to and luckily, the hotel we stayed at had a list and recommended a few to us.

We headed to Sterling's first as they had a cable car (actually they call it a tram but to me, the ones that take you up in the sky is known as a cable car). It was really pretty the aerial view from the cable car as well at the peak of the tour. We went around for the tour and got our 5 glasses (just 1/3 of the glass) of wine tasting for each person. Rye Li went in for free and she got a set of crayons and drawing paper when we left the place.

the girl looking down from the cable car

the girl and i posing

the view at the top of the vineyard

Sterling's stock, and there are heaps more!

the girl trying to pick some grapes at the vineyard

After Sterling's, we headed to this wineyard that has a castle (I forgot the name). We thought that the castle was authentic but found out that it took them 15 years or so to build it with materials that are actually old (if I'm not mistaken, taken from authentic castles or so). Too bad that they have 'slots' for their tour and apparently it is full for the day. So we just took whatever pictures we could.

After this castle, we headed to this place that sells a variety of cheese (like 200 over types) and of course wine as well. And this is what the place look like...

Interesting huh? Who would have thought that this place is actually a store. Once we came out from the car at their parking lot, we were greeted with a strong smell of cheese, not the nice ones you normally smell at the pizza parlour but those that you would think that there is a dead body or something lying around! Anyway, I'm thinking now how come I don't have a picture of the shop inside. It was pretty impressive and I guess we were busy looking around to see what we would be having for our picnic than to take pictures. Outside this place, there are ample of picnic tables and chairs for you to have your wine and cheese.
This was what we got and we hung out there for a bit.

The girl with our loot.

I love this shot - the girl was entertaining herself while we adults helped ourselves to our cheese, meat and wine! How I wish we have this type of weather here in KL.

This building was at the back of the store, I happened to come across it when I had to answer nature's call. Looks kind of creepy eh?!

Later that evening, we went to the Outlet store nearby our hotel to do some shopping. We only had like an hour before the stores closed so we breeze through them. The girl wanted a milk so I let her drink her milk in the stroller while we walked through the Timberland store. She choked on her milk and started vomitting out whatever she just had (projectile vomitting). Luckily for us, the pathway in the store was really wide and also so happened when she vomitted, she wasn't faced at any of their merchandise. So her puke was just on her sling, shoes, stroller and of course, all over the floor.

We felt so bad for the store, hubby came immediately to our aid and started to clean up the mess. The guy attending to the store, got out the mop with some spray and alot of paper towel. The whole time we were cleaning up, we fully apologized to the guy and he said no problem and that the floor needed cleaning anyway. I added somewhere along the lines that this was embarrassing (our first time with the girl in public) and the guy said no worries, just let her know when she grows up that she actually vomitted at a Timberland outlet in Napa Valley. Well, for sure I will let her know in the future!

That night, we lined the hotel bed with towels at where the girl was sleeping just in case. We didn't need another vomitting episode like the one in San Francisco or at the store.

The next day, before we headed back to LA, we stopped by at Target's to get some stuff. And luckily, SIL (sister-in-law) saw the medication that we wanted to buy at San Francisco for the girl but couldn't on the shelf and she managed to purchase it. We gave it to her immediately and it did help with her coughing bouts but still, we were prepared for any vomitting during our journey back to LA. The journey was really long! We left Napa Valley around noon, stopping by this place somewhere at Silicon Valley for Indian food buffet for lunch and we reached LA close to 8pm. Thankfully, the girl survived it, of course with some whines along the way.

There will be a last post next on our US trip...just the remaining days of our stay at LA.


wen said...

i want to go there too!

wishing you and your family a prosperous new year!

wHOisBaBy said...

Happy Chinese New Year!!

My boy also cough and he will throw up when the cough became too intense. Usually when he is coughing, I give him the 'ching fong sun' powder from Penang. I try not to give him any OTC medicine if I can. So far, the powder works great and his cough/phlegm clear up within 2-3 days if I continue giving him on daily basis.