Soaking up Sun in Palm Springs

So after getting my fill of snow in Utah, it was time to head off to the dessert in California.  I usually try to not waste a lot of time at the airport and end up cutting it fairly close when it comes to checking in, but this time I surprised even myself.  After scheduling the 5am shuttle from my hotel, we actually ended up leaving at 5:05am, at which point I was starting to get a little worried as my flight was at 6am. A slightly stressful drive over to the airport went smoothly and I went straight to the counter to drop of my bags (thank you priority check-in!) and walked over to security.  As I was heading through the security check I got a notification that my flight was boarding, so I picked up my bags on the other side, walked to the gate, and straight on to the plane.  From the time I left the hotel to the time I was sitting in my seat on the plane was a mere 20 min!  I think that will be my personal best for quite a while. Continue reading

I’m still here…

 

It’s been a busy few months, and I really have to catch up on editing and posting all my blog posts, but I thought I’d do a quick summary of what’s coming 🙂

Firstly, I’m going to finish off my Swedish adventure with my long trip home (trust me, it was a journey!)  and then the next big trip will be my travels in February!  I was barely home for a month, jumping around between Utah, California, and over to Paris, Switzerland, and Liechtenstein!

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When in Rome… Errrr California 

One of my favourite things to do in California is to go wine tasting.  There is definitely not A lack of places to choose from in the Bay Area.

Sunday I headed over to two wineries near Cupertino: Cooper Garrod and Picchetti Winery.  Both are set in the Santa Cruz mountains just a short drive from the city.


Cooper Garrod has a neat tasting room in one of the old buildings on the property and plenty of room for a picnic or just space to enjoy a glass or two of wine outside.  Tastings are $10 for a flight, with complementary tastings for members. Being a member means we got to try quite a few of the wines as well as a very nice 2000 Cabernet Sauvignon… Mmmmmm so yummy!  They have some unique blends of wine and their “test pilot” wine is a very nice red blend, would definitely recommend it as a good place to stop.

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