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Article : Californian sunshine, travelling down the Pacific Coast Highway

After being very busy in San Francisco we opted for a couple of nights in the Napa Valley. If you haven't heard of it, well it's a county full of vineyards. In total there are over 400 so as you can imagine the scenery is green and lush, it's hilly and there are just way to many stops you could make along the way. On our first day in the area we travelled across to the coast to a town called Bodega which is where Hitchcock filmed The Birds. Most of the buildings that were in the film have burned down and only the schoolhouse remains But as I haven't seen the film I can't tell you whether any of the scenery or anything is similar! Onwards and we followed the sea upto a town called Jenner which was just in time for a coffee stop, we pulled over and as there was only one cafe we went in. It was run by a group of hippies, lots of long hair and flowers in fact even one of the dogs had all kinds of flowers, cloths and ribbons around it neck as well as some pyjama bottoms on?? Coffee was good
Memorial to 9/11 at NapaMemorial to 9/11 at NapaMemorial to 9/11 at Napa
and while we sat watching the ocean a chap started playing guitar and singing which was great, nice way to spend an hour. Back in the car and we followed the Russian River inland to Santa Rosa and then onto Calistoga where we went to one of the many vineyards. unfortunately the Gondola which should have taken us up the hill to the tasting rooms was out of action so we had to be bussed up which was ok. The views were lovely as we sat on the terrace with a glass of vino collapso. We did five tastings in all and it was a lovely way to spend the end of the afternoon, a meal in a Mexican restaurant followed. Off we go again and this time it's Napa, a very nice town, every other shop is selling wine and doing tastings. you can get on a wine train here and there are some very beautiful old buildings and hotels. In the middle of town is a memorial to 9/11, it's made out of the girders from the twin towers and has everybody's name etched on the glass. If there is such a thing as a beautiful memorial, this
Beach at CarmelBeach at CarmelBeach at Carmel
is one of them. Back to base and make some plans for the next few days.

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