Sunday, July 13, 2008

Napa Valley Day Trip


Went to Napa Valley today. Very little on the agenda and so - unlike our usual trips - it was a light and relaxing daytrip. First, we stopped briefly at the Robert Mondavi winery to book one of their afternoon wine tours. The tour is very highly rated but the main reason we picked this winery is that it is one of the very few wineries that we've actually heard of and whose wine we have drunk before. The winery looks pretty with lots of little gardens(apart from the huge vineyard) and so spent some time walking around. We then headed to Calistoga to see the Old Faithful geyser. This is one of 3 geysers in the US to gain the name Ol' Faithful and its always fun seeing the steaming water gush out at regular intervals. After that we headed back to Mondavi winery. Kids are ofcourse not allowed on the tour and since I've seen the tour before, I stayed with them outside while the wife and in-laws went on the tour. Headed back home right after that.

A few photos from the trip can be seen here.

5 Comments:

At 11:56 PM, Blogger Bart said...

Offtopic:
Saw "Muniyandi Vilangiyal Moondramaandu" (No idea why it had to be "vilangiyal"; it cud've been "thavaraviyal" or even "adai-avial"). Movie being so-so, Vadivelu was the life saver.
Interesting observation at the theatre. For almost all songs, a bunch of 20 to 30 ppl regularly walked out to smoke and do their other routines. For one song, "Kattipudikkum Karadiya.." close to the interval, even some women folk walked out. But when Vadivelu Song "Kodaangi vandhirukken" came later in second half, hardly one or two ppl walked out. This too in a movie where the comedian was not really at his "winner" best.. Even towards the end, the serious scenes received a couple of wise-cracks and boos.. After the climax, there was a remix of all the movies' songs in the track "Imayamalayum..". Couple of persons seated next to me said, "Nilluppa, vadivelu vum varuvarla".. They didn't care a penny to the energetic dance steps of Bharath. There was again the glee in the hall when Vadivelu appeared.
The movie could've well been named "Maniyaatti Saamiyar", Vadivelu's name in the movie.

 
At 7:14 AM, Anonymous ram said...

bb, that was a very very cute pic of K & K (on the bench).

malargallai poal akka sirithu vittaall...thambi, vishamam seyyaathathinaal amaidhi kondaall :-)

btw, did u attempt that cine quiz of mine, bb? score ena?

 
At 12:31 PM, Blogger mitr_bayarea said...

Balaji-

Finally, I get to see the Calistoga geyser as how it looks.

 
At 8:52 PM, Blogger Filbert said...

Balaji, what is the 3rd geyser named Old Faithful? :) Looks like the height of this geyser is less than 100 feet. How much was it actually?

 
At 11:01 PM, Blogger Balaji said...

bart, saw it yesterday too. less than so-so for me and vadivelu's track didn't do much for me either :)

ram, thats my favorite pic of the trip too :)
and i think my silence was enuf proof of my score on that quiz :)

mitr, if u're big on wines, napa + calistoga is a good trip. but i wouldn't say the geyser alone is worth a whole trip :)

filbert, ur question made me google it. looks like there are 3 in the world and not in the US. and the 3rd one is in New Zealand :)

 

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