Friday, July 12, 2013

San Francisco/Napa Trip Part 2

Wednesday night we had a nice dinner at Michael Chiarello's restaurant, Bottega (he's from the Food Network). It's located in the lovely, quaint city of Yountville, a town that resembles pleasant-ville! I enjoyed walking hand in hand with my love up and down the tree lined streets just taking it all in. It's wild how on one side of the road are palm trees and on the other are these whimsical ones. The Napa area is a crazy mix of mountain scenes (like I've seen in Colorado) and tropical ones like Florida or even southern California.
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I did so enjoy my tomato salad with balsamic vinaigrette and balsamic pearls.
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Neither of us was really crazy about our entree, but the desserts were definitely great! I enjoyed this Tiramisu, it was served completely differently then I've ever had it before.
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I've been enjoying all my time with Adam this week; we've had such a fabulous time together! I'm very thankful for our marriage and the almost 10 years that we have had so far. God has been incredibly gracious to us. While we've been away we've been able to spend some time praying together and thinking about the future but also thanking God for where He's taken us in the past years. It's been such a sweet time for sure!
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We had a great time stopping in for a quick bite of lunch one afternoon in Napa too. Gotts was a great place to stop along the highway. We split an Ahi Tuna sandwich with de-li-cious slaw along with fried zucchini sticks that were out of this world good!
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We drove into San Francisco, returned our car and found our hotel, they were literally 50 yards apart...I was shocked at how close the two places were, and it wasn't because of my planning, that was just an added bonus.
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We checked in and dropped our luggage. I had told the lady at the front desk, when we were checking in, that we were celebrating our 10 year anniversary, and this kind jester was waiting on us when we walked into our corner hotel room.
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We grabbed a bite of lunch before heading to Pier 33 to catch our ferry over to tour Alcatraz. Let me just start by saying, IT.WAS.FREEZING! I can hardly believe that it is July 11th, and I'm having to wear a fleece lined jacket!! Bbbbrrrrr!!

Alcatraz was really neat, there was an audio guided tour that was very informative and interesting!
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The view of the city from the ferry.
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Alcatraz, was beautiful and picturesque.
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Here's the warden's house that burned down.
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Inside the prison, was a little bit creepy to think about (or hear, as I was listening to doors slam shut on a new prisoner, or the sounds of a fight breaking out amongst the prisoners) in my audio tour. Alcatraz housed some of the most notorious criminals in the United States, Al Capone was one of the most famous inmates.
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Here's Adam standing in Cell block D, also known as Isolation. There was a quote that kept coming up on the tour, "if you can't obey the rules you have to go to prison, if you can't obey the prison rules, then you have to go to Alcatraz!" Alcatraz was one of those places where you couldn't escape because the island was about a mile and a half away from San Francisco and the water was very cold but more then that, the prisoners could see and hear the hustle and bustle of people living in San Francisco and it reminded them of just how close life was around them, but yet how far away their freedom was.
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In the kitchen/dining area, there were pictures of the knives that should be hanging in a certain place, that way the warden and other officers could tell if a knife was missing.
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Alcatraz is a national park and therefore everything is protected and kept immaculately. There are lots of species of plants and birds that are protected on the island. There are many beautiful gardens with lush succulents as well as different types of birds.
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We ended our day with dinner at the Pier 39. We enjoyed some seafood at Bubba Gumps. Our waiter was quite flamboyant, he asked all his tables to answer some Forrest Gump trivia, he was very fun to watch. We walked up and down the pier shopping and enjoying some Ghiradelli chocolate, those chocolate carmel cashew turtles were so good!
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