Feeling surprisingly spritely after our tastings the day before our next stop was an early lunch at three Michelin starred the French Laundry.
Given our penchant for fine wine and food we couldn’t pass through California without stopping off for a spot of wine tasting in Napa. When we woke up, we were sad to see that the rainy weather had finally followed us from the UK – I guess this was bound to happen at some point! Still, what better place to be than an area where its acceptable to stay inside and taste wine from an hour that would more frequently be considered breakfast time…
Having packed in so much the day before, we decided to take our second day of sightseeing in San Francisco at a slightly slower pace. First taking advantage of the central location of our hotel to pop into a few shops and then riding the cable car over the hill to Fisherman’s Wharf.
San Francisco has been hovering near the top of my must-visit cities for a while, so I was really excited to be able to spend time here as part of our trip to the States. With a jam-packed itinerary we set out to fit in the best of the sightseeing in San Francisco in two days.
Being firmly of the view that to stave off jet lag you should stay up as late as possible, we booked ourselves in for dinner on our first night at Aubergine (at the Relais & Chateaux hotel, L’Auberge Carmel). Having heard great things about this restaurant, I was very excited for my first taste of gourmet Californian cuisine and this was definitely worth fighting through the sleepiness for!
Determined to pack in as much as possible on our trip, we planned to start our trip on the California coastline. I met the boy straight off the plane and we drove down to Carmel. The drive from San Francisco to Carmel wasn’t in itself particularly scenic (the dramatic coastline was on hold until the next day) but in no time at all (or so it seemed to me given I promptly fell asleep…) we arrived in the picturesque sea-side town of Carmel.
As soon as I decided to move jobs, I knew I had to use the opportunity to indulge my passion for travel. I couldn’t pass up the chance to escape the tail end of the UK winter to explore and eat my way around a country or two, before settling back in to day-to-day life in London.