Nina, one of my friends since preschool, and I toured Sonoma County for some wine tastings, with stops at Chateau St. Jean, Benziger and Viansa wineries. We took some photos “senior portrait style” in the garden. The drive through the countryside was beautiful and wineries dotted the hillsides. Most all the wines we tried were great. When tasting wine, I learned that my nose is an instrument and that one should look for varietal character. Solid advice, I’m sure, though I still only have two indicators: tastes good, or it doesn’t. We had dinner in Berkeley with my friend Natasha, a fellow 3M summer intern from 2002, at Angeline’s for some Louisiana cookin’.
The San Francisco Painted Ladies are a famous row of Victorian homes located on Steiner Street between Hayes and Grove. My friend and I hiked up Alamo Square park in the rain, so I could get a photo of the houses shown in the opening credits of the TV show, Full House.
Situated at 42nd Street and Park Avenue in Manhattan, Grand Central Terminal is the largest train station in the world by number of platforms (44, with 67 tracks along them). It opened in 1913 and covers an area of 48 acres. Today, about 750,000 people pass through Grand Central daily and over 1 million people daily during the holidays. I’ve actually ridden the New Haven line many times to visit my friends in Connecticut, though there wasn’t time on this trip.
A quick trip to NYC meant that I got to see my ND friend Katie, who also happened to be in the city. It was 10:30pm in Times Square (and still with hundreds of people milling about), and I couldn’t resist taking a photo of McDonald’s. This restaurant went a little overboard on the signage…the Arch is used on the exterior 36 times!