Friday, February 22, 2008

Recommendations on Napa Valley

  • We stayed at the Silverado in Napa Valley
    • They offered a great package which included $20 towards lunch and free wine tasting at 5 or 6 different places
    • Our first room was right by the parking lot, which is used by the golf course too. Very noisy. They switched us to a much quieter place when we complained
    • The have a very nice spa with hot tub, swiming pool, and exercise equipment which is included as part of the deal
    • Very convenient location

Wine Tasting recommendations

  • We received the following recommendations via a friend of a friend. We made it to both of the "musts" and they were very good.
    • Musts
      • Corison
      • Bremer, appointments required. Very pretty site
    • Recommended
      • Martini -- Lots of choices available
      • Caymus -- reserve

      • Cakebread -- good bar
      • Frank -- family owned, free tasting
      • Artesa -- beautiful site, good wine


  • Terra -- French and Asian fusion, very good 1345 Railroad Ave, St Helena, CA
  • Taylor's Refresher -- famous hamburgers 933 Main St. St Helena, CA
  • Mustard's Grill -- 7399 St. Helena Hwy Yountville, CA

Saturday, February 16, 2008

Recommendations on Paris


  • Notre Dame (be sure to check out the Roman ruins under the church)
  • Sainte-Chapelle (stained glass)
  • Arc de Triomphe
  • Pere Lachaise Cemetery (Jim Morrison's grave is in division 6)
  • Musee de O'rsay (Impressionist art)
  • The Sacré-Coeur Basilica
  • Neighborhood of Montmartre
  • Wander through the Jardin des Tuileries
  • Wander through some Paris neighborhoods
  • Lunch at a local cafe away from the touristy areas

Other Suff

  • Louvre interesting but too big. Mona Lisa viewing is very crowded
  • Eiffel Tower, good view, nice overview of the city

Restaurant recommendations (from comments on Sandwalk )

  • La Coupole, in Montparnasse, to eat. Famous brasserie, was frequented by various early 20th century literary sorts.
  • Lunch: Pouch-la on the rue Mandar in the 2nd arrondissement. It is cosy.
  • La Palette, rue Seine: an artists' hangout.Chez George, rue des Canettes: old style and lots of wine.
  • Le 6, either rue des Canettes or rue Princesse: lively bar/restaurant.