Back to the Flat

Back to the Flat

The best wines are the ones we drink with #friends. In #California, one of the #foodanddrink capitals of the U.S., you can gather up a group to go taste the wonderful #wine, lounge with the sea lions on the beach, and pass the Golden Gate Bridge, all in a day!


The Adventure That was

We arrived back in Brussels at suppertime on Monday. My brain is still catching up to my body. Jet-lag sucks. Miraculously, once again, all of our bags arrived in one piece. Our cats were well looked after and happy to see us. I’m more or less finished with the post-travel cleaning spree (Yay for small flats) and now I’m catching up on my photos. 

Ah, the photos. It seems one whole card of images was lost to the digital ether. I’ve somehow lost all of my New Brunswick photos. I’m still not sure how it happened but I’m mighty pissed (angry). Luckily, all of the other cards were intact so I have my California and Pugwash pictures. I think more image storage is in my purchasing future. 

Reflecting on the past four weeks is hard (it could have something to do with all the wine and martinis…). It’s all a bit of a blur. I left off my last post; halfway through the Californian portion of our trip so I’ll try to pick up there. 

Wine Tasting and Sight Seeing

On Thursday, we headed to Monterey with a group of people from Andrew’s work. 

We did a wine tour, had diner and drove along the scenic coast.

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It all sounds pretty civilized, because I left out the quantities of wine consumed. Let’s just say we got our anti-oxidants that day… Thank God there are pictures (and none of me).

The next morning (um… late the next morning), we checked out and had a big, greasy breakfast (mmm, breakfast burrito). We made our way back to San Francisco with one of Andrew’s co-workers, but first we had a look around Monterey. The waterfront was lovely and we walked the boardwalk to discover hundreds (no exaggeration) of sea lions. 

The waterfront was lovely and we walked the boardwalk to discover hundreds (no exaggeration) of sea lions

They were very noisy and fun to watch and photograph. 

Beautiful Memories of California

Back in San Francisco we were kindly invited to stay with friends in their gorgeous Victorian home. There was a fabulous diner party on Friday night (accompanied by some wine purchased on our tour) followed by an interesting concert downtown.

Saturday one of our hosts gave us a terrific tour of the area (the BMW convertible sure beat the open top bus we were considering) and dropped us off at the top of a cable car line. We rode the cable car down to the waterfront where we walked to the famous Pier 39. It was packed, so after a few photos we headed uphill (and I mean UPhill) through several of San Francisco’s most interesting neighbourhoods, including Chinatown. I couldn’t help but do a bit of shopping in Chinatown and the camera was pretty busy. We continued on to Union Square for some retail therapy and finally met friends at the Four Seasons for martinis (the best in the US, so they say). After drinks, we had a nice Italian meal and had a fairly early night. 

Our next morning started with brunch on the sunny patio. We then had another lovely car tour to Twin Peaks for some photo ops. Back at the house we set out on foot through the Haight-Ashbury neighbourhood to Golden Gate Park. We visited the gorgeous conservatory and the new de Young museum

We visited the gorgeous conservatory and the new de Young museum
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By the time we were finished, our feet were ready to fall off so we said our goodbyes (and many many thank yous) and headed to the airport. Just let me say this – airport massages are the best invention ever. 

The red-eye to Halifax was uneventful ... really uneventful as we had no entertainment system. Yay, Air Canada. We were met at the airport by Andrew’s parents and headed to Pugwash. We spent a relatively lazy week and it was fabulous. The weather wasn’t as great as last year but we did make it into the pool and of course we had our lobsters. The siblings-in-law all arrived on Thursday so all of the Matheson clan were together. There was a lot of laughing, chatting, eating and maybe a bit more drinking. We watched the Olympics and cheered Canada on. On Saturday, my parents even took a trip up so we had both families in one place at one time. 

Sunday we headed back in to Halifax for yet another red-eye home. Another long layover at Heathrow turned into another spa trip. If only I could afford a massage chair for the flat… with delivery and installation included. 

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