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Sonoma : we’re here!

We wake up, Katie & Scott land in San Fran, grab a rental car and pick us up.  We’re together! Two couples! Success… so far.  The rest of the morning involves us driving to the house in Glen Ellen for our wine weekend.  A few hours on the road, catching up, Brett & Scott meeting for the first time… we’ve talked about that FOREVER, and it has finally happened!

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En route to the home, we pass rows upon rows of the most beautiful landscape – Sonoma views at their finest.
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Our journey thus far had left us hungry, so we stopped for a bite to eat at Kenwood.
A logical thought had us sipping on a variety of brews, since we knew the entire weekend would be filled with wine-induced joy.
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For the life of me, I cannot remember the type of open-faced sandwich I had.  Some sort of fish, not salmon… maybe salmon? Clearly it wasn’t memorable.  It was hard to keep all the moving pieces in place without toppling over into my lap.  Nevertheless, we laughed and started the weekend off right.
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The calm before the beautiful storm.  There was maybe one more work phone call to take [Scott] – so we insisted on me taking a picture of Katie taking a picture of Brett taking a picture of Scott on the phone, with his work, in the parking lot, in God’s-freaking-country-Sonoma.
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We paid the bill and hightailed it out of there.  Molly & Chris were driving in a rental with Carley & AJ.  We were all within the same zip code and the energy was palpable.
The house we rented, called Oliviera…due to the olive trees growing on the property… was located up a mini-mountain.  The rental (a VW) handled the 45 degree incline nicely.  Sun shining, wind whipping through our car.  We cruised into the gravel parking lot and got out to explore.
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 The home has luxurious bedrooms, multiple bathrooms with tiled showers.  A pool, a hot tub, a fully-equipped kitchen, flat screen… the amenities don’t end.  They have their own shampoo and bars of soap made by a nearby body shop.  Fresh ground coffee is available for us in a welcome kit, made by local coffee shop.
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We can’t think of a detail they have left out.  Dave and David are apparently a doctor (am I making that up?…) and an interior designer/realtor who recognized this property as a prime location.. let me tell you, they were right!
The other four showed up moments after we arrived… and a good five minutes were spent hugging one another in excitement.  Is this what it feels like to be grown up? To be adults? Four happy couples meet in Sonoma, rent a multi-million dollar home for a long weekend of wine-tasting, Cards Against Humanity laughter, grill outs on the deck and memory making?  I know all are not as fortune.  We are blessed beyond dreams for this opportunity.
A quiet close to our first official day in Sonoma… we grilled chicken, drank on the patio and the four of us girls giggled at our fortune.  Well, at least I did.  What a treat to be enjoying a beautiful property, in a gorgeous part of the country, with some of the best people I know.
I love my life.
xo
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good morning Dublin!

Good morning Dublin!

Today we woke refreshed and sprinted downstairs for a last minute free hostel breakfast. We figured instant coffee wouldn’t be sufficient and splurged for macchiatos at The Bald Barista. We are happy to find the peanut butter here is excellent – peanuts, peanut oil, cane sugar, vegetable oil, and sea salt. How come in America there are so many ingredients?!

Off we hiked to the Guinness Storehouse for a tour (€13). This is the thickest, darkest beer I’ll drink. And only slowly. We toured the premises and learned how to pour our own pint. We’re pretty much rockstars. The 6th level is a beautiful glass wall overlook at the surrounding area – absolutely stunning!

Conor met us at the Guinness exit for our next stop : Jameson Distillery! I’m more into Jameson than Guinness, thus super stoked for this tour (€10.60).

On our way we grabbed a small snack…a roasted tomato and spinach wrap at The Food Gallery.

The Jameson Tour was narrated, very informative and ended with a glass of Jameson. Which we downed immediately. This is the best whiskey in the world. Period. Delicious.

We hopped on the light rail and visited a free local art museum, Hugh Lane Gallery. There were a few works displayed by Claude Monet there.

(check out Battleship Potemkin and Massacre of the Innocents at Chantilly)

A wee bit later we found ourselves at Cassidy.. a local pub… drinking beer, eating some killer pizza… and playing chutes & ladders. Throw back!!

4 some hours later we headed back to Conor’s apartment and spent the evening speaking Irish with his adorable flatmate, Ian.

At night it gets down in the 50s, and that’s quite alright with me.

Cheers!
Xo

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My favorite picture so far this trip took place in the seedy dark basement of Cassidy’s where there was a toilet tank suspended above the toilet with an arrow pointing down and the words “Ministry of Magic”… because here in Dublin is the closest I’ve ever felt to being in a Harry Potter movie. Wicked!!

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