Napa, Sonoma, and Marin Counties Christmas 2016

Downtown Napa

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Downtown Napa 

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Healdsburg

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Culinary Institute of America at Greystone, Near Napa

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Culinary Institute of America at Greystone 

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Jack London’s House State Park 

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A visit to the Hess Collection, on an estate near Napa 

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Follow the Russian River to the Coast 

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The Russian River Near the Coast 

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Near Bodega Bay 

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Marin County Civic Center, San Rafael 

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From atop Mount Tamalpais

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A Dip in the Puglia

Puglia (ˈpül-yä), Italy, the region known as the ‘heel of the boot,’ is a region of Italy less frequented by tourists. The region, also known as Apulia to the English, doesn’t have the cachѐ of Florence or Venice, or the grandness of mighty Rome.  It’s not the beating heart of finance, design, and fashion that is Milan. It’s a simple place where food and life are paced for the simple joy of living. Its people speak English less frequently, and are more traditional. I find the Italians to be generally and genuinely, warm and friendly people. They’re hard-working, honest, and polite. The children are incredibly well-mannered. They’re smart, and the things that are important in life, like family, friends and celebration, hold their rightful place at the apex of their culture.

I had been to Puglia once before. In 2009 I visited Bari and Lecce, the two most prominent towns in the region. I was enchanted watching the old Italian tradition of Passeggiata every evening. It’s an Italian tradition, still strong in the south, in which the community comes out to walk and socialize around 5 to 6 pm. They dress well, socialize, and enjoy their community. I was very excited for a deeper exploration of Puglia.

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