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Walking Over Haddon in The Peak District

I confess I'm a fair weather walker, which means I often want to walk on our holidays, but whether we go is always dependent on the weather. I have a Goretex jacket but it's like a talisman. I own it, but I don't want to wear it and I hope vainly that just by having spent so much on it an schlepping it with me that it's going to ward off the rain! As you can see my travel planning involves a good deal of "magical thinking!" In California our cultural exuberance (paired with low standards) means we shamelessly call anything a "hike"  - as if we've scaled Everest in an afternoon. Here in England I'm not sure I even qualify as a "walker" because that denotes a level of seriousness I've failed at previously. Minimally it means you're wearing boots  and have an Ordnance Survey map (and possibly a compass) in your back pocket. I guess I'm more of stroller to be honest and I've blogged about my strolls all over the world; m…

Restaurant Month in Napa

So we're thinking about a weekend away in Napa and I recently discovered they have a January "Restaurant Month". Rather like Dine About Town in San Francisco  they offer special deals to get you into restaurants at what is a quiet time of year. It may be too late for us to make it this year, but I think it's worth knowing about. I particularly  fancy the four course $35 "Whole Hog" dinner at the Culinary Institute of America.
Unlike the San Francisco program the Napa incarnation is more freewheeling in its style. Instead of a common price for a three course prix fixe meal, the Napa offerings are more varied.  Lunches, dinners tasting menus, even deals on tacos! It's  all part of "Cabernet Season" designed by the tourist board to take the valley through the doldrums of winter until they arrive at the next public relations invention 'the Mustard Season', complete with its own festival!