Sunday, February 17, 2013

Ski, snow and red, red wine

Dear Zuri,

Thank you for the birthday card! Yes, I had a great birthday!

Remember Tobias, the German diplomat I told you about? Well, he sent me those mystery packages last week, one intended for Valentine's Day and the other for my birthday. I opened the birthday package on Thursday, where I found a round-trip ticket to Lake Tahoe!

Perrin had invited me to Brussels with him for a private tasting at a brand new luxury chocolate boutique, and Patrick had invited me to New York for a “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” show followed by a trip to the actual Tiffany’s. Viktor offered to make me a gourmet dinner, which I could accept at any time since he now lives next door.

But Tobias’ mystery packages and offer to ski at Tahoe caught my attention this weekend. I mean, a Vaping Vamp always entertains several man-notions, but only the best of the best wins her attention!

I planned my outfit around this beautiful scarf, inspired by Van Gogh's Starry Night 

I flew first class to a charming little ski resort, where I was first treated to a delicious spa. Then I got ready for dinner, planning my outfit around the stunning silk scarf with the Van Gogh Starry Night motif that Tobias had sent me in his mystery package.

After a day of skiing down the beautiful white slopes, Tobias treated me to dinner at Cafe Fiore, which features not only the best Italian food in the area, but it's also voted one of the "best places to kiss in Northern California!"

Skiing, fresh air, and red, red wine… who could ask for more? But the fun had only just begun. . .

The next day, we drove southwest to Napa Valley for an evening of wine tasting. I took vaping breaks in between visits to various wineries, such as the Kuleto Estate, where we sipped wine and watched the sunset from their hillside location overlooking the valley.



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