About Nick E
Lives in London, United Kingdom
Since Oct 2013
50-64 year old male
I am a professional travel writer and have always preferred independent budget travel, making use of public transport and discovering the local way of life wherever I go. I have been to nearly fifty countries but my "holy triangle" is my native London, Greece and India. I lived in Athens for almost a decade and still visit Greece regularly. I was also based in Pittsburgh for nine years and return to that most underrated city when I get a chance. My total time spent in ever-fascinating India is now over four years and it is always a joy to return. I still cover large parts of Greece, India and the USA for the Rough Guides and occasionally get to go on a busman's holiday to somewhere new.
Forests, Geologic Formations
Hot Springs & Geysers
Art Museums, Wineries & Vineyards
The Sharpsteen Museum's permanent collection concentrates on the history of the northern part of the Napa Valley from prehistoric times to WWI, with special emphasis on the period of growth caused by mass immigration. The varied temporary exhibitions are changed twice a year.
Located in its own purpose-built wing of the St Helena public library, the Robert Louis Stevenson Museum contains a fascinating collection of memorabilia and displays chronicling the life of the Scottish writer, who spent some time in the region.
The Petrified Forest, around five miles west of Calistoga, has a fine array of trees turned to stone, both out on the wooded trail and in the small indoor museum. The surrounding scenery is equally spectacular.
This modern reconstruction of a Palladian villa is a veritable treasure trove of art and whimsy, all lovingly created and personally explained to the visitor during the guided tour by Italian owner and artist Carlo Marchiori. The lush grounds contain recreations of ruined temples, a shell-encrusted cave and a peaceful Buddhist corner.
Indian Springs is a delightful gallery, which showcases an interesting collection of modern art, ranging from abstract paintings through imaginative sculptures to the exquisite cut glass pieces of world famous John Lewis.
Although it barely compares to its namesake in Yellowstone Park, Napa's very own Old Faithful Geyser spouts off with alarming regularity and gives you a good taster of the thermal activity to be found further north in California. The gardens and other on site attractions add to its appeal.
The museum's permanent exhibition, The Land and People of Napa Valley, provides a fascinating glimpse into how the area's climate and geography shaped the lives and wine-based livelihood of its people, while there are also constantly rotating displays by a variety of artists.
The gallery at this renowned winery features the work of twenty artists, who are personally supported throughout their careers by founder Donald Hess. Styles range from vibrant paintings to huge pieces of avant garde sculpture.