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A Memorable Visit to Chateau Siaurac in Lalande de Pomerol, Bordeaux

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There are wine regions that hang on the tip of the tongue of serious wine enthusiasts - those regions that quickly come up in conversation when discussing good wines from around the world. One of those is Bordeaux and all of its accompanying appellations. Working in the wine business for the past 10 years I've heard so much about this part of France, its history, the quality of wines, and vineyard practices. As a result upon personally … [Read more...]

Visit Paso Robles, California, (Before Everyone Else Does)

ULtimate California Road Trip-3

Rolling hills, gnarly oak trees, thermal spas, an innovative food scene, and some of the best wines produced in California (or anywhere) -- no I’m not talking about Napa Valley, or even Sonoma. Wine Enthusiast rated it a top destination in 2013. The Guardian calls it “the place to visit before everyone else does,” but the word is out - fine wine is being produced by boutique wineries in Paso Robles, California. Actually wine grapes have been … [Read more...]

Best Beaches in Bali

Sunset at Uluwatu Beach

White sandy beaches. Coconuts. Aquamarine waters. Colorful coral. Epic surf spots. That’s the vision dancing in people's heads when they book a beach trip to Bali, and with a little luck, that’s what they’ll find. But while Bali’s beaches can be all of the above, overly crowded tourist spots and heaps of trash piles can leave not-in-the-know vacationers wondering if the fabled beaches really exist. On my arrival in Bali, I fell victim to … [Read more...]

Pittsburgh: Inspiring Awe and Nostalgia

at Point State Park

Visit Pittsburgh. It’s a vibrant city with fantastic views and all kinds of easily accessible ways to see them, a sports legacy to envy, and vital American history. But more importantly, it is a tribute to what city government, public and private enterprise, and concerned citizens – what we, as human beings – can accomplish. In the last 50 years or so Pittsburgh has orchestrated a miraculous environmental transformation. Ride to the top of the … [Read more...]

Montreal: City of Festivals and Food

Soul Jazz Orchestra at Jazz Festival’s Casino de Montreal

Summer in Montreal is filled with a variety of festivals and events to fill up your days with a wide range of music, food and fun. Last week, I was invited to experience the vibrant port city, taking in a market food walking tour, craft beer tour as well as Jazz Festival and Complètement Cirque. Bonus? Discovering Montreal’s first quay-side Poutine Festival during my stay! Sleep My homes away from home were Fairmont The Queen Elizabeth … [Read more...]

10 reasons to visit unique George Town in Malaysia

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Two years ago we arrived to charming George Town with the intention of staying one week. We stayed one month in the end. In May 2015 we returned and again we stayed much longer than we had planned, and we will be definitely coming back to this intriguing town in the future. Where exactly can you find this town of wonders? George Town is situated on Penang island in the north-west of Peninsular Malaysia. We always feel home in George Town … [Read more...]

Travel in Harry Potter’s Footsteps in Scotland

Loch Torren - hill location of Hagrid's Hut in the Harry Potter movies

Do you love the Harry Potter books and movies? If you want more Harry Potter in your life, consider traveling to the locations where the Harry Potter movies were filmed. The movies were shot in the UK - in Britain and Scotland. There are tours where you can travel to the places, but remember that many of the scenes were shot in a studio, or are composites of several locations. When we were in Scotland, we visited all three of the Scottish … [Read more...]

The Kawarthas’ Lantern Restaurant Guides the Vacationer to a Gourmet Heaven

Ontario - Peterborough and the Kawarthas - Lantern Restaurant & Grill - McCracken's Landing on Stoney Lake where boats dock to reach restaurant at sunset 1

As our group of ten sipped on Stoney Mules on the patio of the Lantern Restaurant & Grill located on the edge of Stoney Lake in the Kawartha region of Ontario, I was content. At that moment, while enjoying this drink made of vodka, ginger-rhubarb shrub, mint and club soda, I could understand why this part of the province is so much in demand by tourists. The tree covered shoreline and the beautifully designed restaurant combine to make it an … [Read more...]

Marseille, France: European Capital of Culture

Arrived in Marseille! Beautiful backdrop of Marseille's Eiffel Tower, Basilica Notre Dame de la Garde from the steps of the InterContinental Marseille Hôtel Dieu

As someone who lives in Marseille told me, “Marseille is a way of life”. It’s the playing of pétanque (similar to bocce), the imbibing of pastis (an anise liqueur developed in Marseille as a substitute for the banned absinthe in 1915), the savoring of Bouillabaisse (for which Marseille is famous), and a certain "joie de vivre". It is also a way of life that embraces the diversity of this melting pot on the Mediterranean and its rich culture, … [Read more...]

An EDM fest in an Igloo? Add Igloofest 2016 to your list!

Chena-Ice-Hotel

How cool would it be to say you went to an EDM festival in an igloo? If that sounds like something you’d bundle up for, check out Igloofest in Montreal! I went this past January, and not only was it a blast, but visiting Montreal in January is a great bargain (and cold, but who cares when you’re drinking your jagermeister-root beer concoction!) As it so happens, I went with my mom; she was my travel buddy in Montreal. I had been dying … [Read more...]