Wine Talk: Burzi (La Morra, Langhe, Piedmont, Italy)

The reason I went to Piedmont, Italy in the first place was to see the region famous for  Barolo (along with Barbaresco, and, to a slightly lesser extent, Roero – but all are made from the native Nebbiolo grape) and do as much wine tasting as possible. Barbera, another Italian varietal, is also grown in Piedmont, and there is actually over 15 times more Barbera grown in Piedmont than Nebbiolo! #funfacts A friend of mine set up a tasting for me at a winery owned by a former colleague of hers. But before I get to the winery and the tasting, here’s a bit of background on the grape and the region.

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Wine Talk: Château Meursault (Côte de Beaune, Bourgogne, France)

Finding myself in one of the most prestigious wine regions of the world (renowned for producing the world’s most expensive dry white wines), I had to figure out how to do some tasting! Thankfully, I met some friends who had a car, so we were off to Château Meursault in the famous Côte de Beaune, which is the southern portion of Côte d’Or.

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Wine Talk: Champagne Faucheron Gavroy (Champagne, France)

Getting to visit a Grand Cru classé Champagne House was definitely the highlight of my brief stop in Champagne, France. Of the 100+ villages in Champagne, only 17 are considered Grand Cru territory, and each year the individual Houses need to prove their Grand Cru worth. I visited Champagne Faucheron Gavroy in Tours-sur-Marne (outside the Champagne centre of Epernay) and was given a tour of the cellars by owner Cathy Faucheron.

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Edoras and the Pelennor Fields

Ok, this is going to be a full on geeky fangirl post. I’ve already shared quite a bit about visiting Lord of the Rings film sites, and there was NO WAY I was going to miss two of the biggest, most iconic sites of them all! Namely, Edoras, home of the Horse Lords of Rohan, and the Pelennor Fields, renowned for some epic battle sequences.

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Edoras and the Golden Hall

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Rohirrim about to enter the fray at the Pelennor Fields

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Queenstown Letdown and Discovering Mount Cook

From Wanaka, I made my way down to Queenstown, Tourist Central and Home of Adventure Sports such as skiing, boating, sky-diving, and a really big swing. Before I got there, I took a brief detour to Arrowtown, a small village outside of Queenstown, where a few LotR scenes were filmed (Arwen and the Ringwraiths confrontation at the river, and in the extended edition of Fellowship, the surprise attack on Isildur). Like in Wanaka, Autumn colours were rampant and absolutely stunning. I had lunch and a delightful walk-around the town and along the river.IMG_0149 Continue reading

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2018: The Year of Positivity

My word for 2018 is Positivity, and I’ve learned quickly that this year needs to be approached differently than years past if I want to see any growth and self-improvement.  Continue reading

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A Brief Service Announcement

It is with deepest pride and greatest pleasure I proudly present my latest itinerary on this crazy crash-bang, whirlwind adventure of mine… Continue reading

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A Brief Sojourn in Wanaka

Maybe it’s because the weather cleared up, maybe it’s because the Fall colours were on full display, maybe it’s because I FINALLY got to do some adventure sports – but I freaking LOVED Wanaka!

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Wet on the West Coast

What’s the first thing that springs to mind when I say West Coast? Ok, probably California. But, unlike that warm, sunny, American expanse, the West Coast in New Zealand is generally referring to the section on the South Island along Highway 6 – from Kahurangi National Park all the way down to Mount Aspiring National Park. Renowned for its glaciers, mountains, national forests, and, of course, coastal views, I’m sure it was very nice, except for the fact it rained. Every. Freaking. Day. Which, ok, I admit it is exposed to the sea, so, you know, weather. But seriously! Buckets of rain all the time. And misty drizzles when it wasn’t pouring. I’d greatly wanted to go heli-hiking on Franz Josef Glacier, but it kept getting cancelled due to the weather. Eventually I just moved on because there was no forecasted break in the monotonous rain.

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Let Me Count the Ways

As I’ve mentioned, unfortunately my work visa for New Zealand didn’t pan out, and the past month and a half has been an utter whirlwind as I tried to sort out my path forward. I was waking up every morning with a knot of anxiety so bad it made me want to vomit.

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ANZAC Memorial

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