Tag: wine

Marlborough mountains

Refueling in Wine Country: Marlborough, New Zealand

The phone rings…”Annie, the grapes are ready to pick! If you and Mike want to catch the harvest, come to Marlborough ASAP.” It was Joanne and Bruce Kerner on the line, our family friends that followed their dream to start a vineyard in New Zealand. Ever since Kerner Estate opened in 2000, I’ve been dying […]

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Monks of Pyin Oo Lwin

Pyin Oo Lwin: Mansions, Monks & Ice Cream

There is a traffic jam of Cinderella-style carriages outside the Pyin Oo Lwin train station. The trappings of the Victorian era and a cool breeze make this former British hill station feel instantly different from any other town we’ve seen in Myanmar. Set at 3,500 feet above sea level, Pyin Oo Lwin was the Brits’ […]

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Crash Course in the Japanese Arts

How to tie a kimono, arrange an ikebana flower arrangement, write kangi calligraphy…these are skills we never dreamt we’d learn, but with three days in the historic city of Kanazawa and the help of The Art of Travel, we took the ultimate crash course in Japanese culture. More an art insider than a tour operator, […]

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Longest Wine Route in the World

Spanning a distance of 850km, Route 62 is said to be the longest wine route in the world, stretching from Cape Town, Constantia, to Port Elizabeth. Seeing that we were already heading that direction to get to the Garden Route, we decided that visiting the wineries along the way was a necessary evil (touch of […]

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Mendoza: Wine. Mountains. Magic.

Mountain climbing, river rafting, and winemaking is what Mendoza, Argentina does best…and what could be better? The fertile foothills of the Andes were calling our name so we set out for five days of adventure with ample breaks for wine and relaxation at Entre Cielos (see Anne’s post on this unbelievable resort.)   Day one […]

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City Living: Santiago

With over 55% of the Chile’s population living within the city limits, Santiago is the capital and cultural epicenter of the country. We spent an amazing five days here, exploring museums, farmers markets, mountains, vineyards, and the dynamic city streets.   Our overnight bus from Pucon delivered us to Santiago at 8:30am, so we searched […]

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abbey du Fontine

Charming Towns of Burgundy, France

France is just ridiculously charming. The vine-covered houses, stone walls, chipping paint, corner bakeries, family chateaus, all of this unabashed cuteness can leave you in a blur–but with a good guide, all the delicious details start to come into focus. Throughout the five-day William Ethan Experiential Art tour (Part I here), Ethan took us to […]

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