The Musée du Vin Paris (The Museum of Wine)

Musée du Vin Paris exterior

What would Paris be without an entire museum dedicated to the manufacture and subsequent enjoyment of wine? Well, we finally paid a visit to the aptly-named Musée du Vin Paris on our last visit. And we were pleasantly surprised by all the viticulture-themed treasures displayed inside! Now, I’ll be honest. The Museum of Wine doesn’t sound like … Read more The Musée du Vin Paris (The Museum of Wine)

A Day Trip Through the Hunter Valley Wine Region

Hunter Valley

What better way to spend a birthday than to take in a winery tour in a foreign country? That’s what my husband and I did this November for our respective birthdays. We just *happened* to be in Australia for our birthdays, which, of course is a fabulous place for wineries and picturesque vineyards. We were staying … Read more A Day Trip Through the Hunter Valley Wine Region

Supper at Zur Höll in Rothenburg ob der Tauber

Zur Höll Rothenburg ob der Tauber

Rothenburg ob der Tauber is easily one of the prettiest, most picturesque little towns in Germany. In fact, this was one of the many reasons we wanted to spend some time here. Rothenburg first piqued our interest when a photo of the Plönlein, one of the most photographed places in Germany, graced the cover of our 2015 Europe … Read more Supper at Zur Höll in Rothenburg ob der Tauber

Taking a Beer and Brewery Tour in Munich

Empty Hofbrauhaus mug

Germany is, without question, one of the most famous countries for beer. When I told my dad we were spending some time in Germany, he instructed me to have a few pints for him. He said he remembered the beer being exceptional when he was stationed there “back in the day.” So what better way … Read more Taking a Beer and Brewery Tour in Munich

The French Wine Experience – Les Caves du Louvre

les caves du louvre wine

What better place in the world to do a wine tasting than in France? My husband and I just spent a glorious week in Paris, and of course we wanted to try some of the local wines. Day trips to the Loire Valley seemed excessively pricey, so I did some research and came across Les … Read more The French Wine Experience – Les Caves du Louvre

A Day Trip Through the Douro Valley

Douro Valley scenery

My husband Mark and I booked four wonderful days in Porto during our Portugal excursion. We earmarked one of those days for finding a day trip through the Douro Valley. This is the heart of Portugal’s grape growing region. We really wanted to learn first-hand how these beautiful little orbs of flavour become wine. And … Read more A Day Trip Through the Douro Valley

Seeking out the True Genever Experience: Wynand Fockink

Wynand Fockink exterior

If you haven’t caught on already, I love Amsterdam. The museums, the shopping, the food, the architecture, the weather, the tulips….it’s all amazing. But the one thing that had been missing from all of our adventures in this great European city, was to drink genever in a proper genever bar. For the uninitiated, genever/jenever is … Read more Seeking out the True Genever Experience: Wynand Fockink

5 Port Wine Cellars to Try in Porto

port wine barrels

On our recent trip to Portugal, we spent five lovely nights in Porto, which was voted Best European Destination in 2014. It’s also the birthplace of port wine. Port is a type of fortified wine. Fortified wines are made by adding neutral grape spirit (aquardente) to stop the fermentation process and secure the remaining sugar … Read more 5 Port Wine Cellars to Try in Porto

Brew-Curious: Edmonton’s Brewing History Tour

Bohemian Maid Brewery sign

Back in the spring, I came across a new tour being offered in Edmonton called Brew-Curious. It was a bus tour focusing on the history of brewing beer in Edmonton. It sounded like the kind of tour that Mark and I always love to explore when we’re on holidays in other countries. But this time … Read more Brew-Curious: Edmonton’s Brewing History Tour

The Český Pivní Festival is for Beer Lovers

Czech beer festival sampler Czech Republic

Part of our trip planning process often includes researching any local festivals, holidays or celebrations to experience, if we can get the timing lined up just right. Luckily, our holiday in May 2015 just happened to fall at the right time for us to experience the Český Pivní festival in Prague. Pivní, pivo, and/or pivovar are very important … Read more The Český Pivní Festival is for Beer Lovers

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