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Castles and Caves: Exploring the Loire Valley

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I have learned a lot from my visits to France. Some of it being how much I so enjoy the countryside. Granted, I haven’t really gotten to see too many coastal towns, but the countryside, the smaller cities, and vineyards are my absolute favorite destinations.

It’s a combination of things; the slower pace, the friendlier, more patience faces, and the natural beauty. I think everyone should go to Paris if they have never been, but then I think travelers should take the time and see everything else outside of it to really fall in love with France.

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A Day in Angers, Loire Valley, France

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There’s something about the light in Angers that captivated me. The capital city of the province of Anjou, in the Loire Valley of France is about 2 hours with Rail Europe from Paris. The station is Angers Saint Laud, where one finds all the amenities – from cafes to car rental services – of a major city terminal.

I arrived to Angers a bit tired from my travels. I had only earlier landed into Paris from NYC, taken a taxi from the airport to the Montparnasse train station for my train into the Loire Valley. I was happy to discover that my hotel was a short 10 minute walk from the station, but the hot afternoon quickly took a toll on me as I made my way there.

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Eating My Way Through Anguilla

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Even though, for the moment, I am more than happy with the chilly weather in New York City, it won’t be long before I start wanting to escape to the beach again.

My list of favorite beach destinations is getting longer and recently I added another favorite: Anguilla.

Anguilla is a British island in the Caribbean. With a population of a little over 15,000, this is the kind of place where people really know each other, and if you visit enough times, will really get to know you as well. It is friendly and welcoming. During my visit, I had the opportunity to really experience the people, but most importantly, the food.

I did my best to eat as much as I could while in Anguilla (because, you know, research) and discovered some pretty great spots along the way. Because it’s not a very big island, with enough planning you too can eat you way through Anguilla and see why it has become one of the most celebrated culinary destinations in the Caribbean.

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A Walk Back in Time at Saint-Émilion, France

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What I love the most about my visits to Europe is how you can learn so much not just from its literature, but also from taking a tour, walking around, or admiring their surrounding architecture. There are countless cities and villages like these, but when in France a visit to Saint-Emilion, a World Heritage Site, is a wonderful passage back in time.

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The Storybook Experience that is Bergerac, France

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One of the stops that I made during my whirlwind adventure to the Bordeaux wine region was in Bergerac, in the Dordogne of France. I wasn’t really sure what to expect. Up to that moment every one of my experiences had been pretty spectacular, enough so that I’ve really been inspired to freshen up my French skills, kiss this life au revoir, and venture into the countryside of France for a new one.

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A Night in Bordeaux, France in Photography

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I wanted to share my night in Bordeaux with you through photos since words fail me when thinking of how I could describe it all.

There’s a lot that happened before I took these photos, but those stories will have to wait till I am not as tired as I am now (I had the most wonderful time walking in the rain today. For hours I walked into shops and boutiques, people watching, and photo taking).

I wanted to share these photos because I am still in that state of bliss from how beautiful this city is, especially at night.

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Bordeaux Wine Country – Follow & Win The Adventure!

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This weekend I will be heading out to explore France’s countryside, specifically Bordeaux. I will be meeting wine makers and taking wine classes, as well as indulging in wine and food pairings and touring villages representative of this beautiful area.

I usually don’t post about my trips before I go, but I wanted you to pay close attention to this one because it is not often that I get to share a trip that of one my readers can enter to win and discover on their own!

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Wine Sisterhood: A Celebration of Friendship & Wine in Napa

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It feels like forever ago since I went to Napa for the annual Wine Sisterhood Gathering. Like forever since I walked through beautiful vineyards, meeting wine makers and learning about the craft of growing grapes and developing some of the finest wines in the world. Like ages since I was surrounded by friends, both old and new, talking about our love for food, wine, family, and Napa.

My time in Napa always seems to go by too quickly when I am with the Wine Sisterhood ladies. These are days full of tons of information, lots of encouragement, and inspirational messages. It’s a great reminder that no matter how busy we may be, it’s important to take some time to separate yourself from it all and surround yourself with others with whom you can learn and from whom you can be inspired.

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Following the Mason-Dixon Wine Trail in York County, PA

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How often do you think of Pennsylvania state when you think of wine? Probably not that often. However, on a recent romantic getaway to York County, PA, my husband and I discovered that there were some quality finds along the Mason-Dixon Wine Trail, which has been hosting the Tour de Tanks event all this month.

A short drive from NYC and NJ, York County, Pa is in Susquehanna Valley, near Lancaster and Amish Country. An afternoon drive can consist of miles and miles of farmland, cute towns, and vineyards. The Mason-Dixon Trail is consists of more than 20 family owned wineries and one distillery featuring year-round wine tasting and several Signature Events showcasing the wine-making talent of the region.

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Unique Winery Experiences in Napa

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Oh, how I enjoy Napa. Just like there is a wine for each palate, so is there a winery for each personality. On my first visit, I got to check out some pretty incredible wineries, but going back made me realize I didn’t even begin to cover the tip of it all. And truly, it would take a lot more than just a long weekend to check out the over 450 wineries in the region, all of them so different from each other and many with incredible stories to tell.

The following are some of the wineries, each with something unique to offer guests. Note, all listed tasting fees are as of date of this publication and are subject to change. Please check the vineyards websites for more information and reservations. 

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