Monthly Archives: April 2016

The Finer Things In Life: Where To Go To Experience The Best Vineyards In The World

By Igino Siciliano|April 29, 2016|Travel/Outdoor|

There’s a saying in Italy that years, lovers and glasses of wine should never be counted. The saying is a testament to how much wine is esteemed in cultures that grow up around it. Producing fine wine is no mean task: the grapes have to be planted in the right soil, ripened to just the right amount, plucked at the right time, squeezed, pulped and the juice fermented and then stored for the right number of years. No travel experience is complete without a visit to a truly great vineyard and winery so here is a list of the best wine production countries and their regions:

Bienvenue en France

France is the most famous wine producing country in the whole world and also has the highest volume of production. Fun fact: although bubbly is called ‘champagne’ casually by everyone, only the effervescent, clear wine produced in the Champagne region of France is actually allowed to be marketed as champagne; other champagne- like drinks should be sold under the label “sparkling wine.” There are famous chateaux in France that cater to guests who wish to make visits to the more celebrated vineyards in regions like Bordeaux, Champagne, Cȏte du Rhone and Burgundy

Bienvenido an España

Spain is also a country famous for its distinctive full- flavoured wines. You can take a wine tour in Spain via the rail as Spain is a large country and the vineyards are far apart. Areas like Navarra, Priorat, Rioja, Rias Baixas, Ribera del Duero, and Rueda produce two types of wine: Quality Wines Produced in a Specific region (QWPSR) and Vino de Mesa or Table Wine which is a more domestic and commercial sort of wine.

Many experts believe that sherry, the unusual tasting wine, originated with Phoenicians who colonized and settled in the Iberian peninsula of Spain; a wine tour in Spain will steep you in the wine history of Europe.

Benvenuto in Italia

Italy has a long history of making wine, from the time of the Roman Empire. There are 15 different wine producing regions in the country; coincidentally, there are also 15 administrative districts in Italy. This is because making wine isn’t limited to certain areas in Italy. Each region has its own wine, flavoured by its local culture. The more famous wine regions include Lombardy, Tuscany, Sicily, Puglia, Veneto and Campania among others. Italian wines are divided into two: rosso (red) and bianco (white) which have further varieties like arneis, pecorino and pinot grigio in white wine and aglianico, dolceto and sangiovese in red.

How To Diversify Your Eating Habits On Your Holiday

By Igino Siciliano|April 19, 2016|Holiday Services|

A holiday is not only a chance to relax and take a breather but also to expand your mind through culinary and travel related experiences. One of the simplest means of familiarizing yourself with a new region is to experience its food, and what better way to do this than to indulge in some exceptional local products and meals. If you want to open yourself up to new experiences and expand your palate at the same time, you should consider researching the specialties that the region offers even before you visit. Once you have familiarized yourself with the gustatory offerings that are available for you to partake of, you can compile a list of the more popular places that you must visit. However, once you visit, you should also take the expertise of the locals into account and consider broadening the scope of your culinary adventures. An advantage of being in a new region is that you get to experience food practices that might be different to those you can get at home, so make sure that you get a chance to get a properly immersive local experience through the region’s food. 

Visit the more popular local culinary establishments

If there are eateries that come well-recommended, make sure to pay them a visit so that you get a suitably diverse selection of meals to enjoy. Consider the kind of local specialties that the specific restaurants might be capitalizing on so that you can visit multiple places to get a better idea of what is available locally.

In order to find the best restaurants around, make the necessary inquiries from a local so that you get to visit the best kept secrets in the region, rather than the standard tourist hotspots. Looking for best restaurant in Albanya WA? Check this page for details.

Visit local farmers markets to source local produce

The best way to procure some quality local produce is to pay a visit to the local farmers market so that you get to experience the entirety of the diverse array of local specialties available for consumption. Whether it is seafood or other organic produce, you can either eat them on location depending on the kind of produce, or take some home to whip up a fresh and delicious meal. Find out the best spots for fresh local produce and other organic foodstuffs manufactured in the area so that you have a uniquely local culinary experience during your stay. If possible, make sure that you visit all the local eateries that specialize in using these local products so that you can experience good food with an even more unique local twist.

Tips For Grabbing Cheap Flight Tickets

By Igino Siciliano|April 12, 2016|Accommodations|

There are instances where you see the most amazing deal on an airfare site online (when you are booking last minute too) and when you refresh the page, it ends up going missing or getting fully booked. In order to avoid these foreseen unfortunate circumstances, here are some tips for getting a good deal on online booking sites and agencies. There are a number of them so make sure to stay clear off the weird ones.

·         Book offseason

If you are not going to travel to a country where season seems to affect the nature too much (tropics do not have seasons) then it is best to take time off during the regular working times and go down to the Bahamas as the plane would most likely have you and your family. Off season tickets are cheap and also very easy to get extra on the deal. If you really want to go during the season to a subtropical country to see the flowers or something, then prepare yourself to spend at least a couple of grand on tickets alone.

·         Do not do the same search from the same IP address

The IP address is something that identifies your computer or device that you are logging into the internet from (in most basic sense). And in some instances, websites lodge a tracker onto your IP address to track how many times you do the same search. So when you do one search and then the same search again after a couple of minutes, the prices would have gone up for the flights. Either you should log in from a different computer or do a Google search on changing IP address and following those steps.

·         Booking short or long stay accommodation

Usually if you are staying and for an extended period the prices are cheaper as you can get a bargain, but this only works for some countries as most countries tend to have higher rates when staying for an extended period of time. Some online booking agencies allow you to book your short or long term serviced apartments Melbourne and the prices go down a lot when you book the flight and the place to stay at through the same site.

·         Make use of the 24 hour rule

Make a booking, check the terms and conditions for cancelling and rebooking your flight and make use of the 24 hour no penalty cancellation rule most online booking sites follow. With this you can book the cheapest flight, then check back within 24 hours to see if the price went up or down and cancel and rebook if it is cheaper 24 hours rates of serviced apartments Melbourne long stay. Make sure to read the cancellation policies, one back guarantees and other sensitive and important information that can save you several grand of money in emergencies where you might have to cancel.