Monday, November 24, 2014

Chateau Villemaurine



The Chateau Villemaurine is near the medieval town in St. Emillion. I went to visit their cellars and was surprised that aside from their lovely vineyards, they had quarries of limestone underground which you could explore with a lantern. These quarries existed way back in the 18th century. At the end of the quarry I saw light coming through and took a quick picture before leaving the tunnel. The Chateau Villemaurine also has a monolithic warehouse that houses some of the finest wines in St. Emilion.

Monday, November 17, 2014

Roses and Vineyards

Chateau Villemaurine, St. Emillion

At  the wineries of Bordeaux you will find roses at the end of the vineyard rows.  I always thought they were planted to make the vineyards look more beautiful.  Apparently not.  These roses are like guardian angels to the grape vines.  Making sure that the vines are taken care of.  Apparently both the roses and the grapes are sensitive to the same mildew that kills these plants.  So if anything happens to these roses, it would be indicative of something wrong in the vineyards and serve as an early warning to the wine growers.

The vineyards at Chateau Villamaurine, St. Emillion


Friday, November 7, 2014

Monte Carlo golf

Monte Carlo Golf Club

La Turbie is the the site for paragliding in Monaco.  The forecast for the day was strong winds.  That ruled out paragliding for sure.  So the next best thing to do?  No, not shopping.  Golfing!  I didn't bring any clubs with me and ended up renting a 20 year old golf set which was a mix of Callaway's Biggest Big Berta, some Taylor made irons and a Zebra putter in a Ping golf bag.  There were no caddies and no golf carts but what a gorgeous view!  It was pure bliss to be 900 meters above sea level in a heavenly golf setting between the French and Italian Riviera.





Monday, October 20, 2014

Paragliding in France



It was an adventure of a lifetime for us to paraglide in the French Alps this year.  From fly sites in Samoens and Annecy all the way to Le Puy.  We experienced some of the best paragliding in the world.  We trekked our way up Le Mont Criou and flew around its snow capped mountains.  In Annecy the Col de La Forclaz flights were jaw dropping gorgeous.  From take off to landing in Talloires, Doussard, Semnoz- everywhere we went was just incredible.



Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Coffee scrub





I love my morning cup of coffee. I use freshly ground beans every single time. Nothing goes to waste because I use the grounds to make my own coffee scrub.  Did you know that caffeine from used coffee grounds are great for exfoliation and improves circulation?  Some claim it temporarily reduces the appearance of cellulite because when caffeine comes in contact with your skin it supposedly helps redistribute fat cells and decrease the formation of more cellulite.  As for me, whenever i use this scrub it leaves me with a smooth, glowing skin and enhances my tan.  Not to mention it smells awesome!  My recipe is very simple.  I use one cup of ground coffee, 2 Tbsp of Olive oil, 1/2 cup of brown sugar and a tablespoon of vanilla extract. Once you have tried this you won't go back to buying those expensive scrubs again.