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The Imperial War Museum, London

July 26, 2015

I love London, it is one of my favourite cities and with so much to see and do I always try to visit somewhere different each time be it an attraction or a museum. On my last visit to London, The Imperial War Museum was closed and undergoing a major refurbishment. It reopened in 2014 to coincide with the centenary of the start of the First World War. I made sure this time it was top of my list of must see places. The Imperial War Museum was created in 1917 to collect and display material relating to World War I. In 1939…

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Visiting The Glenfiddich Distillery

July 12, 2015

Just over an hour’s drive from Aberdeen in the heart of Speyside you find Dufftown, the Malt Whisky Capital of Scotland, here in Dufftown you find the world’s best-selling single-malt Glenfiddich. Glenfiddich is a Speyside single malt Scotch whisky owned and produced by William Grant & Sons. Glenfiddich means ‘Valley of the Deer’ in Scottish Gaelic, which explains the stag symbol on Glenfiddich bottles. The Glenfiddich Distillery was founded in 1886 by William Grant, William set out to fulfil a lifelong ambition of having the ‘best dram in the valley’ and started building his own distillery with the help of his nine children and…

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An Afternoon in Chablis

April 22, 2015

An Afternoon in Chablis A last-minute decision to visit Chablis while we were in the Burgundy area turned out to be a very enjoyable and memorable afternoon, following a quick search of tour guides in the Chablis area and we found that Franck the owner of Chablis Vititours was available to take us on a private afternoon tour. Off we set from Dijon train station and an hour and a half later we arrived in Tonnerre to begin our tour around the wonderful countryside of Chablis. Located in northeast France, Chablis is considered the northernmost extension of the Burgundy wine region. It is…

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Visiting the Gaugry Fromagerie

April 19, 2015

Visiting the Gaugry Formagerie The Burgundian cheese platter features the famous names of Epoisses, Cîteaux, Abbaye de la Pierre qui Vire, and Bouton de Culotte. With plentiful rich cow and goat’s milk available, the creamy cheeses are an essential feature in the cuisine of the region. The cheeses of the region date back to medieval times, having been made by the monks. Chaource, Epoisses and the Abbaye de la Pierre-qui-Vire are the most famous.  In the village of Brochon we find the Gaugry Fromagerie. The Gaugry family have been in the cheese business since the 1920’s when Raymond Gaugry began working in…

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Touring Veuve Ambal – Crémant de Bourgogne

April 12, 2015

Veuve Ambal Crémant de Bourgogne The Maison Veuve Ambal was founded in the heart of the Burgundy wine-growing region. Following the death of her husband a successful and prominent Parisian banker, Marie Ambal returned to her native Rully, a small village in the heart of Burgundy. Around this time saw the beginnings of the Champagne method, Marie taking an interest in this created her own Maison in 1898. Marie, produced both red and white high-quality champagne-method sparkling wines. Following her death in 1929, her grandson Charles Roux-Ambal took over the business, he was barely twenty years old. Charles spent sixty years at the helm of the…

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A Traditional Burgundian Lunch

March 29, 2015

The tiny picturesque village of Aloxe-Corton lies midway between the Côte de Beaune and Côte de Nuits. It is the only appellation which has Grands Crus in both red and white. Hidden in the village of Aloxe-Corton you find the Domaine Comte Senard. In 1857, Jules Senard, great-grandfather of the current owner created the original “Corton Clos Des Meix” vineyard. Covering a surface of six acres, the vineyard has been a monopole ever since. A monopole refers to a vineyard under exclusive control of one owner. On arrival at the estate we were warmly welcomed by Emilie our guide and professional sommelier. We…

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