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The list of ingredients in the name can be a off-putting to some people. After all, a combination of flavors such as those presented by lime, honey, beer, and various other spices sounds, well, to be polite, interesting.
A mention of Tuscany always receives appreciative nods when given amongst wine aficionados, synonymous as it is with the legacy of wine production in the area. Many who journey to Tuscany are in search of the history and culture which makes the area great; the recognition of the heritage of the grape and how integral the production of wine is to the local identity. Accompanying this history of fine drinking is the wonderful rolling hills and vineyards which dot the landscape, of stunning sunsets and long evenings under the warm night air.
Of course, for those uninitiated into the wine culture of this region, there are a variety of wine tasting courses or tours to be taken all across Italy. Wine tasting in Tuscany, or anywhere for that matter, is a great day out, although it can also be highly informative for anyone serious about learning more about the Vino Rosso. The appreciation of quality grapes and discovering the various nuances from different types does not come naturally for most. An experienced pallet has learnt what it knows over time and this is usually from sampling the different wines and being open to the different possibilities.
Undoubtedly the best way of learning is by an expert, and within Tuscany you won’t have travel far to find one. Tours in the region can take you all over; through the beautiful countryside, to some unspoilt areas of Italy you would seldom visit.
Based on perhaps the most well-known of the Italian red wines, the Chianti Classico Wine Tour will take your through the Chianti region, visiting two of the most influential wineries in the production of this famous ruby-red. If you want to sample the historic surroundings as well as the famous red, the Castles of Chianti wine tour is certainly worth your consideration. Stopping off at a winery situated within a genuine medieval Italian castle, it provides an experience imbued with both wine and history.
The abundance of wineries and culture in Tuscany and the surrounding areas means that the form in which you tour takes place is a flexible as your stay allows. For those taking a short break in the area a half day guided tour can be organised about the winery of your choice. Although if you plan to stay longer or perhaps make repeat visits to an Villa, longer private tours can be arranged if you want a more immersive experience.
There is of course nothing stopping the more adventurous amongst you from taking matters more into your own hands and walk or bike across the region. These comparatively slower ways of journeying give you a different prospective on the local scenery and ultimately making one of the best ways of appreciating the stunning view and wonderful history on offer.
About the Author
Our Author is an experience traveller and writer for working for different travel sites. Tasting wines, or any fine beverage for that matter, is a pastime he enjoys perhaps a little too much.
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Singapore is a highly misunderstood country! Some first-time tourists suffer from this notion that it is a nation which is all about skyscrapers and gaudy man made attractions. However, it is far far (make that far far far) from truth!
Flip through any and you shall instantly discover some green-n-wild corners where reptiles, birds and mammals sashay around with inhibitions as low as that displayed by the likes of Sherlyn Chopra and Mallika Sherawat! Since, the Singapore Zoo and the Jurong Bird Park, two major attractions for wildlife lovers, offer open enclosures, the animals enjoy complete freedom.
Here are some other corners (other than the Zoo and Jurong Bird Park) where you can watch wildlife:
MacRitchie Reservoir Park: If you love reptiles, then this place would serve you hot with monitors, lizards and dragons. Besides, animals like pangolins, squirrels and macaques are always round the bend! It is a rainforest spread over 2,000 hectares and offers the ramblers those long and satisfying walks along the bushy paths and rocky streams.
Botanic Gardens: Botanic Gardens is one of the most visited attractions in Singapore. It is also included amongst the ‘top 10 Singapore attractions’ and is well known for its wealth of flora! What you may not know is that the same garden is also home to a number of creatures which range from reptiles (lizards) to mammals (squirrels) to a limitless variety of birds! From woodpeckers to sunbirds, from kingfishers to eagles- this garden is the abode of over 300 varieties of birds. Do not forget to take your cameras and do not forget to visit this place!
Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve: It is a beautiful reserve which is marshy and swampy! Much like the Amazon rainforest, it is a wetland having a number of reptiles and birds. Some major attractions of the reserve are Malayan monitor lizards, horseshoe crabs, mud lobsters and changeable lizards. If you hanker after reptiles, then this place will be your ultimate paradise. Just in case, you are a bird-lover, then the presence of herons and kingfishers would come as a balm.
Other wildlife corners: Chek Jawa is another wildlife corner where a heady variety of animals can be discovered. If you do not wish to enter a mainstream forest, you can stick to the Jurong Bird Park and the Singapore Zoo. They won’t disappoint you, though that raw experience of a wildlife trek may be missing.
The good news is that are now available online. They take you to many of the coveted wildlife spots in Singapore. You can book them right away!
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Egypt is now a well-established ‘fly and flop’ holiday destination that’s become increasingly popular with British folk in recent years. Offering warm sunshine, great sites and luxury hotels all at competitive prices, this north-African country is a honey trap for families and couples who want a good value package holiday and a change from the usual big European resorts. Of course one of the major draws of Spanish and Greek resorts is the fact that British tourists are able to stay well within their comfort zone thanks to the largely English speaking locals, shops stocked with tabloid red tops, and of course, the national institution, the English breakfast, because after all, who wants tapas or Mezze for breakfast?!
While many holiday travelers flock to sample other cultures, including their food, there are some holidaymakers who require the veritable security blanket of an English menu complete with pies, Sunday-roasts and fry-ups (Benidorm has sandwich shops that wouldn’t feel out of place in rural Yorkshire), and the concern with emerging destinations such as Egypt for the less adventurous will always be ‘do I have to eat Camel’ (Camel is delicious by the way), ‘is Pork off the menu?’ and the classic ‘can I get a good cup of tea?’. Having spent a week in Egypt doing little more than stuffing my face, I feel I’m fairly well qualified to answer such questions.
We stayed in Jungle Aqua Park, a hotel that felt like a themed area within a large theme park. The entrance was like the gates to Jurassic Park (kudos to them), it had a huge pool that snaked around the 1000+ apartments, and it its own water park, which was almost as good as the seven all inclusive restaurants! Now, I eat pretty healthily on a day to day basis so I see a holiday as an excuse to eat whatever the hell I want, and I sure got my money’s worth!
Check out these other joints for mouth watering food and drink as well!
- Tagine – Moroccan delights
- Club MC – a snack bar (the main culprit for the extra couples of pounds I came back carrying)
Typically, we made a b-line for LeMarche at breakfast time, most of the food was served buffet style, but was replenished regularly so never ended being cold (or developing an unsightly skin). Chefs were on hand to cook omelets there an then, with your choice of toppings; somehow they managed to do this in less than a minute (it takes me a good hour from the planning stage to the finished product when I concoct an omelet at home). The usual breakfast fare was on offer, including sausages (not pork) huge selection breads, fruits, yogurts and juice.
Due to frequent and lengthy lie-ins, lunch would follow soon after, usually in form of a pizza and chips chaser. Again, all the pizzas were cooked fresh on-site in Club Mc, with a choice of toppings, and bottomless pits of (good quality) chips, and if you wanted dessert, there were wraps, rolls and sandwiches. If you wanted actual desert there was a dedicated ice cream parlor, though when we went it was only serving three different flavors – none of which were chocolate!
The place really came alive at night (though all the restaurants closed at 9pm, meaning no Spanish-style midnight dinning) the Colonies bar offered live music (well, an Egyptian Elvis impersonator, among other slightly suspect acts), while the trendier Indigo bar had dim lighting (that’s trendy right?) and played music that at least had a chance of appealing to people under 60.
Anyway, back to the food. Tagine really was the jewel in the crown here and without doubt the most popular restaurant. As you’ve probably guessed the faire was predominantly middle Eastern/Moroccan with plenty of slow cooked lamb, lebntils, cous cous, bread and humus. Yum.
The more I ate here, the more I appreciated the level of care that had been taken regarding the cuisine, in Asian Plant, there was a Chinese chef cooking the Chinese food and an Indian cook cooking the Indian food, a great touch. It would be easy for a place like this to provide barely edible and uninspiring slop, but Jungle Aqua park seemed to hit a fine balance between efficiently churning out mass produced food, and it actually being quite nice.
Very nice in fact! My two favorites dishes are steak and curry, so imagine my delight when, on our last night in the hotel, Asian Plant they were serving steak kebabs with Madras sauce and selection of sides including Naan and Dahl (lentils in a garlic sauce) which pretty much encapsulates my ideal meal.
Carb fanatics won’t be disappointed either here, the Italian kept hearty portions of lasagna and various different types of pasta coming with an almost relentless efficiency. The only downside were the desserts, which were generic across all the restaurants, no Italian Tiramisu or Pineapple fritters here, just an uninspiring collection of cakes exhibiting a wide variety of hues, but a very similar flavor.
We were super impressed by the food at Jungle Aqua Park, something that was evident from our ever-so-slighted expanded waists and new found mild lunchtime pizza addiction. The offering here was a good few notches above the average all inclusive sludge and in some cases, near top restaurant quality, highly recommended. Oh and in case you were wondering, I did eat Camel, you’ll struggle to find pork, and the Egyptians love a good cup of tea!
We’ve been on a few times with different companies, Hayes and Jarvis were the most memorable, though Jungle Aqua is only available through a few tour operators.
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