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Irish Legends Tour – Friends You Haven’t Yet Met.

 “There are no strangers here; only friends you haven’t yet met.”  
W.B. Yeats – Irish Poet, Nobel Laureate

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Come and make new friends as you tour the Emerald Isle on the September 2015 Irish Legends Tour –   September 18 – September 27

Click to see all the details on our web page

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2015 Waterfalls & Wine Tour

Waterfalls & Wine

Our research is almost complete! In June 2015 we will be hosting a very special Waterfalls & Wine tour in the Pacific Northwest. From the supple Pinot Noirs of Oregon’s Willamette Valley to the Powerful Merlots of Walla Walla Washington, we will cover the wonderful world of Pacific Northwest Wines. Our wine country travels take us along the Columbia River Valley where we will view amazing displays of easily accessible waterfalls. You do the packing and leave the rest to us.

While we are firming up plans with wineries and hotels – mark your calendars – full details are coming soon!

The way grocery shopping should always be

We’re talking “market day” in Italy!  Nearly every town in Tuscany and Umbria have a weekly market day and there is nothing more special than being a part of one.

Usually held in the mornings, the town square is filled with dozens of trucks with literally everything from fruit to nuts.  There will be stalls selling shoes, clothing, olives, bread, meats, cheeses and everything in between.  Now don’t get us wrong, this is not a tourist attraction, this is how the locals shop and it’s amazing to be able to participate.  We love to sample our way through the market, always buying things to eat throughout the rest of our trip or to pack for our family back home  When we aren’t sampling we are photographing the array of items for sale.  On our Wine Centric Italy trip in October 2014 we’ll be experiencing market day in Greve in the Chianti region.  I know we’ve said it before, this is another one of those experiences you must have when visiting Italy.

Wineglass to Wine Glass

When we were last in Tasmania we had the wonderful opportunity to take a Wineglass to Wine glass trek.

From the Freycinet Lodge we walk up the Hazard Mountains to the Wineglass bay lookout.  Here we took in spectacular views of the Freycinet Peninsula and the Tasman Sea.  Then we descended down into the bay, tracked across the isthmus to Hazards Beach and then partook in a rather sumptuous meal of local cheeses, fresh seafood , Tasmanian beef and quail, and just a few glasses of Tasmanian wine and beer.

Our trek begins

Our trek begins

The trekkers are ready!  Including our “celebrity” pal (no longer) bachelor Jason Mesnick

Tasman foliage

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Wineglass Bay

Here is a view of Wineglass bay from the lookout

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Beautiful view from the beach at Wineglass bay

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Artistic sand shot!

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After we leave the bay to cross the isthmus, we meet a Jill Wallaby with a Joey in the pouch – awesome!

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We’ve been spotted!

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Hazard beach now in sight on the other side of the isthmus.

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Now leaving Hazards Beach and heading towards our feast.

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“the facilities”

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Our personal chef hard at work, also a nice selection of local beer to help us recover from the walk.

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Our dining room!

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What more appropriate start than a bottle of Hazards Ale from Wineglass Bay Brewing!

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Fresh seafood starter

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Working on the Tasmanian beef

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Yum

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View from our dining room

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Cheeses to finish with

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Go find the boat to go home.

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Just a bit rough so we need to use the dinghy

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Feathered friends bidding us adieu.

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We made it – Freycinet Lodge back in sight.

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