A Closer Look at Angkor Wat

The blog has been quite temple-rich recently. I have been out on photo tours, and temples just happen to be picturesque. Food and wine is as well, but since I have waited to visit Angkor Wat for so long, I thought it should have its own post, even on a wine-blog. Finally I have had a chance to edit some photos, that are nice to share, as well as I thought of sharing a few tips for those who are planning to visit. I didn’t take that much time to plan our visit, and that was perhaps the thing I would change if I would travel there again.   Continue reading “A Closer Look at Angkor Wat”

Our Christmas Tradition

Everyone has a Christmas tradition. Well, everyone at least that somehow celebrates Christmas. It can be small or big, elaborate or subtle. Ours is pretty simple, and not very Christmassy, but its a tradition and we like it. Every year, as we travel to Asia, we have lunch at Issaya Siamese Club in Bangkok, with cocktails and a long tasting menu. Every year we also eat so much that we don’t really need more food the same day.  Continue reading “Our Christmas Tradition”

Wineweek 165: Merry Christmas from Angkor Wat

Its Christmas eve and the sun is setting in Bangkok. We are not in Cambodia anymore, but that is what I will mostly write about, thus the title. One of the highlights of our trip is just behind us and I am eager to share some stories with you..and pictures. mainly pictures actually. Angkor Wat is the only tourist trap that is and has been on my bucket list for a long time. I am a sucker for temples, they are so picturesque. Continue reading “Wineweek 165: Merry Christmas from Angkor Wat”

Visiting Monsoon Valley Vineyard in Hua Hin

110 hectares of sand and slate terrain in the mountains of Hua Hin, international awards and a restaurant serving dishes made from ingredients grown at the local farm (they even have their own pigs). Sounds good right? Well, in all honesty it’s not as great as it sounds. The vineyards are beautiful with a picturesque restaurant building on the top of the hill and the wine decent taking into account that this is Thailand. But the rest of the experience feels like a bit of a tourist trap. I was surprised. With the above-mentioned features, how can you fail? Read on to find out…

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Wineweek 164: Beach Life

The long awaited Tour de Asia 2017 has begun. Finally! It feels like the whole year revolves around this tradition. We book the trip in June, start counting the months in September, book restaurants and tours in November and then fly off in December. January to May we ponder if we should return to the same hoods again or try out something new. Every year we conclude that there is no better destination than South-East Asia. Its warm, the food is good and the price level reasonable taking into account that we want to be away for four weeks. There is the occasional temptation of returning to Hawaii, but the strong US dollar has kept us from going. So here we are again, in Cha-am Thailand, starting our vacation from the same resort we visited last year, the Veranda. Continue reading “Wineweek 164: Beach Life”

The Silence of Suzhou

Suzhou is called the Venice of China. It is a city about 30min train-ride west from Shanghai, that is full of culture, history and canals. It is also a large commercial center, but there is something about the town that you can really forget about that part. Suzhou has a large number of relics and places of historical interest, and it is the place to visit some tranquil gardens, traditional temples, and stroll narrow roads surrounded by water. It’s a great day-trip destination if you are visiting Shanghai, but you need to go prepared. Here are a few tips to get you started with planning. P.S. No wine tips in this post (Suzhou is not really a wine-city).

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Wineweek 157: The Photographer Gone Wild

I have always been a bit fascinated with Shanghai. It is a mix of big and small, old and new, and classic and modern. The french concession has left its beautiful marks in the architecture, as well as the great ambitions of the Chinese keep erecting a futuristic skyline that is recognized around the world. Shanghai is a dream for a photographer; there is so much color and tiny detail that I could have just wondered around with the camera all day.  Continue reading “Wineweek 157: The Photographer Gone Wild”

Wineweek 156: Good Morning Shanghai

I’m actually not yet in China, but in a few days time I can say those words – Good morning Shanghai! I used to visit frequently, for business you know. But in the past five years, our encounters have been too few. I am looking forward to roaming around the old quarters again, snapping photos and snacking on street food. This is a bit of an unusual trip, as I am not traveling with M, but we have done the travel planning together so I am quite sure it will be a success anyway. I thought I would share a few of these tips with you even before trying them. My camera finger is just itching to get down to business.  Continue reading “Wineweek 156: Good Morning Shanghai”

Wineweek 153: Barcelona in Pictures

What is a great week in Barcelona made of? Sun, sand and the sea, and great food accompanied by cava. We really got lucky with the weather, as well as choice of restaurants. If one  is allowed to complain about something, it was the beds in our rental apartment. They were rock hard. So we slept poorly. I actually needed the weekend to recover from our vacation. Continue reading “Wineweek 153: Barcelona in Pictures”

From Barcelona with Love

It’s that time of the year again – cava overdose time. Normally we have timed our visit to the first week of October, the week of the cava festival Cavatast. This year, however, we decided to come early and stay in Barcelona instead. Sant Sadurni is a train-ride away and it always takes more time to visit the winemakers than we anticipate (we always end up drinking cava with them for hours). Now we are just drinking cava in Barcelona by ourselves (smirk). If you are interested in Cavatast, you can find a survival guide here. In this post I have collected a few old favorites from Barcelona – where should you go for a good glass of wine. I am of course also going to post about some new finds (but more about those on Sunday). Continue reading “From Barcelona with Love”