The Fizz Factor

The Fizz Factor

#takemeawaytuesdays, #thursdaytipples, Boozy, Drink, Travel
[caption id="attachment_11525" align="aligncenter" width="810"] The stunning southern English countryside is home to Hattingley Valley[/caption] When one thinks of tipples from England, images of lukewarm pub pints, crisp golden ciders or aromatic gins come to mind. As climate change becomes a factor that many winemakers across the world face, there is perhaps an inevitable shake up of the status quo. Consequently, winemaking opportunities have presented themselves to countries such as England, that up until now have had little winemaking experience. A CHANGING CLIMATE England has never been a country celebrated for its weather or wine. However, since the 1960s, the land’s marginal weather has warmed by about half a degree celsius, thus spurring an English wine revival that’s on the cusp of a renaissance, especially with regards to sparkling wines. In…
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The Eels Of Volendam

The Eels Of Volendam

City Guides, Travel
[caption id="attachment_7024" align="aligncenter" width="810"] Photo credit: Yihmay Yap and Jimme Woudstra[/caption] Tour bus by tour bus, curious and hungry travellers from all corners of the globe pour out of their tour buses and sprawl out onto Volendam’s harbour. Less than a half hour drive from Amsterdam, the quaint fishing town of Volendam is an enticing daytrip for the millions of visitors to the Dutch capital as well as locals across the Netherlands, who are searching for a taste of something rich: a fresh meal from the country’s biggest lake, the IJsselmeer. This now tourist-friendly town, however, isn’t what it used to be. Volendam’s story is unique and traces of its former life can still be found. Before 1932, this predominantly Catholic seaside fishing town was relatively poor and the people…
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