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South African wine in Stellenbosch

It may not be as internationally famous as many other types of grape but the South African wine industry believes Chenin blanc has the potential to become a major player in viticulture. It has, on first impressions, everything going for it.

Chenin blanc is an aromatic varietal that can be used to make a range of white wines from dry to sweet. It is relatively sturdy grape to grow and is generally quite affordable for the consumer.

In some ways, its biggest obstacle is a simple matter of branding. It is competing in an international market against some strong well-established competitors – Sauvignon blanc, Semillon and Chardonnay, for instance.

Read more here: http://www.timetravelturtle.com/2015/06/chenin-blanc-wines-south-africa/

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South African wine in Stellenbosch

For many decades, the economy of South Africa was built on gold. The valuable natural resource saw a boom in wealth and the glittering metal still makes up 20 per cent of the country’s export products.

But in the rolling green hills around the region of Stellenbosch – a short drive from Cape Town – is another natural resource that the locals are hoping could be a goldmine of a different variety. It comes in the form of a grape – the Chenin blanc grape, to be exact.

Read more here: http://www.timetravelturtle.com/2015/06/chenin-blanc-wines-south-africa/
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Kayaking on the Dordogne in France

There are no rapids, no whitewater challenges. Although the flow is quite fast in places, there are also stretches where I need to paddle consistently to avoid coming to a complete stop. These are not the bits where I float. The points where I place the paddle across my lap and sit back are when there are straight stretches and a decent current.

Sometimes there are high limestone cliffs on one side of me; other times I can spot a majestic chateau high above the trees; there are a few places where a bridge crossing the river creates a perfect scene; and at other times it’s just the birds and the trees that catch my attention. I’m pretty sure I spot a squirrel swimming between the banks at one point.

See more photos on my blog: http://www.timetravelturtle.com/2015/07/kayaking-on-dordogne-france/

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At times I wonder if I’m doing more floating than paddling. That’s not really the point of kayaking. But, then again, it’s not that often that I have the opportunity to kayak with scenery like this.

I’m on the Dordogne River in the south of France – a waterway of about 500 kilometres that reaches the sea near Bordeaux. The name alone evokes a romantic notion of French rustic charm with grand castles and lush nature. While this region is popular with tourists, most stay on the land. But the river provides a natural and special way to explore.

See more photos on my blog: http://www.timetravelturtle.com/2015/07/kayaking-on-dordogne-france/
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Shanklin is one of the popular seaside towns on the Isle of Wight and the main beach is full of tourists on a warm day.

But you only need to go a few hundred metres along the coast and you'll find a deserted stretch with all sorts of sealife in the rockpools and on the sand.

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The small town of Ventnor on the Isle of Wight prides itself on being a little different. It's got a strong artistic community and a bit more of a continental feel than some of the island's other areas.

A perfect location for the annual Ventnor Fringe Festival that is embraced by the whole community, which opens its doors to provide interesting venues and experiences.

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South African wine in Stellenbosch

For many decades, the economy of South Africa was built on gold. The valuable natural resource saw a boom in wealth and the glittering metal still makes up 20 per cent of the country’s export products.

But in the rolling green hills around the region of Stellenbosch – a short drive from Cape Town – is another natural resource that the locals are hoping could be a goldmine of a different variety. It comes in the form of a grape – the Chenin blanc grape, to be exact.

Read more here: http://www.timetravelturtle.com/2015/06/chenin-blanc-wines-south-africa/
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South African wine in Stellenbosch

For many decades, the economy of South Africa was built on gold. The valuable natural resource saw a boom in wealth and the glittering metal still makes up 20 per cent of the country’s export products.

But in the rolling green hills around the region of Stellenbosch – a short drive from Cape Town – is another natural resource that the locals are hoping could be a goldmine of a different variety. It comes in the form of a grape – the Chenin blanc grape, to be exact.

Read more here: http://www.timetravelturtle.com/2015/06/chenin-blanc-wines-south-africa/
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Kayaking on the Dordogne in France

At times I wonder if I’m doing more floating than paddling. That’s not really the point of kayaking. But, then again, it’s not that often that I have the opportunity to kayak with scenery like this.

I’m on the Dordogne River in the south of France – a waterway of about 500 kilometres that reaches the sea near Bordeaux. The name alone evokes a romantic notion of French rustic charm with grand castles and lush nature. While this region is popular with tourists, most stay on the land. But the river provides a natural and special way to explore.

See more photos on my blog: http://www.timetravelturtle.com/2015/07/kayaking-on-dordogne-france/
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Kayaking on the Dordogne in France

At times I wonder if I’m doing more floating than paddling. That’s not really the point of kayaking. But, then again, it’s not that often that I have the opportunity to kayak with scenery like this.

I’m on the Dordogne River in the south of France – a waterway of about 500 kilometres that reaches the sea near Bordeaux. The name alone evokes a romantic notion of French rustic charm with grand castles and lush nature. While this region is popular with tourists, most stay on the land. But the river provides a natural and special way to explore.

See more photos on my blog: http://www.timetravelturtle.com/2015/07/kayaking-on-dordogne-france/
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Osborne House on the Isle of Wight. This enormous grand home was the summer retreat of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert.

The gardens stretch out all the way down to the queen's private beach. But the real highlight is the interiors. Opulently decorated and full of art, this is one of the finest royal residences in England and has been beautifully maintained.

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In the small town of Ventnor on the Isle of Wight, the whole community comes together each year to support a Fringe Festival.

Artists come from around the world (and across the island) but there aren't enough traditional venues to house them all. That's why you'll find pop-up performances in places like the local laundromat!

It's really impressive to see the atmosphere on the streets and the inventive ways that the Ventnor Fringe Festival has been incorporated into the town.

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1st laundromat festival I've ever seen!
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The old church and chapel are stunning and have so many little details inside to see. The views from the terraces and the pathways are beautiful as well. It is definitely worth a visit and better to walk up and down if you can to appreciate all the elements and perspectives. It's a pity that the town at the bottom of the hill is so touristy but it is easily avoided.
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St Michael’s Cave is a true natural wonder and is definitely worth the visit. The main hall of the cave is enormous and has actually been converted into an auditorium for performances with a capacity of about 400 people. From this section, there are stairs and pathways which allow you to explore other parts of the cave complex. It clearly stretches much further than you can visit and there is even a theory that it connects to a tunnel that you can use to reach Morocco. Although it only takes 20 minutes or so to walk through the cave complex you could spend much longer to look at all the different sections in detail. A light display continually changes the colours in the main hall area. Entrance to St Michael’s Cave is included in the ticket required to get into the Upper Rock Nature Reserve.
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It’s hard to imagine when you look at it from the outside but the Rock of Gibraltar actually has more than 50 kilometres of tunnels inside of it. Most of these were created during the Second World War using hand tools. In the early stages of the war, the British were worried that Germany would attack this strategic territory and the plan was to accommodate tens of thousands of troops in the tunnels in preparation. Although this never came to pass, the tunnels were used for other purposes like a hospital. You can’t see the majority of the tunnels but you are able to take a guided tour for about an hour and see some of the highlights. It’s quite an incredible sight to see where people lived deep in the rocks for months on end. There is an extra £8 charge for admission but it is definitely worth it.
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A wonderful reserve and something a little different from the flat plains of Africa. So few people are in the reserve that you'll probably see nobody else when you're driving in the vehicle. The Big Five are all here and there is plenty of wildlife. A stay at the Bongani Mountain Lodge is also fantastic with lovely rooms and wonderful service.
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Two centuries before the British built the WWII tunnels as a defence of Gibraltar, they built a much smaller networks of tunnels which are now known as the ‘Great Siege Tunnels’. The Great Siege lasted from 1779 to 1783 as French and Spanish troops blockaded Gibraltar in an attempt to claim it for themselves. The tunnels were built into the rock so that holes could be made in the cliffs to mount guns. In the end, it was a decisive element in the victory for the British. The Great Siege Tunnels are much more polished for tourists than the WWII Tunnels, which are still quite raw. The experience here is simple and can be done without a guide. The length of the main tunnels has small exhibitions and displays explaining the history and different features. Entrance to the Great Siege Tunnels is included in the ticket required to get into the Upper Rock Nature Reserve.
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This large brick construction on the lower part of the rock was built in 1333AD (over the top of an older castle) by the Moors who controlled much of the Iberian Peninsular at this point in history. It formed part of the defences that these Arab conquerors had constructed to protect themselves from the attacks of Western European forces. The best preserved section is the Tower of Homage which you can go inside and climb to the top of. It has great views across the city.Entrance to the Moorish Castle is included in the ticket required to get into the Upper Rock Nature Reserve.
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The Museum of Ethnology is a little way out of the main parts of Hanoi and you’ll probably need to organise a taxi or some other transportation to get there. Although it has a good reputation and is well organised, all the information can be a little overwhelming. It is essentially a museum about the different ethnic groups in Vietnam but it can be hard to take it all in. It is much better to visit if you know which areas of the country you are planning (or have) visited, so it makes a bit more sense. The main building has lots of displays and information while the outside areas has reconstructions of traditional buildings used by the various ethnic groups.
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