Posts Tagged 'Wine'

The Blues Won´t Get You Down in Kinsale, Ireland

Even if you are not Irish, your eyes will be smiling with a visit to Kinsale, Ireland. Just a stroll along the river, by the harbor, on the upper side of the town consisting of its charming shops and of course, Irish pubs will exhilarate you.

Besides the pubs, Kinsale is known as the “Gourmet Capitol of Ireland,” and you will find wonderful cuisines that will suit all palates. It is said by many that the best tasting meals you have ever had will be here! You can even learn some the specialites at the Kinsdale Cooking School, featuring guest chefs each week.

Desmond castle is a short walk uphill and was a 15th century Custom and Town House that has had a checkered past with many stories to tell. Besides serving as a Customs house from around 1500, it became a prison for French prisoners during the Napoleonic Wars and relief centre during the famine. It is now finally converted to The Irish Wine Museum, where you become a connoisseur or perhaps just a little more knowledgeable than you were before.

Kinsale can easily claim its place among being one of Ireland’s more historic locations, as the town with its castle, can boast two historical forts, Charles Fort, and James Fort.

Dating from 1677, Charles Fort  can give visitors a good chance to familiarize themselves with the history of the town. A wealth of information is supplied by the Exhibition Centre and do not miss the chance to view the fort from a vantage point at the mouth of the harbor.

The pentagonal shaped fort with a covered walkway leading to it, is James Fort, constructed between 1601 and 1603. Here, again, you will hear the tales behind the walls.

A vacation rental in Kinsale, Ireland is the way to go.

A vacation rental in Kinsale, Ireland is the way to go.

No wonder so many visitors head back year after year. With great food, wonderful shops, and amazing views, Kinsale will be one of your favorite places to vacation. Stay at a vacation rental overlooking the River Bandon, sleeping six, so bring the whole family to explore.

This little Irish village nestled between the hills and the shoreline hosts and coincides with Cork’s well-known jazz festival with one of their own. The best of Jazz and Blues takes place in Kinsale, Ireland featuring international acts from the US, UK and Ireland. The music spills out on October 24th to the 27th.

Among maze of narrow picturesque streets, never far from the water, Kinsale will resound to the sounds of this party during four days of live jazz performances. Live it up and then after the festival, enjoy this small quaint city when it returns back to its normal flavor.

Although Waterford reigns with its crystal, Kinsale Crystal is gaining fast. Take a peek inside and you will even find that you can watch some of this beautiful work being done on the premises and not mass produced. Kinsale Silver is another shop, where the craft is made with pride  as the silversmiths create one of a kind silver jewelry.

A visit to kinsale can be yours, with or without jazz. So when will go head there?

Advertisements

Jazz It Up in Beaune, France!

Everybody loves French Wine! Well, that might be a bit over-the-top but the upcoming festival takes place from September 11 to 21 is a sure crowd pleaser especially with jazz thrown in. The festival brings about the major international players in the world and gets bigger every year for this 10 day festival.

The festival repeats the success of previous years and combines tasting of Burgundywines before each concert with a program of swing, blues, harmonies and improvisations. Where will this take place? In Beanue (pronounced bone), where the rest of the year it manages to retain the old world quality of small quaint village.

But this charming town is actually known as the capitol town of wines in the Burgundy Region. Made up of narrow cobbled streets and sunny squares dotted with cafés make it a lovely spot to sample the region’s wine anytime of the year. Besides fine food and classic French décor, you can even take a balloon ride over the entire Burgundy region. Beaune still manages to retain its air of an ancient French town while catering to the influx of tourists who come to sample and buy the wine.

Beaune Vacation Rental, France

Beaune Vacation Rental, France

What better way than take in the full aroma of Beaune than with a rental vacation home? It makes for the perfect hub to discover the entire region of Burgundy.

With many properties to choose from such as this 100 year old totally renovated 3 bedroom jewel for as low as $68 a night, you can see all of Burgundy too!

This way you can enjoy the festival, Beaune and Burgundy as well!

Things to do in Burgundy:

The prominent product in the Burgundy region naturally is the grapes. By not tasting and learning about these fine wines available would be a loss to recognize the true value of the culture of this province. One tour not to be missed is visiting a wine chateau where you will never feel like a tourist. You will grasp the influences of how the weather, types of grapes make up the classification system of grand, premier or table bottle of wine. Once home you can put that knowledge to good use and impress your family and guests.

Walking and cycling are popular activities in all of Burgundy and you can follow trails right through the pleasant wine-producing areas near numerous villages.

There are many galleries, museums and ancient villages within the area. You may not be able to hit on the entire area, but there is always time for another visit in the near future.

Musée Rolin – This museum has a vast collection of artifacts from the ancient Romans who settled in the small village of Atun, in which many of the structures within the confines of the fortified walls of the old town.

Fontenay Abbey – This UNESCO world heritage abbey was built in the middle of the 12th century near the town of Montbard. It is privately owned and is open for guided visits.

Hospices de Beaune – Founded in 1443 as a hospice for the poor of Beaune following the Hundred Years War, now converted, and preserved as a museum.


Categories

Vacapedia Blog Visitors

  • 62,553 Travelers
Advertisements