“Life’s short, let’s go!” has been my mantra in Bordeaux this week, as we hit the ground running filming for “Getaway”, whilst also trying to make the most of every experience around us in one of the world’s great wine regions. We can do this! Jet lagged or not, you don’t want any special moments to pass you by.
Here, in this famed wine-growing region of south-western France, I’ve been constantly floored by the level of hospitality and the sophisticated Wine Tourism. The Guides are passionate and informed; the accommodation, inspired. We’ve been invited to cocktails at Chateau Giscours where they date their vines back to 1552. (Visit my Insta for a mini-tour. It’s the next-best thing to being here with me.) And we’ve had sundowners on the lawn of Chateau Siaurac, surrounded by centuries-old trees. (If you’d like more of a tour inside, join me on Facebook: I went for a mad dash with my phone.)
There are so many great stories to share from this beautiful part of the world. Can you believe they can trace the vines of this region back to around 100AD? We have the Romans to thank for that. And, in the Middle Ages, wine production was at its peak because wine was more trusted to drink than water.
The history here is palpable but, equally, the food, fashion and lifestyle is par excellence. As always, I’m doing my best to bring to life on film all of what we are seeing and, this August, watch out for my dispatches across the socials – and here, on JourneysToCome.com. I’ll be looking for every possible opportunity to share the journey with you. But there’s also so much happening in our world of travellers beyond my experience in Bordeaux…
This week’s Guest Traveller Lisa Ludvigson took along a friend to enjoy a girls’ mid-week foodies’ weekend in the Macedon Ranges of regional Victoria. Her story will get your tastebuds going, just as high-flyer Lydia Lassila did recently in our new section Come Fly With Me. You’ll see that one of the Olympic Gold Medallist’s all-time favourite places – Whistler, in Canada – has plenty to do and eat all year round.
Every other year, Grand Designs’ Peter Maddison makes a pilgrimage to Italy for the world’s leading exhibition, La Biennale di Venezia and, each time, he practises pure bleisure and bolts on a side-trip. You can read about Peter’s take on Venice and the Greek Island of Corfu in this week’s Come Fly With Me.
While on the topic of islands, in Ask The Concierge, Paula Vatunicoko, the Head of Concierge at Fiji’s Laucala Island, a member of The Leading Hotels of the World, shares his insights into maximising our pleasure on his luxury island.
And, before I go (those chateaux are calling!), I’m excited to let you know that you could win your own wild escape on a private island in Tasmania.
Located in Tasmania’s Freycinet National Park, around the corner from Wineglass Bay, Picnic Island is the ultimate wild escape. By day, you will enjoy watching dolphins, seals and occasionally, whales. By night, the island comes alive with penguins returning to their burrows. Prize must be taken in Spring 2017, on a date to be advised. www.picnicisland.com.au To enter, simply email firstname.lastname@example.org with PICNIC in the subject line.
Thank you to Picnic Island for the opportunity.
Remember: Life’s short, let’s go!