Category Archives: Travel

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Sicily Part 1 – Getting There – How to Minimize Plane Fatigue

Sicily, Italy 2015  Part 1-Getting There-How to Minimize Plane Fatigue Traveling abroad is filled with so much happy anticipation except for the flight to get there. This is usually the source of dread. 10-15 hours in the air is a … Continue reading

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Messina Hof Chile Trip 2015 – Valparaiso

Messina Hof Chile Trip 2015 – Valparaiso -By Mike Vidrine Valparaiso is the second most important port in Chile. Back in the day it was even more important because before the Panama Canal went in, it was a major port … Continue reading

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Messina Hof Chile Trip 2015- Santa Cruz

Messina Hof Chile Trip 2015 – Santa Cruz -By Mike Vidrine February 8th, 2015 – Sunday Back on the bus after lunch and on to Santa Cruz (Holy Cross). This drive was on the Pan American highway, which supposedly runs … Continue reading

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Santiago, Chile 2015 – Day Two

Santiago, Chile 2015 Day Two – Toneleria Nacional Barrel Making Not only are the Chilean and Texas flags similar, but the sense of independence and innovation can found also.  On a recent tour of the Toneleria Nacional barrel making facility outside of … Continue reading

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Santiago, Chile 2015 – Day One

Santiago, Chile 2015 Day One Our 2015 Messina Hof VIP trip took us to the wine regions of Chile.  Paul and I arrivedearly to scout the area and become more familiar with the culture.  It always proves in the end … Continue reading

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Visit Villa Minna in Provence

Intellectual wines are wines that are too much work to understand.  It requires breathing, aeration, much contemplation to grasp the full character of the wines.  Villa Minna makes such wines.  The wines are subtle with delicate aromas, a distinctive minerality, … Continue reading

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Eight Travel Tips

Travel abroad can be exciting, adventurous, educational, and experiential.  It can also create a bit of anxiety and fear.  Much comfort and confidence comes from pre-trip preparation.  Here are 8 tips for safe, relaxed, and enjoyable travel. 1. Once you … Continue reading

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A Day in Istanbul

Istanbul is as colorful and diverse as the spices and brilliantly colored fabrics at the Grand Bazaar.  People are from all over the world and of every religion.  The city and the people are examples of extremes.  I had never … Continue reading

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A Day in Luberon

What are your favorite books?  Movies?  One of my favorite books is A Year in Provence.  One of my favorite movies is A Good Year.  Have you had the opportunity to experience the storyline that you love? Outside the Chateau … Continue reading

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A Messina Hof VIP Day in Pauillac

As our Messina Hof VIP group traveled through the countryside of Pauillac on a beautiful Sunday in June, massive stone Chateaux rose from the sea of green grapevine leaves on each side of the road like luxurious miniature fortresses.   They … Continue reading

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