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Sweet, beautiful Antigua!

Antiguan Vibes

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I have wanted to experience sweet Antiguan Vibes ever since my Caribbean Student Association days at Binghamton University. One of our club members was Antiguan and her tales of life on the island and nearby twin island Barbuda always charmed me. Earlier this year, after my husband shot down my idea of a mini-road trip in California, I asked a couple of friends for some suggestions for islands other than Jamaica to visit with PJ on his Spring break. After considering a nice list of tropical paradises, we decided to visit Jumby Bay, a gorgeous private island resort in Antigua. Since my husband is the type of traveler who likes to check in and stay put, I made sure that I set aside a day where I could explore a little of the local scene. To document (and guide) my petit escape, I enlisted Vanessa Hall, a brilliant Antiguan phtographer. After the jump you’ll find a visual diary of the day we spent exploring Antigua’s tiny villages.

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Girlfriends Getaway: Bordeaux

Girlfriends Getaway: Bordeaux Wine Region

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Have you ever heard of noble rot? Maybe by it’s more elegant name, botrytis? It’s a form of grey fungus affecting wine grapes that has to be timed just right to develop a delicious sweet wine like the internationally renowned French sauterne. Timing, climate, moisture and picking-time has to be just so, or the whole harvest is ruined. There is no better time of year to visit Bordeaux and see this delicate process — pourriture or pourriture noble in French — in action and taste the delicious wines than autumn (so pencil in a trip for October now). And want a novel way to do it? Via a cruise along the Garonne river and it’s estuaries! This isn’t your grandmother’s way of cruising. A cruise is actually the perfect way to vineyard hop in style while in this picturesque region — and without any worries of “who’s going to drive!” Round up the squad, and let me show you how to have the perfect Girlfriend Getaway in Bordeaux.

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