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Driving through the Route des Grands Crus

France is quite well known for its beautiful scenic views and drives. The old films showed it much better than any photographs can depict, but the fun thing is to travel and visit for oneself. One of the most scenic places in France is the Route des Grands Crus. It is a must-have experience – a necessary item for any travel lover’s bucket list. Everyone likes vineyards, after all!

The region

The region is famous for its Burgundy wines and is filled with beautiful vineyards. Wine production in the region has been established since the times of Charlemagne, so the vineyard owners are justifiably proud of their little, or not so little, vineyards. This region is also very easy to reach from some of the main cities of France. Located at a distance of approximately 1.5 hours by car from both Paris and Lyon, the Route des Grands Crus is a major attraction of Bourgogne. For tourists desiring to make this trip, there are many popular car rental agencies in both Paris and Lyon, like Alamo and Avis.


The route

The Route des Grand Crus, situated in Burgundy is a scenic route stretching from Dijon to Santenay for 60 kilometers. This spectacular route has became a famous tourist drive over the years. Covering 37 villages and towns, this gorgeous drive covers many vineyards producing different kinds of grapes used in Burgundy wine production. Each vineyard is small, only about 10 – 15 hectares, so they are very well maintained and a pleasure to watch as they flash by. The road is well paved and there is also a cycling path for those who want to ride there in summer, enjoying the nice breeze, and feeling the warmth of the mild sun.

The experience

Not only are the vineyards beautiful to watch, but the small stops in the villages on this route are worth the experience. Each village has its own tradition of wine making and its own history, and the local people are quite proud to explain why their way is superior.

At times during the drive, the vineyards give way to beautiful hills, forests and cliffs. The drive passes through certain historical spots as well, the most famous among them being the Vosne-Romanée chateau, famous for the Romanée Conti wines. Another famous spot to check out along the way is the amazing steep coloured-tile roof of Château Corton-André. The Château de La Rochepot, also located on the route, is worth a visit. Many of the small villages have old churches and community buildings still standing.

For those preferring a more athletic experience, there are several hiking trails set in various parts of the route, like the Sentier des Roches which moves across the Baubigny cliffs.

For information and assistance in undertaking a trip to the Route des Grands Crus, the Burgundy Today website is an excellent resource. This is certainly an experience worth having!

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Visit Glasgow – Scotland’s City of Culture

Glasgow is steeped in culture, and is the perfect destination for a break that will challenge and stretch you intellectually. If you feel like soaking up art, architecture, theatre and music, head to Glasgow for a cultural city break. Simply check out Glasgow hotels for accommodation that suits.

One of Glasgow’s biggest and best cultural attractions is the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum. Rated the number two attraction on TripAdvisor, this vast museum is home to no less than 22 themed, state of the art galleries.

There’s so much to see and do at the Kelvingrove that you’ll want to spend at least one full day taking in the exhibitions that interest you. You can break up your day with a pit stop at the KG café which, overlooking the beautiful Kelvingrove park, is a great place to digest all that you have seen over a light lunch or snack.

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The Kelvingrove is also very family friendly, and has exhibits to suit all ages. The full size spitfire and the ‘Creature of the Past’ exhibits are particular favourites with little boys.

One of the best things about the Kelvingrove, especially for those travelling on a budget, is that it is free to enter. If you are travelling with children who you want to introduce to accessible art and culture, the Kelvingrove is the perfect place to take them for a fun, free and educational day out.

You can also keep the cost of your trip down by checking out the hotels in Glasgow from Travelodge. There are several Travelodge hotels to choose from in the Glasgow area, so you can choose the one that’s perfect for you. You can also choose from double, twin and family rooms, so there’s accommodation to suit every group.

This museum really is a must see, but Glasgow has many other cultural highlights. Explore them on a Glasgow budget break guaranteed to engage your brain and expand young minds.

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Why You Should Learn Spanish

35O million people can’t be wrong and that is how many Spanish speaking people there are on the planet. Have you ever considered that you could be one of them? Learning Spanish can bring you many advantages. It will help you the world over, no matter what continent you travel to. In the US, in particular, the speaking of Spanish is becoming more and more prevalent. Then, of course, the whole of South America will open up to you in ways that you could only dream of now. Add that to the vibrant country that is Spain itself and even islands such as the Canaries and parts of the Caribbean. Here are some great reasons to study a new language and Spanish in particular.

Learning another language makes you smarter

It’s true, and what is more, it is scientifically proven. If you learn another language, you will be less likely to suffer from dementia as you get older. You will open up and exercise new parts of the brain. You will become more mentally agile, and your whole thinking process will be refreshed and stimulated. You will be smarter and less likely to suffer mental decline.

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Spanish is an easy language to learn

Many people can vouch for this. Spanish is one of the easiest languages to learn. One reason is that it is spelt the same way it sounds. As soon as you get used to one or two different ways of pronouncing certain syllables, Spanish sounds like it is written. The roots of many Spanish words share similar sounds and meanings with words in French and English. Spanish grammar is one of the least complicated to learn.

Learning Spanish will open your cultural understanding.

If you can speak Spanish, your understanding of the Spanish influence on the world around you will change. Everything from newspapers and media will be accessible to you. You will be able to read some of the masters of Spanish literature in their tongue. You will be opened up to the world that gave us such heavyweights as Goya and Picasso. The influence of Spanish food is huge in global cuisine. Imagine being able to walk into a restaurant in Buenos Aires or Barcelona and order off the menu!

Spanish will help your business.

The business world will open up to you. Learn Spanish and you will be able to converse easily with employees, business associates and fellow workers.  Being bilingual makes you instantly more marketable. Having another language at your disposal makes you an attractive proposition and your CV will look better.

When you speak a language like Spanish, a whole new world opens up to you on your travels and in your day to day business. You will be able to converse with hotel staff, cab drivers and enjoy museum shows and restaurants. As soon as you make the effort Spanish speaking people will open up and respect you. You will be made to feel welcome. At 350 million people it’s not exactly an exclusive club.  But you will be able to negotiate it easily as that rarity; a bilingual person who has made the effort.

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