Day one of discovering Salzburg, Austria, from the grounds of the Mirabell Gardens to the rooftop restaurants of the city at sundown. 🇦🇹
Portuguese wine drinking night with my wine studying group when the rainstorm caused floods. .
Quinta da Murta Bucelas Branco 2015
Casa Ferreirinha Vinha Grande Branco 2015
Arrepiado Antao Vaz 2016
Vadio Baga 2014
Quinta de São José 2014
Really happy that my group once again pushed me out of my comfort zone - Portuguese wine - I couldn't even pronounce the chunky grape names (yes I am sorry). All the white we had were of high rebuy value. I especially like the Antao Vaz, it tastes like a champagne less bubbly lol so much white pear and so elegant! And the other two are both smoky, dry stone and high salinity with high and refreshing acidity! I would really like to buy again and see how they evolve over time. .
The Baga is brought from SAQ, thanks Guillaume. I would say I'm not a big fan of Baga after summarizing the few bottles of Baga I had in life because I think they always taste very young. Well don't get me wrong, this is a really great food wine and summer wine but I am an old styled person, I like my Portuguese red big and fruity and full bodied and with bite. Yes, I do. So, ha, I enjoyed the Douro red so much.
‘To understand the first [medieval] European civilization, one has to remember the disasters it suffered, imagine the appalling ‘Dark Ages’ of the ninth and tenth centuries, and realize the primary poverty of a continent that had to struggle every day simply to survive. Lacking broad outlets, reduced to a subsistence economy, this impoverished Europe… could not bear the weight of very large States…
‘Yet this troubled world, oppressed from within and attacked from without, was already quite clearly a homogenous civilization… which tackled the same major problems, in conditions and with solutions that were often alike. This civilization was born of many ethnic and economic strains, with repeated struggles, common beliefs, and above all the same difficulties which it tried to remedy…
‘[T]here was a convergence in Europe’s civilization and culture… Moral, religious and cultural values, and the rules of war, love, life and death were the same everywhere, from one fief to another, whatever their quarrels, their revolts and their conflicts. That is why there was indeed one single Christendom… [and] what might be called a civilization of chivalry.’
~ Fernand Braudel, ‘A History of Civilizations’
Video: Scene from ‘Ogniem i Mieczem’
Now that we have our future house picked out in Montreal, we’re all ready to move there. We’ve been absolutely charmed by our short stay in this fantastic, active, beautiful, diverse, creative place. Merci pour les bons moments!
A huge shout out to @biximtrl
for having affordable bike rentals with many stations and a very user friendly app!
Once there was a father, a son, and a donkey traveling that had to get through five towns to get back home. They entered the first town with the son riding the donkey and the father walking and holding the reins. The townspeople watched and whispered saying how can a son be so selfish and permit his aged father to walk when he is young and full of energy. The father and son heard this and were discontent and decided to switch places as they left town. They arrived at the second town and now the father was riding the donkey and the son was walking and holding the reins of the donkey. The townspeople saw this and whispered how can a father be so inconsiderate and allow for his poor child to be walking when he should be providing for his son. The father and son heard this and were once again discontent and decided that both of them would ride the donkey when they got to the next town. They finally arrived at the third town and now both of them were riding the donkey. The townspeople observed and whispered how can that father and son be so cruel and mistreat the poor donkey. The father and son heard this and were discontent and decided that when they arrived to the next town they would carry the donkey. They entered the fourth town carrying the donkey. The townspeople saw this and whispered how can two people be so foolish and carry a donkey. The father and son heard this and were discontent and decided that when they arrived to the next and final town neither of them would ride or carry the donkey. They entered the fifth and final town while both holding the reins of the donkey. The townspeople saw this and whispered what is the point of having a donkey if you're not going to make use of it, the father and son must be dim-witted. The father and son heard this and were discontent. The moral of the story, you can't please everyone so do what makes you happy.