Up in the Air: Balloon Flights over the Castles of the Loire Valley and more by 'Bootique Hotels'

Imagine flying over storied Castles of the Loire Valley (maybe the Chateau D'Usse known as the 'Castle of the Sleeping Beauty') in an hot air balloon. This is one of the offerings from Bootique Hotels. The Paris based company as its name suggests also offers information and reservations for boutique hotels in Paris, Provence and the Cote d'Azur. Their Paris City Guide offers local gals and guys picks for up and coming Restaurants, Shopping Spots, Clubs and more with opening hours and directions by metro for most of them.

Another online Paris Guide that I found useful is Practical Paris which lists many things including Pharmacists (Chemists on their list) that are opened late or at night.

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Wine Blogging Wednesdays #22, 'Sidi Brahim' a red wine from Algeria is my choice

Jun 14
To be honest (blame it on global warming?), it is not that easy to find red wines with 12.5 % alcohol or less which is the theme for "Wine Blogging Wednesday" number 22 as proposed by Tim of Winecast. After much soul (and mostly shelf) searching I settled for a wine I almost forgot about. Let's be honest it is also a wine I have not had in years, the last time was in Montreal...
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Red Wines (12.5% and under): Thirtysomething picks for Wine Blogging Wednesday #22

Jun 16
Our friend Tim at 'Winecast' did not waste time putting together the summary for Wine Blogging Wednesday number 22. Read it and you will find some 30 suggestions of Red Wines (including ours) with 12.5 % alcohol or less. As summer dawns on us, it is not a bad idea to turn down the alcohol level. This is part of our 'Wine Stroke' prevention program. A nice chilled Bandol rose might not be unpleasant either....