Situated on the lower slopes of the Niagara Escarpment, Tawse is a family-owned organic and biodynamic winery, voted Canada’s Winery of the Year in 2010, 2011, 2012 & 2016. Founder Moray Tawse purchased 6 acres on the Cherry Avenue property in 2001. In 2005 he opened his state-of-the-art winery, complete with a six-level, gravity-flow design, geo-thermal system and a wetland bio-filter. The inspiration for his first Niagara property came from his love of Burgundian Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. Uniting traditional winemaking techniques with state-of-the-art technology, Tawse is dedicated to producing terroir-driven wines of exceptional elegance, depth and character.
Source: Tawse Winery web site
A true oasis 5 minutes from downtown, the Bay of Beauport is a must in Quebec. The ideal place to escape every day, it offers a unique panorama with its beach and its breathtaking view of the St. Lawrence.
In addition to a wide range of water activities including swimming (when conditions permit), paddle boarding and kitesurfing, the Beauport Bay is home to a sailing school and a summer camp. Activities are numerous with its soccer fields, petanque, water games and “food truck”!
Get off the track of the Red Bull Crashed Ice with Claudio Leggieri!
Reenactment of military life in the 18th century
On May 19 and 20, 2018, the Citadelle de Québec was the theater of a reenactment of military life in the 18th century with the École du soldat en Nouvelle-France.
For six years now, this activity has offered unique entertainment in an exceptional decor. It was an opportunity to revisit the French military heritage contained in the impressive fortress of Old Quebec.
For the 2018 edition, a record number passionate reenactors (more than 140!) Will offer you a glimpse of the life of a camp of soldiers of the 1750s in New France. In addition to military exercises, gunfire and skirmishes, no one will be immune to the smell of meals prepared over a wood fire. A real journey in time!
Plan already your arrival at the Citadette of Quebec on May 18 and 19, 2019.
Source: La Citadelle de Québec
The Marginal Way Therapy
One of our favorite summer getaway is Ogunquit, Maine. We have our routines. Breakfast at Amore with Leanne, some beach, good books and twice a day, a nice walk on the Marginal Way.
During summer 2011, my wife and I woke up early and we went to Perkins’ Cove for the sunrise which was quite promising. I took my 360° gear out of the trunk for a ride on the Marginal Way. We finally end up with more then 10 spherical panoramas of this amazing trail sculptured by time.
If an image worth a thousand words, this tour of the Marginal Way is… speachless! Enough words… Enjoy the Marginal Way Therapy.
Forêt Vive Sugar Shack
Jean-Étienne Poirier, an amazing anthropologist, makes maple syrup with great skill.
Fortunately, I arrived well awake. As soon as we met, a ton of information came from his method to collect maple water, his way to calibrate his system so that the water transformed into syrup is a perfect 7°C higher than boiling water. Jean-Étienne explains how wood heating adds personality to his nectar, why he calibrates his system according to the atmospheric pressure, how he classifies his different batches which are tasted to great chefs, oenologists in order to describe the dominant flavors.
When I ask him what is in the stove of his wood stove, I am entitled to a eulogy imprinted with an enthusiasm on the virtues of the chaga, champion of mushrooms.
The benefits of chaga
This fungus helps to improve health and vitality. Rich in vitamin B, flavonoids, phenols, minerals and enzymes. So you say it’s gibberish, but chaga is the food that contains the most antioxidants (25%). Its high content of superoxide dismutase (an antioxidant enzyme) gives it a powerful action against the aging of the body. And like any superfood, it is nontoxic and has no side effects, which can be consumed by everyone, every day and at will. It is also a source of pantothenic acid, a vitamin essential to the well-being of the adrenal glands and digestive organs. source: Femme Actuelle
I went back to my studio with my photos but also richer of a new friend and a big chunk of chaga.