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Quick Directory for Big Wine Bottle Names

Wine-Bottle-SizesWhenever I walk into a restaurant and I see those wine bottles arranged from small to big I always wonder what exactly the names and sizes are. I basically know just enough to get myself into trouble.

Luckily I stumbled onto this handy piece on the Wine Lovers Page:

Big bottles: What are their names?

Wine may go back many millennia to Bronze Age times, but the wine bottle as we know it today is only about three centuries old. It was only the development of the cork-stoppered, cylindrical glass bottle – which could be stacked on its side, keeping the cork airtight and wet – that permitted the development of age worthy wines that improve with cellaring.

The “fifth” bottle, originally one-fifth of a gallon, now rounded off metrically to 750 ml., was said to be a suitable ration for one man with dinner, back in the days when men were men (and most wine was quite low in alcoholic strength). One theory holds that this size bottle was actually the largest that early glass-blowers could produce with one full breath.

But even in those early days, for very special occasions, wineries would put up their product in impressive, oversize bottles. For reasons lost to history, most of these bottles were given the names of Biblical figures like the evil king Nebuchadnezzar and the long-lived Methuselah.

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Tips to Handle a Long Flight – Part 2

tips on surving a long distance flight
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6. Keep it light

These days airlines will limit you with the amount of checked luggage you are allowed to take on a flight. This sometimes courses you to take a lot more carry-on luggage. This is not a good idea. Economy class is not nicknamed “cattle class” for nothing.  There is just not really enough space to make you close to comfortable. Therefore limit the amount of carry-on luggage, to ensure you have more legroom and less confined sitting space. Also to keep your most important documents and wallet with money preferably on you at all times, in the case of falling asleep. Just to make sure everything is secure.

7. Dress accordingly

I know everyone wants to look good when boarding as well as when they step of the plane. (especially women)However, you have to consider if skinny jeans and high-heeled boots are the best outfit you can choose for a long flight? It looks great but it might be a health risk when it starts cutting off blood flow to certain parts of your body. Ask Lady Gaga, whom had a big scare recently when dressing up to kill, in a very tight outfit,  for a long flight and almost got killed due to possible deep vein thrombosis. Luckily she realised something was wrong in time. Keep your outfits loose and comfortable as far as possible. Take comfortable shoes that can be easily taken off and put back on again since your feet might have swollen during the flight. Continue reading

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Tips to Handle a Long Flight – Part 1

tips for long distance flight

No matter how much you like flying, having to kill more than 11 hours in a small combined space with strangers, can become quite a skill. Something not a lot of us have, if any.

Even if you are lucky enough to have a very compelling neighbour with the most interesting stories to tell, you most likely cannot make small, or even big talk, the whole flight through.

Then there is also your health to consider. Being stuck in an uncomfortable seat for so long (it can even be a lazy boy and it’s still going to become uncomfortable after three hours) can take its toll from your body as well.(causing among other things, deep vein thrombosis) Since you might be paying a lot to go on this vacation or wanting to have enough ‘oomph’ to party all night when you step of the plane, you want to do your at most best to stay in top tip shape.

My advice to you:

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10 Reasons why to use a Travel Agent when Travelling

travel agentWe all know there is quite a controversy around whether you should make use of a travel agent or not when planning a trip.

Here are 10 reasons why it is a good idea to make use of a travel agent

1.       If you make use of a travel agent you are not paying more than when you do it yourself. You make one phone call to an agent and they do all the calling and research for you saving you a lot of time and often a lot of money.

2.       They usually know about specials which can come in handy if you are a budget traveller or just want to save money.   Continue reading

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5 easy tips to save money while travelling

Travel MoneyWe all know how difficult it is to save…even during your everyday life, not even to mention when on holiday. However this is tough times and we all want to squeeze an extra cent out of a buck here or there and therefore it is not that hard if you live according to these following small tips.

1. Plan ahead. Yes you might be able to pick up a last minute deal here and there that is too good to be true…but that is exactly what it is. The chance that you will get a good, cheap deal on transport, accommodation and all that comes with it is very rear. Rather make sure you pay less for the whole holiday than only saving on one part and having to pay in the difference on all the other things.

2. Let’s face it, the airplane ticket is usually the biggest blow. Start by making sure you fly in and out of the same airport as it is almost always cheaper. Even though it is great to fly direct it is always a good idea to look at connecting flights as this is most often the cheapest option. Also remember to travel light. These days airlines are very strict about extra or over-weight luggage and they will charge you an arm and a leg for that extra kilo. Continue reading

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