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For The Love Of Wine And Cheese

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France is not just home to the iconic Eiffel Tower in Paris. It’s also not just home to a rich history, which you can see for yourself as you visit such as the Palace of Versailles. It’s even not just home to a vibrant culture, which you can experience for yourself in as you visit Place de la Concorde.

Moreover, this West European country is not just known for being the world’s fashion capital.

It’s also known for its elegant drinks and its sophisticated dishes.

And for the love of wine and cheese, here’s something you can do while visiting France:

Go on a wine tour.

Wine tours in France are not your usual tours. You will not just get to see for yourself how good wine is made from scratch. You will also get to experience for yourself how good wine made from scratch is. Even more so, you will get to experience another side of France – the peace and the calm of the nation’s countryside as you stroll around in places nearby, taking in that dose of fresh air and soaking in that dose of bright sun.

And the best part about wine tours in France? You get to pair wines with your favorite dishes – or better yet, with the best kind of wine pairing known to man: French wine and cheese.

See and experience all these and more in Bordeaux, as well as in Loire Valley.

Indeed, there’s more to France than just being home to the iconic Eiffel Tower in Paris and being known as the world’s fashion capital. There’s more to France than just being home to a rich history and to a vibrant culture, as well as being known for its elegant drinks and sophisticated dishes.

All you need is to go on a wine trip and find out for yourself.

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Travel and Eating Well: How to Enjoy the Local Cuisines and Stay Healthy

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Food is one of the top things many look forward to when traveling. Whether for business or pleasure, good eats are among the highlights of any trip. But as the old adage goes, too much of anything can be a bad thing. So how does one find that delicate balance between indulging and sticking to a healthy diet? Here are some ways to eat well when you are on a trip.

Eat nutrient-rich foods. You can indulge in whatever delectable sweet, high-calorie treats if you want. But make sure to eat more nutrient-rich foods. Cut back on sugary foods or drinks and opt for meals made with natural ingredients.

Take time to study the menu. Battered, fried, or anything smothered in creamy sauces are some of the food selections you need to avoid when eating out. Read menu descriptions thoroughly. Go to the light selections, if any. Or you can just order vegetable-based food items or anything that use lean meats. Choose grilled or roasted. If you want something baked, pick lean proteins cooked in healthy oils instead of butter or cream sauce.

Check the servings. You do not have to be on a weight loss diet to control food portions. Paying more attention to your serving sizes is actually one of the important aspects of healthy eating. Eat just the right amount of servings per meal or snack to meet your daily caloric requirement. You can ask your doctor or nutritionist how much calories you need per day. There are also online weight management tools and mobile phone apps you can use to find out the number of calories you need. Avoid using large plates or ordering big meals at restaurants. When dining in hotel or restaurant buffets choose a smaller plate and fill it up mostly with vegetables, wholesome grains, a small serving of lean meat.

Look for other options. You do not have to settle for anything less than healthy. Explore whatever choices are available to you at any given time. Either you look for other healthy restaurants or ask the server if you can substitute certain ingredients with a more nutritious option. Choose light or plant-based oil instead of cream sauces for salads and pastas. Pick a Japanese or Mediterranean restaurant instead of your usual American food outlet for more healthful variety.

Go for water or unsweetened drinks. Order bottled or treated water to go with your meals instead of carbonated drinks like sodas. If you want something sweet, ask for unsweetened fresh fruit or vegetable juices. Herbal teas with no sugar also make excellent drinks.