First things first. Did you do a double take when reading the headline? Award winning Welsh wines? Well, let me tell you something, this little part of North Wales is known for many things. Gorgeous coastline, castle towns and views over the outskirts of the Snowdonia National Park. But now there is something else. It’s becoming known as an area that can produce award winning Welsh wines, all thanks to Gwinllan Conwy  (translated Conwy Vineyard) which has really put the area on the wine production map. Intrigued by this, I decided to visit and take a vineyard tour and tasting session to see what the fuss is about.

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The crisp, cold air of winter with the sun hanging low in the clear evening sky. Very few sounds apart from waves lapping gently on the beach, a single fishing boat chugging it’s way along the shore and the distant hum of conversation and laughter coming from a nearby pub. Sometimes, evenings are made for a solitary walk. Taking time for yourself, to lose yourself in your thoughts and soak up your surroundings. That’s exactly what I did one evening, when I saw a potentially beautiful sunset while staying at my mother-in-law’s house. I seized the opportunity to jump in the car and take a 15 minute drive to the sleepy fishing village of Staithes in North Yorkshire.

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I’m sure we all have ideas in the back of our minds about bucket list holidays that we want to take. Often, there is something holding us back though. Is it the potential cost? Or maybe the fact that because the trip has to be just perfect, it needs a lot of careful planning? I’ve had many of these trips in the back of mind that I haven’t taken (yet). One trip I have been keen to take for a very long time is a Lapland winter holiday. Crisp powdery fresh snow, clear skies and the Aurora Borealis dancing through the sky. It’s been a dream of mine for years. Or at least it was, until I decided to plan a one week, bucket list trip to Finnish Lapland.

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