Oak is winemakers’ salt. Used correctly, it can increase the intensity and complexity of wine, add attractive flavors, and elongate the finish. When it comes to “seasoning” wine with oak, winemakers have several options — and very different intentions. In white wines, oak can impart notes of vanilla, butterscotch, and caramel; in reds, oak adds…
*Updated with corrected info. (knew I would get some wrong…a lot actually) 🙂
I will not ever forget the sights in London. Just walking around the area I was staying in was amazing. The old feeling of history surrounds you.
Then you go into the West End of London and feel both the old and the new meshing together and making you feel as if you are in a whole new place.
I had a friend give me a guided personal tour of London. We walked from one side of the Thames to the other and back again.
As we are driving into London from the west, along the A40, we go over Notting Hill, through Paddington and past Regent’s Park. We however, started our tour on foot just down from and walking through the West End and Covent Garden. There we walked past the Royal Opera House and Portland House (original home of the BBC), seeing the shops and entertainers as we go by. There we also saw the Theatre Royal Drury Lane.
We walked along The Strand past the Royal Courts of Justice which was pretty amazing, and believe it or not, there are still pillars of dragons and historical figures in the middle of the roadways and telephone booths throughout the area (they may not work for calls but they are still there!). Walking along Fleet Street by the beautiful historical St. Paul’s Cathedral where the monuments, balconies and great dome were definitely something to not miss.
We crossed the river Thames by the Millennium Bridge (where you can see the Tower Bridge and beautiful views up and down the river) to the South side of the river where we saw and heard musicians playing as we walked past Tate Modern, along the river towards Westminster, Big Ben and the Parliament buildings (House of Commons and House of Lords). We also stopped at a quaint little restaurant and enjoyed some muscles marinated in garlic and herbs where we relaxed and rejuvenated before continuing on.
We went on toward the London Eye (an awe-inspiring sight), where the line was so long you couldn’t see where it ended. Now we were in the midst of tons of tourist and holiday goers to get through so we could then cross the Thames once again, by the Westminster Bridge. We then walked up Whitehall, past Downing Street and Horse Guards Parade, where we saw the guards on horses and the tourist can take pictures with the horses and their riders (just don’t get too close or handle the horses or you will get yelled at by the guard! I saw it myself! Ha!).
We then went on to Trafalgar Square and returned to Covent Garden where we did a bit of shopping, in a chocolate shop and fragrance shop, before the end of the tour.
What fun I had and I was so appreciative of the personal tour, but boy was I tired! I can’t wait to get back and see more!
*Picture up top off Pinterest. Big Ben was being worked on and covered in scaffolding while I was there.
**Other pictures are my own