Thursday, September 24, 2015

Yakima, Washington

Travel brings power and love back to our life.  Rumi 

This year we decided to travel more around Washington.  We have gone to the islands, the coast and lately we decided to get on the road, our destination: Yakima. 

The scenery change drastically as we drove.  It goes from a green forest with tall trees to a dry prairie, in shades of brown and yellow and vast cultivated fields.   The closer we drove to Yakima the scenery become unbelievable.  

Yakima's location in eastern of Washington state, not only means there is lot to do but also that we were proximate to fascinating sites in just a short drive. We stayed in downtown Yakima and from there we drove to explore wineries, crop fields, breweries. It was a perfect location.

The Yakima valley is world renown for producing some of the finest wines in the nation.  It produces award wining cabernet, merlots, rieslings and rosés.  There are many wineries and wine tasting rooms to visit.  Our favorites were: Naches Heights Vineyard and Treveri Cellars

In addition, the valley produce 78% of the nation hops for breweries and recently more small breweries have been settle in the area.  We were able to fine IPA's, porters and pilsners and also to drink really close to all the hops.  

For this trip, GMC offered us a brand new Denali for the weekend. The GMC Denali is a full-size luxury SUV that can seat up to eight passenger.  I am not a into cars but there were some safety features that impress me like the side blind zone alert and the cross traffic alert.  Another awesome feature its that the car includes 4G LTE, that works as in-car Wi-fi hotspot.

View from Naches Heights, Yakima Washington

Naches Heights Vineyard. Yakima, WA

Treveri Cellars and Bale Breaker Brewing Company.  Yakima, WA

Treveri Cellars

Bale Breaker Brewing Company.  Yakima, WA

Bale Breaker Brewing Company.  Yakima, WA

Treveri Cellars. Yakima, WA

Gilbert Cellars. Downtown Tasting Room

GMC Acadia Denali

Sunday, September 20, 2015

Europe 2015, Recommendations?

One destination is never a place, but a new way of seeing things. Henry Miller

Recommendations for thing to do, eat, drink or shop in London, Madrid, Barcelona and Amsterdam
Photo credit: London, MadridBarcelona, Amsterdam
We are heading to Europe soon.  I am so excited for the cities we picked.  We have done some planning but If you have been to any of the places, let me know your recommendations for thing to do, eat, drink or shop in London, Madrid, Barcelona and Amsterdam. 
Thanks in advance. 

Thursday, September 3, 2015

52 books in 52 weeks. August

I do believe something very magical can happen when you read a good book.  J.K. Rowling

Book reviews of: Los crímenes azules, Me talk pretty one day, Dime quién soy and Room

A book with a color in the title  (3.5)
Los crímenes azules (The blue crimes) by Enrique Lazo
This book feels like reading an episode of Criminal minds or CSI: Ethan Bush a FBI agent, is in charge of  the investigation of 2 murders in a small town in Kansas, without clues or suspects of the murders.  Many suspects, details and childhood memories will lead us to the murder. 
I am fan of that kind of tv shows so the plot was a little bit predictable, but is well written.  A good thriller.

A funny book  (2)
Me talk pretty one day by David Sedaris
I have no idea how people can describe this book as funny, but two persons never read the same book. This was my first book by David Sedaris, and my last.  The book contains short stories about his life since childhood memories, to college days, his days living in NY and last his life in France.  Probably the best part is the tales about his childhood after that it, in my opinion it went downhill.  I found him boring and ignorant. 

A book that was originally written in a different language  (5)
Dime quién soy by Julia Navarro
The book revolves around Guillermo, a journalist who is investigating the life of his great grandmother Amelia Garayoa.  The research embarks him on a journey back on time.  Though the eyes of Amelia he will relive the last 50 years of history from the Spanish Civil War and World War II to the Cold war.  
Even when it is a long book, it keeps you captivate until the end. I am a big fan of historical fiction novels and I become a fan of the author Julia Navarro.
The main reason why I read this book is because my grandmother grew up at the same time as the book develops.  I was interested in how was Spain before and during the Civil War, mainly because as the book said it must be terrible not to know who we are and the only way to know is in the history of our ancestors.

A book with alone word title  (4)
Room by Emma Donoghue
In this book Jack tells though his eyes and his voice how was his life with his, Ma in a 12 square foot room.  The room is the only world he knows and the only place where he has been.  His ma was kidnapped and held hostage since before Jack was born.  
This is the kind of book that if you read it, will stay with you.  It is sad, heartbreaking but also is inspiring and shows how big the love of a mother could be to tried to make her son happy.  
The movie will be released on October 16th, 2015. 

Other books I have read this year:

 Book reviews of: El tiempo entre costuras (The time in between), The vacationers, Nineteen minutes, The girl with all the gifts.52 books in 52 weeks. The DUFF, Luckiest girl alive, The book of unknown americans and The nightingale

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