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Remember that time I went to the Beaujolais region in France? Yeah, me neither. Well, not at the moment. I bought me some Beaujolais Nouveau wine and it is delicious. I highly recommend picking up a cheap bottle at your local wine wholesale location. Instead of the shitty drowsy feeling I usually get after drinking red wine, I feel delicious. And by that I mean fat. Oh wait that’s all the time.

Cheers, bitches

Cheers, bitches

Anyway, I just thought you all should know how that wine is made. This is 100% copy/paste:

Few other wines are produced, bottled, and released within a few weeks of the harvest. The most strategic way to do this is to employ a winemaking method called carbonic maceration. Without getting too technical, carbonic maceration is essentially the fermentation of grapes occurring inside the skins. Traditionally, the winemaking process begins with the crushing of grapes; the juice of the grapes is pushed out of the skins and gradually ferments. For red wines, this juice is often left to sit with its skins so that tannins are extracted, giving the wine a fuller, more concentrated structure, and often adding some bitter flavors. With carbonic maceration, the grapes are not crushed. Rather, the grapes are piled on top of each other in a sealed container that is filled with carbon dioxide. More CO2 is emitted by the grapes on the bottom of the container, as it is gently crushed by the weight of the top grapes. All this carbon dioxide causes fermentation to take place inside the grape skins. The resulting wine is fresh, fruity, and very low in tannins.

Thanks for that, Wine Weekly. I learned a lot.

Can someone get me a refill?

xx

Always,

Allie

 

Red, red wine

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Lyon: Recap

29/07/2012

I can’t believe we are leaving our home of Lyon today. This is so surreal. The memories I’ve made here are definitely some of the greatest in my life and I swear that I will never forget everything I’ve learned about people, the world and myself.

The people in Lyon are not 100% tourist lovers, but I liked that. I don’t want to be treated like a tourist – I want to blend in to the culture. I can see why some tourists would think that the French are rude; but really, don’t go to a place that you’re not willing to adapt to.

Learn a few quick French phrases before you leave and talk to people! The best advice I can give to people travelling to a location is to go out to places that locals go (clubs, bars, etc.) and just start up a conversation. Nine times out of 10 they will want to practice their English on you and will want you to practice your French on them. No matter how broken it is. No matter how many times they have to hear you say, “Comment dit on en francais ___?” 

I learned that lesson from doing just that. I met countless random twenty-something year old guys walking home from the discotech at the same time as me who would help with my French while I helped with their English (in a huge group of us of course).

Au Revior, Lyon!

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Lyon: Le Beaujolais

28/07/2012

How is it that this is our last full day in Lyon already?

I got some silly souvenirs (shot glasses, more post cards, basically all stuff I don’t need) and then we went on the most phenomenal day trip. Le Beaujolais is basically wine country. There are vineyards everywhere and all you can see for miles is hilly green rows of plants growing the grapes to make their famous Beaujolais wine. 

It was raining so some of the photos aren’t so great but check them out anyway:

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Then we went to a little wine cellar to do a wine tasting. They paired their rose wines with some sausages and the red wine with some cheeses. It was so delicious and I wish cheeses and sausages were even remotely the same in the USA. 

Update: I saw brie cheese in the supermarket and it said “product of France” and so I tried it. Definitely not as good as the French cheese.

Au revior (for now)

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Lyon: Parc de la Tete d’Or

27/07/2012

Class today was pretty much just pointless. Actually, it was not. Thanks to Chelsea trying to make out with our professor yesterday, he wasn’t any fun. She definitely sucked all the fun out of him, dementor-style. Connell and I shit on her about that for a while.

Although we did watch a pretty good movie, The Untouchables, which I would have liked more if it didn’t extend our class an extra 15 minutes.

I forgot to mention that we went to an amazing zoo too! It was totally free (awesome) and some of the animals weren’t in cages (they had natural walls – also awesome).

Deer!

But I got other great pictures too!

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It was so great and free!! Parc de la Tete d’Or. GO THERE!

Au revoir (for now)

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26/07/2012

We graduated today!! But we still have class tomorrow, which is weird. I guess that’s how they do shit here?

My diploma

During graduation, we obviously had to do the cheek kisses (or for those of you that are cultures: faire la bise, bisous or bisou) with our professors, which is something that I personally always stress out about. Which way do you go first? What if they go the same way as you? What if you unintentionally make out with the person on the other end of the kiss?

Thank God I had Chelsea to answer that question for me.

Chelsea had a very interesting experience during this. Not only did Connell and I go before her so she could watch which way was acceptable to lean first, but many other members of our class did as well. But for some reason, Seb flustered her and she almost made out with him. I’m pretty sure someone, somewhere has it on video. That could probably make a baller YouTube video.

For those of you still confused about this gesture, click here.

Au revoir (for now)

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Lyon: Faire la bise

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Lyon: Camieu

25/07/2012

Well, I went shopping again. (Click here for the online store!) But in my defense, I got the most adorable four dresses for only 45€. I really love the sales (soldes) here. I just want to come back every January and July with an empty suitcase and fill it up with pretty things. Is that weird?

Here are the dresses I got:

  1. Strapless floral dress: This one has a great waistline. It slims to just the right spot and then knows just where to get into that A-line skirt. Pair it with a teal cardigan.
  2. White shift dress: SUCH a classic. Add some rose gold accessories to this and you’ve got a winner. Plus a neutral and neon accessory and you’ll be the most talked about girl in the room.
  3. Lilly Pulitzer-esque floral dress: Once someone said to me that “it looked like Lilly” I had to buy it! Not only that, but it has an adorable cut out and a bow on the back!
  4. Red shift dress: This one looks so cute in a nautical theme. Add in a navy and white striped cardigan, a gold belt, the Lilly Pulitzer shell yeah necklace and these Sperry wedge sandals.

I also got a pink one identical to the red and white shift dresses because I’m obsessive.

Then we went to go see The Dark Knight Rises. IT WAS AMAZING. Seriously go see it. First of all, in French movie theatres, they take their concession stands seriously. They had not only salted popcorn, they also had kettle corn. And they do ice cream there too. I’m so into that.

Me at the theatre

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24/7/2012

Tonight we decided that we would finally go to the bar that is named after our home city: Boston Bar. After Remy and Bitte told us that it was their favorite, we had to give it a try.

It did not live up to expectations. We did get lots of French fries (wait, they don’t call them French fries here. They’re just frites) and margaritas and eventually, shots and drinks.

We were all just standing around when a French boy came up to me and started talking. I told him to bring his two friends over too, but for some reason no one in my group wanted to talk to them. I was basically sucked in. The boy asked me for my email address since Facebook is too “mainstream” for him.

Wait, what?

Au revoir (for now)

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Lyon: Boston Bar

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