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YOUR GUIDE TO THE WONDERFUL WINES OF BORDEAUX

Bordeaux Wines

Whether you’re an aficionado who decants with flair or simply a fan of history and raising a great glass of wine with friends, a day spend exploring Bordeaux’s vineyards and storied wineries will satisfy your palate for this local art form. As Crystal voyages visiting Bordeaux spent two nights and three days in the charming French port city, you’ll have plenty of time to sip your way through the bank that best suits your tastes. Here’s our easy guide to navigating the largest wine appellation in France…

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OLD WORLD MEETS SHINY, NEW VISION IN BORDEAUX

Place de Bourse, Bordeaux

As the world’s largest UNESCO urban World Heritage Site, it has everything today’s travelers seek. The heartbeat of Bordeaux comes from the Garonne River, which is at arm’s reach virtually anywhere you roam in the city. Left or Right Bank, this waterfront is an ideal spot for sipping (wine, of course) and snacking (French pastries are at their best here) while taking in the sights…

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SUNDAY COOKING WITH CHEF JON ASHTON: GRAND MARNIER CHOCOLATE CAKES WITH RASPBERRY SAUCE

Jon Ashton Grand Marnier Chocolate Cakes

As Valentine’s Day approaches in the U.S., we can think of no better time to celebrate the sweetness of the Crystal Experience, returning to the kitchen with Chef Jon Ashton. This week, Chef Jon is preparing individual Grand Marnier chocolate cakes, complete with molten chocolate centers and paired with raspberry sauce…

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TOP 10 ADVENTURES NOT TO MISS IN CENTRAL AMERICA, THE WESTERN CARIBBEAN & BEYOND

Los Cabos, Mexico

Jamaica, Colombia, Nicaragua, Guatemala and Mexico each present distinctly special opportunities to explore ancient influences on local culture and spectacular natural landscapes that beg to be discovered. Collectively, they comprise one of the world’s most renowned regions for unique, warm-weather pursuits that easily melt away the chill of the season. Here are our “top 10” favorite adventures not to miss in the Caribbean, Central and South America and along the Mexican Riviera…

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BEER LOVERS ARE RIGHT AT HOME IN NEW ENGLAND

New England Beer

Beer is woven into the fabric of many New England towns. New England IPA is the signature brew in these parts, dry and hoppy with a tropical fruit essence. It’s generally considered smoother than traditional IPAs and has made an impression on those in the know since it hit the beer scene in 2011. But, like so many American treasures and traditions, a number of various types of beers have emerged over the years, inspired by global origins and reimagined in distinctly American ways…

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BOSTON: A BRIEF SNAPSHOT OF A CAPTIVATING STORY

Boston, Massachusetts

For its relatively youthful history, Boston packs a lot of pivotal history into its city limits. And though it was among the first territories settled in the “new” country and continues to wear this heritage proudly, Boston is anything but a staid testament to the past. The city is alive with energy, thanks to nearly three dozen colleges and universities that teem with the leaders and innovators of tomorrow, as well as the bars, restaurants, cultural centers and sports events (oh, the sports!) to entertain them all…

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SUNDAY COOKING WITH CHEF JON ASHTON: EXTRA CRISPY CHICKEN WINGS & TENDERS

Jon Ashton's Chicken Wings

Calling all sports fans! This week’s featured recipes are the classic, go-to choice for cheering on your favorite team (or side, club, squad, troupe, lineup and on and on), in particular, American football. As our Crystal Family in the U.S. gears up for Super Bowl Sunday in a couple of weeks, Chef Jon is back in the kitchen with two recipes for crispy, crunchy comfort foods that are synonymous with the big game…

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ADVENTURE IN ARABIA: 5 WAYS TO EXPLORE BOLDLY WITH CRYSTAL

Desert 4x4 Adventure

But beyond the cultural traditions and treasures of the Middle East – all of which add meaningful understanding of these fascinating destinations – are plenty of ways to get out and do more. The rolling desert dunes and the Red Sea’s biodiversity that punctuate the natural landscape here are the perfect setting for active pursuits in the hot Arabian sun. Here are five of our favorites.

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LIKE THE RENAISSANCE ITSELF, WORLD CLASS WINES ARE VINTAGE ITALY

Foodies from across the globe flock to its cities and countryside for the rich recipes that have been passed down for centuries. Pasta of every shape and size, fine olive oil, fresh seafood, cheeses and sauces to comfort any palate – and none of it would be complete without a perfectly paired Italian wine. Explore what to drink and where to drink it as we raise a glass to some of our favorite destinations…

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SPECTACULAR SICILY, FROM SEA TO SUMMIT

Sicily, Italy

Kissing the toe of Italy’s boot, Sicily shines with a distinct heritage unto itself. This relatively small island packs a powerful punch of things to see and do, beautifully blending the millennia of history with the timeless delights that draw travelers today. Active volcanoes like Mount Etna and Stromboli add a sense of wonder to the diverse landscape here, as outdoor enthusiasts revel in the postcard-worthy settings along the sea, atop mountain peaks, in the midst of botanical havens and nestled along cliffs. Like virtually all of Italy, Sicily is filled to the brim with significant cathedrals, fortresses, piazzas and restaurants, all pieces of the vibrant tapestry of the island…

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WARM YOUR SPIRIT WITH CLASSIC MULLED WINE THIS THIRSTY THURSDAY

Mulled Wine

Glögg in the Nordic regions, glühwein in Germany, weihnachtspunsch in Austria. Wherever your Christmas spirit roams this Thirsty Thursday, traditional mulled wine will keep you warm and feeling festive. Beyond the rich and spicy sweet flavor, the aromas will fill your home and kitchen with the scent of the seasonal markets found along Europe’s rivers…

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SCENES OF THE SEASON: GLITTERING EUROPEAN CHRISTMAS MARKETS

European Christmas Markets

There’s something in the air, something other than the perfectly formed crystals of softly falling snow. Something other than the aroma of spiced mulled wine and freshly baked gingerbread and schnitzel. Or even the refrains of carolers set against classical symphonies. This “something” is intangible, indescribable and simply magical. And it’s found throughout the aisles and ice rinks and cobbled walks of traditional European Christmas markets…

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SUNDAY COOKING WITH CHEF JON ASHTON: GRANDPA SCHULTZ’S SWEDISH COOKIES

Jon Ashton Grandpa Schultz's Swedish Cookies

This week’s featured dish echoes, both, Chef Jon Ashton’s “cookie of the day” served whenever he sails with Crystal and warm memories from his wife, Erica’s (you know her as Mrs. Spielberg) family heritage. As we are all one Crystal Family, Erica’s family recipe is now your family recipe and the perfect sweet complement to any holiday feast…

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