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Château Pech-Céleyran

 
During our holiday in the South of France last summer, we discovered a wine growing estate with a particularly interesting history: the Château Pech-Céleyran. Not only has this gorgeous domain been in the hands of the Saint-Exupéry family for five generations but also the grandfather of famous painter Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec was once the lord of Céleyran!

Château Pech-Céleyran is situated in La Clape, an area of the Languedoc region close to the Corbières. The size of the whole estate is 145 hectares, 94 of them being dedicated to vine. The owners grow Syrah, Grenache, Mourvèdre and Carignan to produce their red wines and Bourboulenc, Marsanne, Roussanne and Grenache blanc for the whites. The „Cers“ and the „Marin“ winds take turns to blow over the vineyards, bringing the fragrances of the garrigue with them, an integrant part of the aroma of the wines.

When we arrived, the family dog greeted us before we entered an impressive wine cellar. Amidst huge wood barrels, a permanent exhibition about Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, best known for his book “The Little Prince”, is on display. A compelling read before starting with the wine tasting. We learned all about the domain production and left with a nice selection of bottles! There is a little corner selling handmade goodies and house items too. We can really recommend the scrumptious caramel au beurre salé…

If you fancy a stay at Château Pech-Céleyran , there are several B&B rooms and gites to choose from. The estate is of course the perfect location to organise a wedding, a seminar or a party for a special occasion. The full gallery can be viewed on Of Lens And Pen.

The owners also organise events such as concerts, exhibitions and a Christmas market. As for the wonderful Mediterranean coast, the Cathar castles, the old town of Carcassonne and the rugged landscape of La Clape, they are just waiting for you to pay them a visit…

Château Pech-Céleyran - La Clape - South of France

Durant nos vacances dans le Sud de la France l’été dernier, nous avons découvert un domaine viticole possédant une histoire particulièrement intéressante : le Château Pech-Céleyran. Ce domaine est non seulement entre les mains de la famille Saint-Exupéry depuis cinq générations, mais le grand-père du célèbre peintre Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec fut aussi le seigneur de Céleyran !

Le Château Pech-Céleyran est situé dans La Clape, qui fait partie du Languedoc, région proche des Corbières. La taille complète du domaine est de 145 hectares, dont 94 sont dédiés à la vigne. Les cépages Syrah, Grenache, Mourvèdre et Carignan sont utilisés pour la production de vin rouge et pour les blancs, les cépages Bourboulenc, Marsanne, Roussanne et Grenache blanc. Les vents „Cers“ et „Marin“ soufflent en alternance sur les vignobles, amenant avec eux les parfums de la garrigue, qui se retrouvent dans l’arôme des vins.

A notre arrivée, nous avons été accueillis par le chien de la famille, avant de d’entrer dans l’impressionnant chai. Parmi les immenses tonneaux, une exposition permanente sur Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, l’auteur du “Petit Prince”, offre une lecture captivante. Durant la dégustation des vins, nous avons appris les détails de la production vinicole et nous sommes repartis avec une jolie sélection de bouteilles ! Une mini-boutique propose également des produits faits maison et des objets de décoration. Le délicieux caramel au beurre salé est vivement recommandé…

Si vous désirez séjourner au Château Pech-Céleyran , vous aurez le choix entre plusieurs chambres d’hôtes et gîtes. La propriété est bien entendu idéale pour y organiser un mariage, un séminaire ou pour y célébrer une occasion particulière. La galerie photos complète est à découvrir sur Of Lens And Pen.

Les propriétaires organisent aussi des manifestations tels que concerts, expositions et un marché de Noël. Quant à la magnifique côte Méditerranéenne, les châteaux Cathares, la cité de Carcassonne et les paysages sauvages de La Clape, ils attendent votre visite avec impatience…
 
 
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Hanami In Germany

 
Last Sunday, Second Daughter and I headed off to Ludwigshafen am Rhein to attend a Hanami festival. Hanami literally means “flower viewing” and is commonly used for the traditional observation of cherry blossom. In our case, it referred to a cosplay convention.

Second Daughter is fascinated by Japanese pop culture and she had been looking forward to this convention for weeks. She had arranged to meet with her friends and I had a date with my beloved camera. I was not disappointed. Every time I turned around, there was a new photo opportunity. I was gobsmacked by the amount of work and attention to details many cosplayers had put into their costumes. The atmosphere was very convivial and the sunny weather added to the festive mood. The full photo gallery is available on my Of Lens And Pen website.

The convention took place over two days and offered many activities for the manga and anime fans: shows, karaoke, contests, workshops and plenty of shopping and eating possibilities, of course! Second Daughter spent more or less all the money she had been saving and was especially delighted with the art she bought. Talking to some of the artists present was definitely a highlight for her.

After about five very interesting hours, we decided to call it a day and made our way home. Second Daughter is already dreaming about next year, and about attending the cosplay day at the Frankfurt Book Fair in October and EpicCon in December…
 
 
„Hanami – Con meets festival“ in Ludwigshafen am Rhein
 
Letzten Sonntag sind meine Tochter und ich nach Ludwigshafen am Rhein gefahren, um ein Hanami Festival zu besuchen. Hanami bedeutet “Blumen besichtigen” und wird normalerweise bei der Kirschblüte-Beobachtung verwendet. In unserem Fall war es eine Cosplay-Convention.

Meine Tochter ist von der Japanischen Kultur fasziniert und sie hat sich auf dieses Ereignis schon seit Wochen gefreut. Sie hatte geplant, sich mit ihren Freundinnen zu treffen und ich hatte ein Date mit meiner geliebten Kamera. Ich wurde nicht enttäuscht. Jedes Mal, wenn ich in einer anderen Richtung guckte, fand ich neue Gelegenheit für ein Foto. Ich war von der Arbeit und der Liebe zum Detail, die viele Cosplayer in ihren Kostüme gesteckt hatten, sehr beeindruckt. Die Atmosphäre war sehr gesellig und das sonnige Wetter sorgte auch für gute Laune. Die gesamte Bildergalerie ist auf meiner Website Of Lens And Pen zu finden.

Die Convention fand über zwei Tage statt und bot viele Veranstaltungen für Mangas- und Animes-Fans: Shows, Karaoke, Wettbewerbe, Workshops und natürlich, ausreichende Shopping- und Essens-Möglichkeiten! Meine Tochter gab fast das gesamte Geld, das sie gespart hatte, aus und war von den Bildern, die sie gekauft hat, besonders begeistert. Mit verschiedenen Künstlern zu reden war für sie ein Highlight.

Nach ungefähr fünf sehr interessanten Stunden haben wir uns entschieden, nach Hause zu fahren. Meine Tochter träumt schon vom nächsten Jahr, und auch davon, den Cosplay Tag auf der Franfkurter Buchmesse im Oktober und EpicCon im Dezember zu besuchen…
 
 
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Musikmesse Frankfurt

 
On Saturday April 9th, we visited the Musikmesse in Frankfurt. Sexy Hubby was excited at the idea of being surrounded by guitars and trying them. I was impatient to take some cool photos. And both of us were looking forward to catching up with The Dead Daisies, after attending their acoustic gig at the Hard Rock Café and seeing them open for KISS in Hamburg last year.

As we arrived, Sexy Hubby headed straight for the Yamaha stand and as you can see below, he spent some time trying the different models of their new Revstar range. I am not sure he has quite decided which one to get yet…

Sexy Hubby then inspected lots of effect pedals and amps in the biggest exhibition hall, where the drums were located too. Even though the level of decibels is of courses restricted, we came to the conclusion that employees on stand duty there the whole day must be pretty exhausted at the end of the day! The ambiance was great, though, with lots of people trying instruments, sometimes spontaneously playing together.

Around 12:30 we made our way to the Center Stage, where The Dead Daisies were scheduled to play. We arrived just at the right time, the band performing before them had just finished their set, people were leaving and we managed to secure a front row spot. We had a blast listening to The Dead Daisies and discovering Long Way To Go, the first title of their new album. Make Some Noise will be released on August 5th and the band has just announced some tour dates too. All info can be found on their official website. Of course being right at the front made it easier for me to take photos, but it was frustrating all the same not to have front stage access! The full gallery is available on my photography and writing website, Of Lens And Pen, and I would love to hear what you think.

We then only had another hour or so before having to head home, as we had a party planned that evening. It was enough time to come across Thor and a rather unusual hammer… As First Daughter plays the violin and the piano, I had a look at electric violins for her too. Next year we will no doubt spend longer at the Musikmesse!
 
 
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