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Martinborough is located in the Wairarapa district of the Wellington region in the North Island of New Zealand. The town is about one hour away from Wellington. Martinborough is very lovely and essentially entirely consists of vineyards. The region is especially known for producing Pinot Noir and various other early ripening varieties. It’s a great weekend getaway from Wellington and a perfect stop if you pass by on your way up from Wellington to Napier or Lake Taupo.

Make sure you book a hotel in Martinborough for the night so that you can fully enjoy the vineyard-hopping experience after which you will certainly be beyond the legal driving limit! So, once you have left your luggage in your hotel, rent a bike and start the vineyard tour!

There are various vineyards in Martinborough and you will not be able to visit all in one day. We started our tour in the early afternoon so we only had time to visit 3 wineries as most of the vineyards close before 4pm.

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Our favourite overall ‘package’ was Poppies Martinborough, which is located at 91 Puruatanga Road, number 15 on the Martinborough vineyard map (which you will get at the tourist information office as well as in any of the vineyards). The winery / restaurant is owned by Poppy and her husband who share the wine-making process. Her husband picks the grapes and Poppy then magically turns them into good wine. According to her, if you enjoy the wine, it is due to her wine-making skills. Should you not like the wine, her husband simply picked the wrong grapes. I think that makes perfect sense :)

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Whilst we really enjoyed all of the wine tastings on that day, Poppies does not only have yummy wine but also the interior is very cosy and you can have great food whilst enjoying a glass or two of Poppies delicious Pinot Gris. Trust me, after three wine tastings food is quite high on your priority list! Add the owners’ lovely personality to it and you have the perfect finale of a great day in Martinborough. This is the website of Poppies, if you are in a larger group, it is best to book a table in advance :)

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And they had amazing desserts! Try the chocolate cake!

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After your vineyard hopping weekend, head to Wellington if you are going south or drive up to Lake Taupo for some stunning nature if you are going north. For the latter journey, add a little trip to Castle Point for a beautiful scenery.

During our trip to Vietnam we had a night and a day stopover in Moscow. Of course we wanted to make most of it, and started with drinking cocktails in a couple of different locations the night before.

On the next day we planned to leave the hotel at 8am to start our sightseeing tour. Obviously that didn’t happen as we came back from our cocktail bar trip only at 3.30am in the morning.. Hence we left the hotel at 10am (still an early start I think).

First thing on the One Day In Moscow Sightseeing list was the Kremlin, the Red Square and Saint Basil’s Cathedral. I totally loved it that three of the main attractions are directly next to each other. This is especially important if you find yourself in a very cold city during winter with summer clothes only (I layered them up and even found a little autumn jacket in my luggage – yeeey :) ). Even better when you take a break after 300m in a café / restaurant that serves delicious breakfast!

Moscow One Day Sightseeing

Moscow One Day Sightseeing

Moscow One Day Sightseeing

Moscow One Day Sightseeing



Moscow One Day Sightseeing Kremlin

Moscow One Day Sightseeing

Moscow One Day Sightseeing

Moscow One Day Sightseeing

Moscow One Day Sightseeing

Moscow One Day Sightseeing

Moscow One Day Sightseeing

Moscow One Day Sightseeing

Moscow One Day Sightseeing

Moscow One Day Sightseeing

Moscow One Day Sightseeing. Basilica Red Square

Moscow One Day Sightseeing

Moscow One Day Sightseeing

Moscow One Day Sightseeing

After breakfast we felt warm enough and full of energy to cross the other half of the Red Square and visit Saint Basil’s Cathedral which is incredibly pretty! As practical as it gets, there was the Moscow Hop On Hop Off sightseeing bus just waiting around the corner. The ideal solution if you have limited time and are freezing your **** off! We jumped into the bus and enjoyed a one-hour-ride through Moscow’s beautiful ‘inner’city.

Moscow in One Day. Things to do in Moscow.

Moscow Fun things to do- shopping

Moscow Things to do Shopping

Moscow Things to Do. Moscow Sightseeing Hop On Hop Off Bus Moscow

Moscow Things to Do. Moscow Sightseeing Hop On Hop Off Bus Moscow

Moscow Things to Do. Moscow Sightseeing Hop On Hop Off Bus Moscow

Moscow Things to Do. Moscow Sightseeing Hop On Hop Off Bus Moscow

Moscow Architecture. Things to Do. Moscow Sightseeing Hop On Hop Off Bus Moscow

Moscow Architecture. Things to Do. Moscow Sightseeing Hop On Hop Off Bus Moscow

Moscow Architecture. Things to Do. Moscow Sightseeing Hop On Hop Off Bus Moscow

Moscow Architecture. Things to Do. Moscow Sightseeing Hop On Hop Off Bus Moscow

Moscow Architecture. Things to Do. Moscow Sightseeing Hop On Hop Off Bus Moscow

Moscow Architecture. Things to Do. Moscow Sightseeing Hop On Hop Off Bus Moscow

Moscow Architecture. Things to Do. Moscow Sightseeing Hop On Hop Off Bus Moscow

Around 2.30pm we met a friend for lunch at Café Pushkin. The food was delicious! What I enjoyed even more was the interior of the restaurant though! I just love the aristocratic design of the place :) After two hours of chatting away we picked up our luggage in the hotel and took a taxi to the airport. Off to Saigon! Wohoo, summer .. finally!

On our way to Vietnam we had a stopover in Moscow. Arriving at 10pm and leaving at 8pm the next day meant we had to make most of our little stay. The passport control took around 50min including waiting and questioning. Good thing we had a visa (yes, even for a less than 24h stay you need one!). It seemed that some people did not know that when they arrived… Anyway, so around 12am we arrived at the hotel in Moscow and 20mins later we sat in our Uber taxi to go to the first bar. We went to the Noor Bar where I had a super yummy Mint Julep cocktail (apparently invented in the late 19th century :) ). The music was good just the crowd was a little bit too casual for our mood that evening. So after finishing our cocktails we headed to a shisha place to get a little late night snack and around 2am we made our way to the Mendeleev Bar. The bar is a speak easy type cocktail bar which is hidden in a Chinese fast food place. Here I had a Vieux Carre which the bartender suggested – amazing taste (similar to an Old Fashioned with a bit of a cherry touch). I also totally fell in love with the interior design and atmosphere of the Mendeleev Bar. Around 3am we decided it’s time to get some sleep to be able to wake up early for the sightseeing the next day.

 

Noor Bar

Noor Bar. Moscow by night. Things to do at night in Moscow.

Sherbet

Sherbet restaurant Moscow. Things to do at night in Moscow

Moscow by night. Things to do at night in Moscow

Mendeleev Bar

Mendeleev Bar. Moscow by night. Things to do at night in Moscow

Mendeleev Bar. Moscow by night. Things to do at night in Moscow

Pretty Moscow At Night

Moscow by night. Things to do at night in Moscow

Moscow by night. Things to do at night in Moscow

Moscow by night. Things to do at night in Moscow