Month: January 2016



Spas are not just for pampering anymore. The reasons to spend a few hours or a day at a quality Spa are medically recommended. Today stress looms around wherever we go. Getting away for a break to de-stress is important to our minds, body and spirit. It should not be seen as an extravagance but as an affordable answer to regroup and re-energize without medication.

Most spas have saunas, steam showers or hydrotheraphy jacuzzis. Entering the environment can stimulate you mentally and physically. Deep breaths surrounded by a peaceful, relaxing atmosphere will ensure a sigh of relief and begin to melt the stiffness though the shoulders and quiet the mind.

Here are 5 reasons to seek a SPA DAY:

  1. A therapeutic message will relax and soothe you. Aches and pains can be greatly reduced. Your therapist can work through your tense muscles to help them relax. Foot scrubs can invigorate you. Facials, manicures and pedicures have a psychological benefit. A ‘feel good’ effect.
  2. Spa treatments improve blood circulation and can help to regulate blood pressure.
  3. A calm mind and body will improve sleep.
  4. Therapeutic message can lessen pain associated with arthritis and nerve disorders.
  5. Spa treatments can enhance mental clarity by calming the constant thoughts running through our minds.

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The spas have a menu of body wraps, messages and facials. Your therapist will discuss with you the discomfort you are feeling and will adjust your treatments to provide the most benefits. She may also discuss exercises, yoga or other stretches and movement to prolong the healing effect.  After your treatment, drink plenty of water to hydrate yourself.

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Whatever you choose for your ‘escape’ whether it be a message treatment, spa retreat for a week or a yoga retreat, remember to invest in your body and mind. Those around you will be happier because they sense your calmness and sense of well-being. Your self-image will definitely improve and that ‘tired’ feeling will dissipate. You will feel re-energized. Remember this feeling and you will probably schedule another appointment in the near future. Another reminder, spa messages, facials, manicures and pedicures are for men also!

For additional information, I have a PINTEREST category on SPA MESSAGE HOME AND AWAY information. It can be found at my Pinterest site:


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Quebec….Canadian French City

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Quebec is a Canadian city with European charm. This world heritage treasure is a UNESCO site city. Cobblestone streets, horse-drawn carriages, outdoor cafes, singers, artists adorn the streets. Old Quebec’s open-air art gallery, the Rue du Tresor attracts locals and visitors daily. At the top of Cape Diamond, a stroll along the Dufferin Terrance overlooks the St. Lawrence River.

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The distinct landmark, the Chateau Frontenac, is the most photographed hotel. This centuries-old architecture overlooks the city. Construction began in 1892 and has been expanded several times over the years. In 1926, a fire destroyed part of the building.

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Located next to the Chateau is the Dufferin Terrace. Here riding the toboggan run is a favorite activity. Adventure seekers move downhill at speeds of up to 70 km an hour.

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Quebec has fortified walls and imposing gates, a Citadel with changing of the guards at Artillary Park and fortresses.

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The Quartier Petit  Champlain is the place for window shopping. The areas boutiques, restaurants, shops and art galleries line the cobblestone streets. This area is a magical fairyland scene with holiday decorations and twinkling lights during the Christmas Holiday season. Colorful, decorative shops and sophisticated designer and artisanal boutiques line the streets along with souvenir shops and cafes. The Rue Saint-Jean has the European vibe! Here clothing boutiques and unique purchases are found. There are over 10 streets and neighborhoods for strolling and shopping.

The St. Lawrence River which cuts across Quebec has played a role in the city’s economic development. Harbor and trade activities flourish here with cruise ships docking in the New Port of Quebec. This public market place finds a park and bicycle paths for exercise. The nearby Aquarium of Quebec provides outstanding views of the waterway. The Promenade Samuel-De Champlain located at the water’s edge is an outstanding walk.

The Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupre Shrine is located north of the city. More than a million visitors are welcomed every year and is a place for ‘miracles’ over the past 350 years. The Shrine is a neo-
Roman style with a golden statue of Saint Anne. This Shrine in the Cote-de-Beaupre region has glorious stained windows with high pillars and ceilings.

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The Montmorency Falls Park is a natural phenomenon at 83m high. The best views are from Parc de la Chute-Montgomery and experience the spray and force of the falls. Gondola rides cross the falls.

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The Plains of Abraham are the lungs and heart of Quebec City. Here was the scene of the 1759 battle between Wolfe and Montcalm. Today, it is one of the world’s largest and finest urban parks. Whether you are walking, picnicking, cross-country skiing or bicycling, this is the place to meet up with friends. At the 400th Anniversary, Paul McCartney and Celine Dion performed at the event which is celebrated every June 24.  The Musee national des beax-arts du Quebec, a short distance away, is renowned for its exhibits of Quebec art.

Parliament Hill is the location that Quebec’s National Assembly convene. The Fontaine de Tourny was awarded a gold medal at the Paris World Far in 1855. Today, it stands as a legacy of Quebec’s 400 anniversary celebrations. It has 32 water-themed sculptures with 43 jets which is lighted in the evenings.

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Located in the countryside, are historic churches, farms and heritage homes. These can be seen while traveling from one village to another. During the season, fresh strawberries, apples, breads, wines, ice ciders, liqueurs and other local delicacies can be purchased.

Outdoor activities are extensive. Hiking, canoeing, fishing, camping, kayaking are enjoyed among the breathtaking atmosphere. During the winter months, snowshoeing, cross country skiing, skating and dog-sledding provide cold weather activities. Racing down the slopes on ski hills is a competative sport. Also, not to miss is North America’s only Ice Hotel and the world’s biggest winter celebration – the Quebec Winter Carnival and the largest winter playground in America – Village Vacances Valcartier.

Accommodations include hotels, motels, cottages, condos, apartments, bed and breakfasts and campgrounds. At present, there are 293 possibilities.

Quebec is a foodie’s paradise! World renowned chefs prepare world class gourmet dishes. Traditional Quebec cuisine, French cuisine, First Nations cuisine use local products in many signature dishes. Chocolate and candy factory shops make mouthwatering delights. Image result for quebec city

Visiting Quebec, visitors can create their own discount passports. Discounts on accommodations, activities and dining are available.

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What is a New or Old Vine?

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A vineyard normally takes 2-3 years to grow vines of fruit viable for wine production.

The vine develops a root system and gets situated in its location (climate, water access, soil types).  Following many vintages, the vine adapts to its surroundings and grows ‘older and wiser’ fruit.

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Grape vines have a production threshold. Productivity lessens in the mid 20’s-30’s. Instead of tightly packed clusters as on young vines, the older vines produces less clusters with smaller, concentrated berries.

As a finished wine, the more layered and concentrated the product is. There are ‘no’ legal regulations on ‘old’ vine distinction. You can check the label.

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The more you drink wine and become familiar with the vineyard and name of the producers, you will learn what to expect from each.

So, go for diversity, young and old wines!