Organic cheese tour in Wisconsin

Many people simply love cheese. All types of cheese, but one thing is important: Quality! Wisconsin is the land of cheese in the United States, so this is the place that crosses our mind first. The state has over 9.500 dairy farms with over 1,270,000 dairy cows produce 3,167,495,000 lbs. cheese in 2016! That’s a lot of cheese.

 

The Wisconsin Dairy Heritage dates back to the 1830s when farm wives started to make ‘kitchen’ cheese from their cows’ milk. And it is the home for the annual World Championship Cheese Contest where Wisconsin is the leader in the industry.

 

If you care for pesticide and herbicide free food then you should definitely visit the organic farms in Wisconsin. They obviously follow green best practices and feed their cows with non-GMO crops. Then they make the delicious chemical free cheese from their milk, which can be cheddar, monetary jack, muenster, farmers, mozzarella,

 

Cedar Grove – is located in the heart of the cheese making region – makes cheese in a traditional, old-fashion way and they also educate visitors about the art and history of cheese making, and how small production effects the environment and the other businesses around them. They also have windows in their store where you can see how they make the cheese in the factory. They have all kind of cheese including daily specials and specialty cheeses you cannot find anywhere else. They also have a squeaky cheese curd. If not organic, their cheeses are hormone and GMO free.

 

Castle Rock Farms is also proud of their sustainable farming and organic cheese making operations. They believe in respecting the land they use and the quality they create. They offer various sized cheese gift boxes and many types of organic cheeses including blue cheese, cheese curd, cheese spreads and raw cheddar plus ice cream. They have very interesting flavored cheeses: Cajun, Garam Masala, Black Bean Salsa and Lemon-Thyme-Ginger.

 

Otter Creek Organic Farm really does an effort to keep their environment under sustainable operations they even make their own fertilizers. They specialized in seasonal, raw cheddar cheese made from a single farm. Their award winning cheese is the Pesto Cheddar, which is unpasteurized and aged at least six months giving it a rich, full and creamy taste.

 

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Solar Hotel, an eco-friendly budget hotel in the heart of Paris

Sometimes we only need a couple of days to relax or we can only get away from work or family for a very short time. A few days in Paris can be a very rewarding vacation. I had a chance to spend three days there and I know I will definitely be back in the future.

 

Traveling to Europe can be a little expensive on the flight costs, however now there are some low cost long haul airlines available to get to the other side of the ocean. If you do not want to spend a fortune on hotels you can choose budget hotels. Paris can be pricey when it comes to accommodations, therefore I was searching for some less expensive options. I came across a little eco-friendly budget hotel in the heart of Paris in Montparnasse called the Solar Hotel. All I know was that they practice sustainable operations and the price was pretty good. Little I knew that a location of the hotel was actually priceless. They have two buildings and we stayed in the one that is on the Rue Daguerre, a little walking street full of quality high-end food stalls and shops. I was mesmerized by the fish market shop, which has a restaurant next door they use daytime and at night. I had to have a huge fresh seafood dinner there, which was the best seafood I have ever eaten in my life! There are also cheese shops full of thousands of types of cheese, butcher shops with beautiful meat products, foie gras shops, wine shops, boulangeries, etc. They were all boutique shops with exceptional quality of products.

 

Also, the metro station (Denfert-Rochereau) next to the Les Catacombes de Paris was only at the end of the walking street. Paris has a very good transportation system so it is very easy to get to anywhere by metro or train. They have different types of transportation vehicles underground. They have the metro with 14 lines and the RER – which is a train – with 5 lines. Normally you cannot change metro to a RER with a plain ticket, but there are some stations you can. You can either buy one-way ticket or a bunch of 10 tickets from the ticket machine. It costs about 15 EURO. You can use one ticket on multiple metro lines if you don’t go outside of the stations. We could get to the Eiffel Tower in 20 minutes by one metro line.

 

The other easy and practical transportation is Uber since taxis or cabs rip you off. Anything with meter in it will not charge you the correct amount. Not only in Paris but in the whole Europe. I used Uber in Athens, Porto and Paris. Paris and Porto also have Green Uber with the same price as the Uber X but with full electric cars. So, choose wisely as there is no reason not to choose the sustainable option.

 

The hotel’s room was very simple but clean, but that’s what you pay for. They offer free organic breakfasts every morning, which includes fresh breads and croissants with butter, jam, honey, or cereal, yoghurt and tea or coffee. They do the shopping in paper bags and in their own cart. I saw bags full of organic produce. In their garden they have giant water collectors, bicycles to use for guests and they grow their own herbs too.

 

Solar Hotel was definitely the best choice to enjoy a little Paris for our short visit.

 

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Zanzibar, where natural beauty meets history

Many people have the desire to travel to Africa at least once in a lifetime and I’m not different. I have never touched the ground of this elegant continent but it is definitely on my bucket list – with too many other items. Africa has a wide choice of regions and countries that attract visitors such as Madagascar, Tanzania including Serengeti and the Kilimanjaro, Rwanda. Mozambique, South Africa, Morocco, Mauritius, and so on just to name a few.

I’m very much fascinated by Zanzibar, a small island located off Tanzania, where natural beauty meets history. Apparently, Stone Town is the only functioning ancient town in East Africa and it is surrounded by magical sandy beaches and coral reefs – looks like just paradise. No wonder it is the home of top class watersports such as snorkeling, scuba diving, windsurfing, deep sea fishing, waterskiing and dhow sailing. Dhow is a traditional Arab sailing vessel with one or two masts and lateen rigging used in the Indian Ocean. They originated in the Ancient Near East in the time of the Babylonian and Middle Assyrian Empire. Just looking at them makes you feel you are back in old times, so as their Swahili trading town.

Stone town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is a 200 years old ancient city and cultural center of Zanzibar with many narrow alleys, bazaars, mosques and houses built by Arabic architectures with elements from other cultures of Africa, India and Europe. We also need to mention their carved, wooden doors, which was made by very precise handiwork and there are more than 500 different styles. Anyway, who would not want to wander around in these tiny crooked streets getting lost in the    of shops selling various paintings, dresses, jewelry, handicrafts including carpets, wooden souvenirs, and food such as spices, and African local fruits.

Building that must be seen are the Old Fort, Old Dispensery, St. Joseph Roman Catholic Church, Christ Church Anglican Cathedral, Malindi Bamnara Mosque, Royal Cemetery and Hamamni and other Persian baths. For nature lovers Nakupenda Beach, with its turquoise clean water and the Prison Island with its giant tortoises should not be missed, while you also have to visit the Tangawizi Spice Farm, which offers demonstration of many local fruits and tastes of all these delicacies. Forodhani night food market is for food lovers here you can find all the mouthwatering local specialties. For an eco-friendly accommodation stay in Chumbe Island Coral Park, Manta Resort on Pemba Island or the Mangrove Lodge.

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How We Travel Matters

It is time to realize that it matters how we travel. Choose sustainable travel options, eco-friendly hotels, resorts and other accommodations, fuel-efficient airlines, environmentally friendly transportation, organic farm tours, organic wine tours, farm-to-table organic restaurants whenever you can.  BE AWARE. BE THE CHANGE. TRAVEL ECO

It does not mean that you have to cancel your trip you booked had year ago, but next time you should make a conscious decision which hotel, restaurant, tour or transportation you use. There are many eco-friendly options all over the world and 2017 is officially the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development. This is the best time to act and start thinking differently while broaden the horizon about what you can do to help raise awareness, preserve cultural values and heritage, save the environment and protect natural resources.

Environmentally friendly hotels use green initiatives such as water and energy saving solutions, waste management and recycling, reducing emissions, having green transportation, use local, sustainable farm-to-table and organic produce, has eco-friendly purchase policies and support the local communities by employing local workers. Organic restaurants also support local farmers while following green best practices in their establishments. Some airlines bought new fleet of aircrafts that are fuel efficient and has less carbon emissions while many transportation company has started using full electric vehicles. Organic agriculture has become a tourist  attraction lately not only offering their own natural produces and products but educating visitors about the chemical free farming and how to avoid GMOs, growth hormones, herbicides, pesticides and antibiotics keeping the soil fertile and sustainable.

So, put your ego aside and enjoy your guilt free trip while contributing to helping the Earth live longer.

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Booming ecotourism in Morocco – Le Ferme Berbere

Morocco has started a new image by marketing themselves as ecotourism destination, and the Moroccan Ministry of Tourism has already setup strategies, rules and standards towards becoming an environmentally- friendly country making sustainability a priority. I found an amazing venue to stay on the outskirt of Marrakech in the heart of Atlas Mountain, which is now on my bucket list, the Le Ferme Berbere eco-friendly hotel. It looks very authentic and for sure it is the place to relax. Continue reading “Booming ecotourism in Morocco – Le Ferme Berbere”

Organic wine tour in the Hungarian countryside

Any wine lover knows the main international wine countries such as France, Italy, California, Spain, Portugal, Australia, New Zealand, Argentina and South Africa. And I’m talking about only the most known wine growing countries not the ones containing the small, unique and boutique vineyards like Hungary. This beautiful country has 22 wine regions including Tokaj, the wine region, which is considered the first appellation in the world producing all types of wines. Continue reading “Organic wine tour in the Hungarian countryside”

Chocolate and vacation

Who doesn’t like these two things especially when they are together  I’m a big fan of organic farms so I was happy to discover that Grenada has many organic cocoa plantations using sustainable gardening methods. Twelve farmers work together in a cooperative providing the cocoa beans for the Grenada Chocolate Company, a producer of the award winning organic dark chocolate bar. I was specifically interested in Belmont Estate, which is in a strategic alliance with the Grenada Chocolate Company, and a grower of an array of exotic spices. I liked their Continue reading “Chocolate and vacation”

Sustainable travel aka responsible travel

The continuously growing population on Earth causes many environmental and social problems and is expected to exceed nine billion by 2050. And guess what? These people, whose international tourist arrival will reach seven billion by that time, will travel leaving behind a huge impact on every aspects of life. We are responsible for it being positive or negative therefore we have to pay attention and mind the way we travel.

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