“Travel is useful, it exercises the imagination. All the rest is disappointment and fatigue. Our journey is entirely imaginary. That is its strength.

It goes from life to death. People, animals, cities, things, all are imagined. It’s a novel, just a fictitious narrative. Littré says so, and he’s never wrong.

And besides, in the first place, anyone can do as much. You just have to close your eyes.

It’s on the other side of life.”

‒ Louis-Ferdinand Céline, Journey to the End of the Night

 

 

Vinquiries – Travel and wine blog

Vinquiries has started in January 2017 to document and share my journey around the sun – adventures and misadventures at our vineyard in Croatia, and personal travel stories all over the world.

 

Vinquiries Angela

 

Hi there, I’m Angela …

As a little girl I dreamed about becoming a writer. I pictured myself surrounded by books and papers (at the time, I’d never seen a laptop). I would write in my own library or in the garden while listening to the birds. As a PhD-student I do write a lot, yet writing research reports and reviews somehow differs from what I used to dream about. Vinquiries is my creative outlet to write about the less serious things in life – stories that often involve a glass of wine.

 

… I love travelling all over the world …

After several holidays in Europe, my first faraway destination was Cuba. I was hooked the moment we left the airport; I stepped into a completely different world, met people living an entirely different life – I loved it! After every trip, whether it’s to the other side of the world or within Europe, I return home full of energy, inspiration, and new ideas. Over time, I developed the urge to tell other people about my adventures, not just friends and family, but everyone who was willing to listen. It was at that time that Vinquiries was born in my mind. At first, I was hesistant to start the blog. I’m not the type of travel blogger who lives a nomadic life and has seen more than 50 countries. I have a job, a house, and pets to come home for. And I like going home. It makes me so happy to come home after a trip and being greeted by our dog, bunnies, and a bunch of chickens.

 

… with a camera in one hand …

Although I’ve always been interested in photography, it wasn’t until my first trip to Cuba that I developed a serious desire to capture precious moments. Meanwhile, I’ve turned into a fanatical travel and lifestyle photographer. I shoot with a Canon EOS 700D. Most often, I use a Canon 50mm lens with it.

 

… and a glass of wine in the other.

My long-lived passion for wine includes – but is not limited to – drinking it, although that’s how it all got started. In undergrad I got more serious into wine and took some wine classes. I’m by far not an expert but usually I do know what I’m talking about. I’ve completed the WSET level 2 course in Wines and Spirits. In the near future, I would like to take part in the WSET level 3 course.

Me and a friend bought a vineyard in February 2016. We both loved wine, but to be honest, at the time we didn’t know anything about making wine ourselves. We’ve experienced firsthand some of the perils along the way to the production of wine. Although we haven’t been able to produce wine so far, I definitely do not regret getting into this. The locals have received us with a very warm welcome and it’s amazing to learn about their lives. While travelling, I rarely spend enough time in a place to see all tourist highlights, let alone getting to know the real local culture. I feel excitement every time I pack my bags to visit the vineyard. I love to go there because it’s totally different from my home in the Netherlands, and I love it even more because each time I arrive, it feels like coming home again.
 

Vinquiries vineyard

Vinquiries Havana

Vinquiries Zion Parc

Vinquiries Kyoto