Dark Places

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I just finished reading Dark Places by Gillian Flynn. This book keeps you on your toes the entire time. Here’s a quick synopsis:

“Libby Day was just seven years old when her evidence put her fifteen-year-old brother behind bars.

Since then, she has been drifting. But when she is contacted by a group who are convinced of Ben’s innocence, Libby starts to ask questions she never dared to before. Was the voice she heard her brother’s? Ben was a misfit in their small town, but was he capable of murder? Are there secrets to uncover at the family farm or is Libby deluding herself because she wants her brother back?

She begins to realize that everyone in her family had something to hide that day… especially Ben. Now, twenty-four years later, the truth is going to be even harder to find.

Who did massacre the Day family?”

It jumps from different perspectives and different times. The plot moves fairly quickly and with the switching perspective you get a true sense of the whole story. This book is dark and twisted but it’s a great read. I usually like a little romance at some point in the books I read, but this didn’t have it or need it! You should definitely put it on your “to read” list.

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Wachau Valley Wine Tour – Austria

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One of the best excursions from my most recent trip was the Wachau Valley Wine Tour! One thing that made this tour so spectacular was our guide, Stelios. He was knowledgable about the wine, the food and the culture. Besides the wine, this tour also included lunch and a visit to Melk Abbey.

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Our first wine stop, and my favorite, was Lagler in Spietzer. Their Rieslings were the best I’ve ever tasted. My favorite wine was from this winery, it was full of citrus flavors. Definitely a summer drink!

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We ate lunch at Restaurant Wachauerhof. I had wild boar and my mom had reindeer. I preferred her dish over mine, but both were good. Before we had our main courses we had pumpkin soup. I was a little hesitant but it was the most delicious soup I’ve ever tasted! I’m obsessed and can’t wait to try a few recipes once fall comes around.

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The second winery we went to was Domane Wachau. The wines we tried here were more red, not my favorite but my mom really enjoyed them. Along with wine they sold pesto, chocolate and other locally made items.

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Our final stop on the tour was a small town where we just walked around for a little bit. There were some shops and some tourist picture spots. It was a long day but an excursion I recommend if you ever travel to Austria.

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