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South America » Argentina » Mendoza » Mendoza April 14th 2019

The wine province of Mendoza is world famous. The Norton Malbec is one of my regular purchases from Costco in Calgary so it is only natural that we would seek out the Bodega for a wine tour. Sandy and I had a private tour of this histlorical winery culminating in a light pizza lunch and wine sitting on old barrels in the cellar surrounded by thousands of bottles of mature wines, some of the more valuable bottles locked behind iron gate. Back at our B&B we were treated to a bottle from 1975. What a wonderful 2 days in Mendoza.... read more
Norton vines
Bodega Norton
Grapes

South America » Argentina » Mendoza » Mendoza March 31st 2019

As we approached ‘El Chalet’ the ferocious dog, commonly found in almost every Argentine household, came out to meet us barking loudly. Jane gripped my hand tightly, “Are you sure this is a restaurant?”. I could see the front door of the house was just open a crack so I pushed it open. “Hola”, I shouted. Inside were some laid-up tables in a plain room with no one present. “Hola, hola?”. I could hear some noise in the back so I continued on through the room to a back corridor where I could see a kitchen to the left. “Hoolla?”. This time ‘Juan’ heard me and came bustling out to greet us. Yes, he could serve lunch. We told him through google translate that we ‘eat anything’ and sat down and waited. There was no menu. ... read more
CarinaE still use an old fashion press
One of the bigger wineries - Alta Vista
Was that the Malbec or the Carbernet @ Kaiken

South America » Argentina » Mendoza » Mendoza October 23rd 2018

We are sitting in the Santiago, Chile airport looking at the snow caped Andes and waiting for the plane to Houston. And trying to think about how to wrap up this trip in words. Our final day began at Finca Garciarena with a great breakfast including local fruits and home made pastries. Then we were notified that indeed Pablo had arranged a tour for us at the Museum of the Disappeared. We made our way to the metro police station where about half of the building was now given over to a tribute to the 600+ individuals that we "disappeared" from Mendoza alone during the late 1970s and early 80s. There were 10,000 dissents who vanished from Argentina during this period, with thousands more surviving when the junta was finally driven from office. (By the way, ... read more
Solitary Confinement
Serenaded at final asado
Never miss a chance to take a picture of a kid

South America » Argentina » Mendoza » Mendoza October 16th 2018

This trip was with four of the staff from Federal Hocking High School as we are exploring a partnership with DAD, a secondary school in Mendoza. Last year at this time one of the teachers from DAD, Paola Diaz, spent three weeks at FH on a Fulbright program. Then, last March, I visited DAD. From there the teachers have been developing and teaching programs together and we wanted to visit the school to see if we might do more. When we arrived in Mendoza on Monday we were quickly gathered up and taken to an Asado (bar-b-que) at the home of the assistant school director. As they only do here, we spent three hours at the table with the fire crackling away nearby and feasted on a variety of salads, beef, and wines! Three hours here ... read more
All All School Meeting to welcome us
Loana and Lukas
Maipu city square

South America » Argentina » Mendoza » Mendoza August 6th 2018

Back to Mendoza! This time, we arrived from Santiago in Chile. The 8 hours drive from the Chilean capital is an impressive one, specially the moment you drive through the Andes. Purely magic. We were on a very comfortable "cama" bus from Andersmar. The only think we actually missed was some wine and a hot meal, but beside this, very nice drive in the middle of the day. We actually stay twice two nights in Mendoza, as we went to Malargue and Las Lenas in the middle. There is not to visit in Mendoza itself. The city is a very pleasant one, and we actually did not much during our stay behind taking some relax "couple time"! There are obviously the bodegas to visit all around Mendoza. On one morning, we made our way to Trapiche. ... read more
Happy couple...
View from our little suite at the Sheraton...
Ready...go...visit...taste...

South America » Argentina » Mendoza » Mendoza June 2nd 2018

There was a sad farewell to Denmark (despite almost falling out the previous night over a game of the 500 cardgame) prior to hopping in a taxi to the huge bus station Terminal Santiago. I’d booked a ticket online a few days before with Andesmar and after validating my online ticket and checking in it was a short wait for the right bus to turn up before boarding it and settling in for the day (South American buses really did have the most comfy seats some of them were like 1st class plane seats). I‘d heard that the views across the Andes during the journey were spectacular so I made sure I booked a window seat and had my little music MP3 player fully charged. It was also going to be a border crossing (my last ... read more
Another big mountain
Great view
View from window of bus

South America » Argentina » Mendoza » Mendoza March 27th 2018

Mendoza is definitely our kind of town. Sunny, gorgeous wine, amazing nosh of all descriptions and plenty of pavement cafes in the shade. After our rather poor start in the bus station, we headed off to dump our rucksacks at our hostel and explore the town. We only had one day before we headed out into the Altas Montanas (the Andes) so we wanted to make the most of it. We found pavement cafes for coffee, a veggie takeaway for a picnic in the park and an amazing parilla (barbeque using wood) for a steak supper. Oh does it sound as though we did nothing but eat? Funny that! We did manage a walk round the park in between lunch and dinner but I don't recall much about that. Thankfully we knew we were returning after ... read more
And the view the other way, towards Mendoza
Oh hooray, my sort of path, where humans may not tred....
Lying in a park in Menodoza, looking at the sky. How arty AP and Rich?

South America » Argentina » Mendoza » Mendoza March 21st 2018

The journey to Mendoza It was always going to be a long day, starting in Pisco Elqui at the top of the Elqui Valley in Chile and (hopefully) finishing in Mendoza in Argentina sometime the next morning. We struck camp, heaved on our rucksacks and set about climbing the hill out of our riverside campsite to the bus stop in the centre of the village which was at the top of the hill. We had climbed this hill any number of times since we arrived in Pisco Elqui and each time I (guess who) was quick to point out to anyone who would listen (guess who wouldn’t) that there was no way that we would be able to get up that hill carrying all our worldly goods. Well who would have thought it, we made it ... read more
Our anniversary nibbles and wine..check out the swish headphones which were part of travelling first class!
Yes, 4 o'clock in the morning!  ( and I know the dates wrong, this is a staged photo for blog purposes)

South America » Argentina » Mendoza » Mendoza March 17th 2018

It had to come, the end of our trip to Argentina. But not until a few more adventures were had. Last time we left you we were describing a roadside Asado (bar-be-que) with three guys who were spending their Tuesday afternoon fishing and enjoying some meat and wine. After I wrote that blog I felt I had not done justice to our new friends. Seems it is a tradition in these parts to share large containers of wine, could be the plastic two-liter water bottle we were using on the side of Ruta 94, or it could be a glass jar, or there are even large vessels made to suit this purpose. What we were told was it was something you did only with friends, a way of passing the wealth, of sharing with those you ... read more
Sharing the roadside cup
Wine tasting direct
Sharing roadside steak!

South America » Argentina » Mendoza » Mendoza March 3rd 2018

With Bill Elasky I made it to Mendoza, Argentina after some 30 hours of travel...weather in Texas nearly grounded our plane but we made it out between thunderstorms. You know you are in a cool place when you get through customs and are met by a group of handsome young people handing you boxes of grapes! Once settled in to our hostel in the center of town we set off to find Paola Diaz. Paola is an English teacher in one of the national high schools. We met this past fall when she and a couple dozen Argentine educators came to Ohio University on a Fulbright program and Paola was assigned to Federal Hocking high school. She fit right in like one of the faculty and we agreed to stay in touch. On Friday Bill and ... read more
Freshman orientation at DAD
Children anxiously awaiting the parade
Grape picker costume




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