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Was yet another wet, windy and sleepless night, especially
as was up before 7am to get 8am bus. Jorge kindly gave me a lift & we startled
a huge hare in the driveway on departure. The wheel came off the cronky car he
borrowed from his sister soon after I said how reliable it was – it stalled in
traffic with time marching on but luckily eventually got going.
For a small bus station it ...
... it was time for dinner we borrowed a flashlight from the hotel reception and set off through the vines. The restaurant was set in an old stone building and really beautiful. It is owned by an American and the chef is her daughter who trained in Chile, the US and in Italy. The food was broadly Italian and certainly not Chilean. It was very, very good and we enjoyed the meal greatly. We walked back through the vines to the hotel and watched TV for a ...
... thanked him for sorting out our chance to come and eat at the lovely restaurant and sat down with him in the lounge for more Kappa Pisco, coffee and a chilled soft slice of some sort of chocolate that just melted in the fingers and mouth. He is a well-known wine photographer and had just secured the cover of Wine Spectator for the next month so was in jubilant mood. A Brighton born bloke who had done photos in music ...
... Mote con huesillo is a Chilean institution, with specialised carts and stalls found on street corners. It consists of a sugary syrup base with some cinnamon and is complemented with a hearty helping of cooked husked wheat (mote) and at least one dried peach (huesillo), stewed overnight to rehydrate. There is even an expression, “Más chileno que el mote con huesillos” – “More Chilean than Mote con ...
... different days, to do tours and tastings.
On one day, to give our livers a rest from wine , we headed off on a day trip to Sewell. The original mining town, established in 1905, is up at 2000m in the Andes mountains, in the middle of one of the biggest underground copper mines in the world. The town is a UNESCO world heritage site and is an amazing place to visit. The mine is still active so you can only get in in carefully controlled groups.