Argentine wine country

Trip Start Jul 31, 2005
Trip End Sep 05, 2007

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Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Finally I was able to pull myself away from the toilet and enjoy the delights of Mendoza.
This is one stunning city, the streets are wide and are lined with sycamore trees, the pavements are lined with cafes, you can smell coffee, wine and chocolate here almost as soon as you step outside! There are some fab restaurants and a real city night street life.

During the day the city is rather quiet, people chill out in the cafes, in the plazas, looking in the small stores or just sleeping during the afternoon siesta. As soon as darkness falls the city goes crazy, the streets are just crammed with people, restaurants start filling up and the smell of coffee drifts away as the smell of the meats cooking on the traditional parillas fill the air.

Mendoza has a beautiful setting too, we are sitting on the edge of the Andes, from the city when the sky is clear you can look up and see snowcapped mountains - it is a gorgeous setting. Of course as everybody knows Mendoza is Argentina´s wine capital, vineyards surround the outskirts of the city - talking of wine, it is 2.15pm and probably time we sat in a cafe and drank some!!

So, we have walked and wandered, strolled and sat around the streets here. It is a place for just relaxing, wandering and sampling the fine wines, coffees and of course steaks!!

Tonight we are headed to Buenos Aires - the capital of the country and the Paris of South America we are told?!


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PS - The snakes, turtles and spiders are a result of the snake farm and aquarium we visited yesterday - that is about the most strenuous thing we have done in the last 4 days or so!
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