Trip Start Dec 19, 2012
Trip End Mar 28, 2013

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Flag of Argentina  , Cuyo,
Saturday, December 29, 2012

After 37 hours on the bus we arrived in Mendoza. The wine capital of Argentina, renown for their Malbec variety. One would think after so many hours on a bus that the logical thing would be to stay for a few nights but we had somehow booked our next ticket to Bariloche the next night so we had a jam packed two days ahead.

Mendoza is a beautiful city. Story goes that after a bad earthquake the city was restored and it was decided to build many parks for emergency congregation and wide avenues for safety. Many years later, this became beautiful with large oak trees lining the city and many parks mosaiced in blue tiles with flower boxes in the streets.

The mood is cafe's with coffee and slow lunches. Throw in an empanada and a beer and you're good to go.

Ryan and I couldn't understand why all the shops had abruptly closed. We decided the small town had closed early for the day. Little did we know that a few hours later the streets were more of a bustle and this was owed to the seemingly more southern not to miss mid afternoon siesta!

We discovered Mercado Central. Any culinarean's bliss. A gigantic deli with little stalls selling a speciality of sort. Ryan was quick to find his late grandad's quince preserve and stocked up. We also discovered Argentinean food doesn't have to be expensive when bought from the right place. We re-discovered cheap empanada's that tasted much better than the restaurant type.

We finished our stay off with a wine and olive oil tour. Yum!
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Newlon on

Enjoying your writings and photographs; keep them coming. Happy New Year to you and Ryan. Be safe and have fun!
Mike and Pam

Marlene van Biljon on

Hi julle, ons geniet julle blog, moenie ophou nie. Geniet.
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