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Finally made it here after a 22hr bus journey... bit of a nightmare journey... our waitress on the bus refused to turn off the heat, blaring the worst music you have ever heard until midnight and then again at 6:30 in the morning, but we just about made it without killing her.
Arrived at 9am in the morning, not much else to do but go to Mc Donalds, now you think Mc Donalds are the same all over the world, but no, you should see the uniforms here, they all have the pleasure of wearing Mc Donalds jeans, denim shirts and belts... Also the "chef" was dressed like Robocop... we christened him "Robochip".... picture explains it all.... gas mask, hughe black gloves... they sure take their job seriously....
Feeling wrecked so went to the market and had a few early beers to wreck us out for a long siesta.
Then it was time to check Mendoza out, this is beautiful city to walk round, full of parks, wide streets as their was a huge earthquake here in 1861 and they rebuilt the city with wide avenues and green spaces, there is a really cool crafts market in Plaza Independencia.
After a good nights sleep we were ready to take on the world.. decided to hire bicycles and visit a few of the vineyards outside the city, Argentinan wine is my favourite so heaven once again.
Had a great day touring the vineyards, had lovely lunch in one of the vineyards Bodegas di Tomassi, overlooking the vines, it was hard and probably a danger to us and others trying to cycle again after a bottle of wine. Yet we made it to 2 more vineyards and squeezed in 2 more tastings... then a long cycle back to drop of our hired bikes.
There was one major thing that was worrying us about Mendoza, everybody was too nice, we just thought they were trying to rob us, the bus driver did his very best to help us, the guy that gave us the bikes dropped us back to the bus stop and paid for our bus and raved on abaout some Irish man with the surname of Brown who helped Argentina gain independence, everyone asking us if we needed help with directions... weird but nice.
Following day our bums were too sore to cycle again but lucky we had an appointment with the vineyard i used to import from in my job in Searsons, Luigi Bosca. This is known as one of the most exclusive vineyards in Argentina. Felt all important getting past security and our guide was waiting for us. Fabulous vineyard with really cool art and Greek like architecture. Also got to taste their top end wine, just a great day.
All in all loved Mendoza... maybe when we win the Lotto we can set up our own vineyard here.
Well time to move on again to Salta just another 20hr bus journey.