School girl in Panajachel, Guatemala, selling fabrics. She says "Why don't you buy my stuff?" I gave her a little Australian flag.

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Wineries on Tour

On of the many delights of travel is to visit a winery and sample its produce. Often this is best done by taking a "winery tour" with a mini bus load of enthusiasts. A day trip may take in a visit to 4 or 5 wineries and include a leisurely lunch at one of them. Cape Town in South Africa springs to mind, as do the Australian cities of Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide and Perth. During my travels I have visited many wineries in South America, Mexico, Australia and New Zealand. Here are some of my articles about these wine regions:

Wine tasting destinations in Chile reviews the Classic French grape varieties grown in vineyards at different altitudes, from maritime, Central Valley and foothills of the Andes.

Wine tasting destinations in Argentina The Malbec grape is the favorite red and is grown in the irrigated foothills of the Andes, but also at high altitudes.

Wine tasting destinations in Brazil and Uruguay Brazil is the third largest producer of wine in South America, after Argentina and Chile. Wine regions are mainly in the SE and include Uruguay, growing classic European varieties.

Unusual tasting destinations What are the most northern, and southern latitude wineries? Also considered are the wineries at the 2000 to 3000 meter altitude in Mexico and Argentina.

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

What's New for 2012?

Kindle Travel

The Kindle electronic book reader from Amazon has opened up several new worlds of travel to be enjoyed by young and old. The present and future travel is enhanced by the ready download of Lonely Planet Guide books of any country desired, for a modest cost of between $10 and $18 per guide book, which is at a discount from the real paper book edition that may require postage for delivery. An e-book saves lugging around heavy books when traveling or backpacking across multiple countries.

Traveling in the past, or armchair travel, is well catered for by Kindle. I have been enjoying many Kindle travel books which are classics, such as Jerome K Jerome's "Three Men in a Boat" which is a funny account of a boating holiday along the River Thames ca 1885. Then if you are a fan of Latin America what could be better than being absorbed by one of the first travel books written by a woman, "Life in Mexico" by Madame Calderon de la Barca, a Scots lady who married the Spanish Minister to the US. The book is a detailed account of her two years traveling through out Mexico in the years 1839-41. If you have ever traveled in Mexico and are familiar with the geography this is a fascinating book. Both these old travel books are free Kindle downloads, but first buy your Kindle from Amazon. Cheers, Allano