Author Archives: Neil

Argentina Part 2

The morning of our final day in Mendoza was free time, so I took advantage of the opportunity to explore the area around our hotel.  Across the street from our hotel was the  Plaza Indepencia, the largest park in the … Continue reading

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Argentina Part 1

Our flight took us up over the Andes from  Chile to Argentina; more specifically from  Santiago to Mendoza:  from the land of Carmenere to the land of Malbec.  The city of Mendoza is the capital of the Province of Mendoza.  … Continue reading

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Chile Part 4

From Santiago, our journey took us to Santa Cruz, Chile for a two-night stay.  Enroute we stopped at Viu Manent winery. A special treat at this winery was a tour of the vineyard in horse-drawn carriages followed by a tasting … Continue reading

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Chile Part 3

Our Opimian Wine Tour in Chile continued, the next day, with a cooking class in the morning followed by tastings with two different wineries. The cooking class actually commenced at the market where we met our chef and followed her … Continue reading

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Chile Part 2

Nestled at the foot of the Andes Mountains, Santiago is truly a beautiful city.  A guided tour of the city provided the official start to our wine-tasting journey in Chile and Argentina. The following morning it was off to the … Continue reading

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Catching up & Chile Part 1

Wow!  Where has the time gone!  The past 6 months seem to have been a whirlwind of activity, none of which included updating my blog. During that time I have been on a wine tour in South America, a photo … Continue reading

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Yosemite NP November 2017

Now that we are a few days into 2018, I should finish off 2017 with a posting about a trip to Yosemite National Park in November.  Along with a band of photographer friends from my camera club, we enjoyed the … Continue reading

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Final Week in France

Bridges, castles and gardens filled our final few days in France. On our last morning in Lacoste we were up at sunrise getting packed and having breakfast.  Finn and Aristide helped us carry our bags out to the car and … Continue reading

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Chateau Vignelaure

The highlight of our last full day in Provence was a tour of the last winery that I had arranged a tour of with the assistance of the Opimian Society.  This came after a tour of a different Chateau.  And … Continue reading

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Menerbes, Lavender and Gordes

Our next couple of days in Lacoste were fairly relaxed with visiting some neighbouring villages and a lavender museum; visiting a bit more with our host Finn; and meeting, visiting with, and photographing a very unique local individual. Tuesdays in … Continue reading

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