Day 105! Visiting historic sites as they were, walking around the place and inside the buildings, listening to a good story teller guide is always very exciting and Port Arthur was no exception! Those convicts had a very hard life but in a spectacular landscape. What a place! Hard to understand it was up and running not so long ago...
Day 103! On our first RTW trip, 15 years ago, we visited New Zealand's North Island and fell in love with the Northern tip "Bay of Islands". Tasmania (or Tassie as they call it here) is helping us to bring back those memories! The vegetation is very similar although you get reminded you are in Australia as there are wallabies hopping around all over 😁. Exploring these type of landscapes in a campervan is very special when you can have lunch with views like this one.
Day 101! Ready to explore Tasmania, but also happy we will be back in Sydney for a couple of days to keep enjoying that amazing city before our next destination! Tasmania, here we come! 😉😎 #djimavicair
Day 100! Bird's-eye view of Sydney! There was some mist, but hopefully you will manage to see the Bridge and the Opera building at the end and the beautiful residential area in between! The flight started right outside the house of our traveling friends @jorieke_fennis and Rolf, whom we met in Borneo during our second RTW trip. Thanks again guys for your hospitality. You are so lucky to live at this great spot with your adorable kiddos! #djimavicair
Day 99! Hello Sydney! This is one of our favorite cities around the world. The setting is just incredible. The way the rugged coast shapes small bays with secluded beaches, combined with the colors of the rocks and the lush exotic vegetation makes walking and exploring this city pure pleasure! And you always have the well-known skyline with the bridge and opera house somewhere to remind you where you are. 😍
Day 95! We've rented a flat in Santiago de Chile and spent some days cooking our own food, doing some laundry and preparing for the next chapter of the journey. We're staying close to the hill "Cerro Santa Lucía", in the picture, that we had a strong memory of from our first visit here 15 years ago. Unfortunately, it is quite badly maintained. Otherwise, Santiago is a busy city that has grown a lot since we were here.
Day 94! Visiting the former houses of artists and "eccentric" people, who have lived life their own way, away from the standards imposed by society, is always inspiring. Our favorite one is still the house of Dali and Gala back home. Pablo Neruda's house, la Sebastiana, overlooking the bay of Valparaiso was marvellous (and freaky)! We learned how he enjoyed life with some morning writing and then food and drinks in the company of his friends in front of the sea. Is there a better way to enjoy life? 😊 (A pity we could not take pictures inside as the ...
Day 93! Walking around the hills of Valparaíso during the day is great, but some streets get even better at night! The creativity of these street artists seems endless! All cities should allow for quality street art areas. It brings so much joy and life to those places!😍
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Three months travelling and yet another month discovering new flavors... This time in Peru and Bolivia. In both countries restaurants are inexpensive so we've been able to eat at quite fancy places for a bargain. As you might have noticed we absolutely loved the Peruvian cuisine. Our favourite dish was the saltado the lomo (in the middle) but Peruvians also make a tasty pasta-pesto dish with breaded chicken and some innovative delicious seafood dishes. Then they have some mouth-watering pastry and cakes! Although our Christmas dinner in La Paz was a bit of disappointment, as we ended up having fish ...
Day 91! We've arrived to the street art city "Valpo" and we've been walking and walking with our eyes wide open in all directions. After La Paz we feel as cyclists trained at high altitude as the hills here now feels easy to climb. We will keep exploring this open air museum tomorrow!
Day 90! Adiós Bolivia! La Paz is dramatically situated in a steep valley in a harsh climate at an altitude it takes time to get used to. We discovered it at a very slow pace gasping for air (God bless those modern cable cars!). We have to admit it was much easier for us to explore the white colonial city of Sucre or the vineyards in Tarija in a much milder climate. What strikes you most in Bolivia are all these women with long beatiful braids, colourful skirts and elegant hats. When we left Bolivia yesterday a few of those ...
Day 89! Tarija feels Mediterranean or maybe Argentinian! It has a quite modern central market with lots of fruits and vegetables, nice lively plazas, good restaurants with lots of people enjoying food (mostly juicy steaks), drinking local wine and talking (very) loud 😅
Small "boutique" bodegas also have their charm! We met the owner of "Resolana" who spent a few years in Spain studying enology. He explained how difficult it is for the small guys to find their niche and also the fact that Bolivians like sweet wines more than dry ones, although that is beginning to change! Tarija feels Andalusian with Mediterranean climate and outgoing, bohemian and life (& wine!) loving people!
Day 88! The beautiful region of Tarija is not only about wine! They also produce other alcoholic beverages like the Bolivian pride Singani, a sort of Cognac, which is the main ingredient of the national drink Chuflay! We learnt how they produce one liter of Singani out of four liters of wine and how to mix a Chuflay. It tastes great! Salud! Skål! 😉 (If in Hollywood, you can buy it from the importer Steven Soderbergh!)
Day 86! Not long ago, we did not even know Bolivia had a wine region and until New year's Eve we had never heard of Bodega Aranjuez. Our last bottle of wine of 2018 was so good we said we had to visit the vineyard. Today, we we were some of the first tourists visiting Aranjuez as they just opened to the public. Apart from the rain, the whole visit was splendid with the privilege of being guided around by the grandson of the founders. We've learnt a lot more about wine and tasted some excellent award-winning wines. Our new ...
Day 84! It was fun and interesting to spend New Year's eve in Sucre. The city was so alive! Lots of people in the street, lots of parties and loud music. For some reason, many cars were just driving around. We tried to capture the atmosphere from the sky!