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Santiago, Chile - Saturday, 14 March 2015

Travel through the picturesque wine valley of Casablanca and enjoy lunch in a boutique winery, sampling some delicious Chilean wine.

Strolled down to breakfast at 8.30 am and found half of our group there but a lot of the food was depleted.

We have coffee and tea making facilities in our room but no cups and no milk.  Trying to make the restaurant staff understand this requirement, was hilarious!  I ended up with two polystyrene cups full of warm milk!  Well at least I have some cups and milk.

Had an easy couple of hours in our room doing some washing in the spa bath before we go on our winery tour.  I am taking a motion sickness pill today as that bus made me sick yesterday.

It took about an hour to get to Casablanca winery and we arrived and went straight into lunch. It was a very lovely setting and we all enjoyed our lunch very much.

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For the first time in my life I had Cheveche fish which is basically raw fish which you pour lime juice over and it is supposed to "cook" it. It was a bit like eating raw fish and if you could get that our of your mind it was okay.

Phil and I both had slow cooked beef for main course. It was very tender but such a huge piece of meat. Too much for me!

Dessert was lovely - caramel and hazelnut tart with chocolate ice cream. Yum. Yum. Yum.

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After lunch we had a guided tour of the winery and then a tasting. Chile's white wines are a bit strong for me but everyone really liked the reds. It was an organic winery and seemed to be very profitable.

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We are very impressed with Chile. The country and the economy seem to be in a good place. Children start school at 4 years of age, until 12. There are private and public schools. The public schools are free and the hours are 8am to 4.30pm. The State pays for the public school uniforms, all the books that are needed, plus they provide breakfast, lunch and an afternoon snack for the children. How wonderful.

Back to the hotel by about 6.30 pm and Rikus started handing out boarding passes as our tour has now ended and people will be leaving tomorrow. Some are leaving at 10.30 am and another group at 8.00 pm.

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Chile is so funny. It is due to come off summer time about now but the government can't decide when they'll do it so poor Rikus has to be careful that he gets everyone to the airport on time, regardless of the changes in time or not - whenever it happens. The joys of being a tour guide!

Posted by gaddingabout 07:59 Archived in Chile

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