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PostCards from the World, My Dreams of Peace We believe in the power of travel to create understanding, brotherhood and peace on the planet. This is a really wonderful project that many Wildland family travelers, young travelers and teachers might be interested in participating and supporting. TIMOTCA, in partnership with Artsonia and Teachers Discovery, is connecting thousands of teachers around the world to have their students share “PostCards From The World, My Dream of Peace”. Creating small original art works, this project celebrates the creative spirit that is within all of us and has the power to change the world.     TIMOTCA, a nonprofit organization founded in 1980 launched the project to foster peace and cultural understanding through art and to build a Peace Monument and Cultural Center presenting the visual and performing arts of every country on earth. What a great project!      Art Beyond Borders is the first collection of postcards from 60 different...

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Written by one of Wildland Adventures top South Africa guides, Doug Thomson. We, as South Africans, are feeling a mixture of grief and celebration all at the same time. We grieve and feel a sense of sadness at our loss, but at the same time we celebrate and take note that we have been a part of an incredible journey. One that will probably never be repeated. We have witnessed an unbelievable man do the unusual. Using all his statesmanship, charisma and warmth, he managed to turn a nation that was tearing itself apart into one. Although, not without enormous challenges. I clearly remember that day in Feb 1990 when Nelson Mandela walked out of Victor Verster prison a free man and gave his “long walk to freedom’ speech at City Hall opposite the Grand Parade in Cape Town. The tension in the country was palpable. Blacks wanted revenge, the...

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On this day we head off to Clos de Los Siete, a collaboration of seven bodegas initiated in the early 2000's by Michel Rolland. The bodegas here are architecturally stunning, each designed in a way that reflects the individual winemakers, just like the designer wines made here. We first visited the wine making facilities of  Cuvelier Los Andes where we learned just how specific and sophisticated the art of wine making can be. The winemaker at Cuvelier Los Andes shares his craft with our  Argentina  wine tour group. He described how they take grapes from specific areas of their vineyards, combine various varietals mainly Malbec, but also from their own plantations of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Syrah and Petit Verdot, blending each according to the winemaker's specifications. Then he showed us and explained the amazing technology behind it with automatic control systems in fermentation tanks capable of fermenting each parcel of vineyard...
Anybody who signs up for wines and adventures in Argentina has got to be fun traveler...and did we have fun traveling together! Following are pics of our group, guides and a few friends we encountered along the way... Our beloved grandam of the group, Rosemarie celebrated her birthday our last night together and received a handmade traveler's greeting card from all her fans. Cindy, who traveled with us in Peru five years ago, models a beautiful poncho from Salta at our stop on the Road of the Artisans.  Richard traveled throughout Patagonia for over a month doing a lot of fishing and exploring around before he concluded his South American adventure by joining our wine and gastronomy tour at the start of the trip in Mendoza.  Our lead guide in Salta, Alejandro (right), skilled driver Sebastian (center) and assistant guide (left). Colleen shares her knowledge with the rest of the group and...

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Kurt Kutay praises Pablo (left) and Izekiel the winemaker (center) for the full terroir of La Azul wine paired with joyful hospitality and exquisite cuisine. At bodega La Azul  it occurred to me how much more there is to the full terroir of any wine.  Most bodegas offer tastings along with discussions about the specific characteristics of their wine. But the joy we experienced as I described previously on that night at bodega La Azul was a big part of the full terroir of their wine beyond the physical and practical considerations of cultivar type, soil, climate, vineyard location, planting, trellis system, pruning techniques. If terroir is considered to be the full ecology of a wine, then other key factors are the cultural and social milieu wherein the whole enterprise of production and consumption takes place. Ezequiel Fadel, Chef Jaime, Pablo and all our friends at La Azul rounded out the full body of the evening...
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