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March 19, 2020

Wines in Brazil!

And continuing my tour of big beautiful Brazil let me talk to you about something different. Well, you know I am into wines big time. But do you know Brazil makes wine? and improving every year. I happened to lived there as an expat a few years back and had the opportunity to taste the local wines in Porto Alegre and Curitiba.

My best experience was in Curitiba as was able to visit the winemakers cellars. I will tell you briefly on the Durigan’s wines and hope you too can taste it there.

If you want to bring home some Brazilian wines with an Italian twist then head for Durigan’s winery, a real wine store, winery in one. The wines are not bad price/quality ratio and its unique as gift given or to drink as I did taken them home when I lived in the city .They cover a whole range with French grapes with the Reserva and white Chardonnay not bad at all.

Among so many stopping points in Santa Felicidade , district of Curitiba, and the Italian neighborhood about 7 km from the city center, reserve at least one hour for Durigan Wines. is on the most touristic stretch of Av. Manoel Ribas, the main artery of the neighborhood. The place is cozy, rustic and themed. Right at the entrance there are several sculptures, one of which represents Bacchus god of wine over a small waterfall.

curitiba

The Durigan family arrived in Paraná in the 19C from Treviso, Italy. After passing through Morretes, on the coast of the state of Paranà , the immigrants took up residence on the Curitiba plateau, today called Santa Felicidade.

All those delicious snacks such as salami, cheese, antipasti, sweets and chocolates are on sale. Daily they offer free tasting of cold cuts, juices and wines. The space is also focused on Italian gastronomic culture. If you want to prepare a typical dinner, you can open your wallet: here you can find pasta, sauces, olive oils, focaccias, crostinis, jellies and delicious pastries.  Another detail that I find very cute in the Durigan house is that it is always decorated according to the time of the year: Easter, Christmas, June parties;: giving the place an always festive look.

The official Durigan’s winery webpage in Portuguese is here: Vinhos Durigan, Curitiba Brazil

And this nice external youtube video will enhance your appreciation of the place, enjoy it

And there you go something other than samba and capirhina to expand your Brazilian knowledge. Hope you enjoy the Durigan’s wines in Santa Felicidade, Curitiba.

And remember, happy travels, good health, and many cheers to all!!

March 19, 2020

Go Jalisco, Mexico!!!

We have an old saying that says Jalisco do not quit because if you quit better kick back. or something like that. The bottom line they keep trying and won’t give up; I have met several and some can call friends over the years going there.

The pictures are few but the memories are big, this is arriving at the airport of Guadalajara but going to nice town in land such as Tepatitlan de Morelos and San Juan de los Lagos and even passing by picturesques ones such as Zapoten! Hope you enjoy the ride as I did. To note there is a hugely followed Basilica in San Juan de los Lagos that I have written an apart post on it, very nice search Tepa in my blog.

I was in Mexico ,coming by DF and going on a domestic flight to the State of Jalisco and landing at the Guadalajara airport, then by car visit the above mentioned cities.

The airport was that of Guadalajara webpage in English here:Guadalajara airport main site in English

Guadalajara

And went over to Tepatitlan de Morelos a nice town country cozy feeling. We turn into my hotel at the city  of Tepatitlan de Morelos, meaning a place amongst stone, and it has the history of been invaded by the French in 1864, and its big party is from April 12 to April 30 which I caught a bit of it from the 12 to the 15 and it was great party on the streets lively  ,under control .

tepatitlan de Morelos

Here I stayed at the wonderful Grand Hotel of French decoration and one of the owner is French. My rooms were the Mandela and Rangel , all the rooms are individually decorated  inmense wonderful, class in an unusual place; I was priviledge to see the room Marie Antoinette which is only given to VIP folks.  Having breakfast in the Café Paris is grand and great views over the city . The webpage is here: Grand Hotel Boutique of Tepatitlan de Morelos

tepatitlan de Morelos

tepatitlan de morelos

Here I had the luck to go to a local seafood restaurant ; the center of my dine outs, I was introduce to the restaurant Don K, or Don Camaron (shrimp).  You guess it plenty of it with great beers . The sport TV all over, the friendly service, good food, good company was all it took. I saw football/soccer games of the Champions League of Europe there,and it has football nights as well that is soccer. I came back always to eat here!!! It is at Dr. J. Ricardo Alcala Iñiguez 284, Alameda, 47650 Tepatitlán de Morelos Telephone +52 378 715 5140 . Here is their Facebook page : Facebook page of Don K resto in Tepatitlan de Morelos

tepatitlan de morelos

We did some traveling by car and walk from our hotel to a wonderful place for dinner Bistro 77 right in city center near the wonderful Cathedral and kiosk in the park. Wonderful Pulpo beers and pizzas with hot chili mexican here, great tv screens and wonderful friendly service. Webpage in Spanish here: Bistro 77 at Tepatitlan de Morelos

tepatitlan de morelos

The town has many churches and a great central plaza, nice for walks very laidback and quiet nice country town indeed. One never know how to find these jewels , but there are out there, there in Jalisco and Mexico.

The tourist office of Tepatitlan de Morelos on things to see in Spanish: Tourist office of Tepatitlan de Morelos

Then, moving on to the nice town of San Juan de los Lagos, where the church is second only to Guadalupe in Mexico city as the most important there; already visited by Pope John Paul II.  Just a heads up for the post on it as said above see it apart. The Church of Our Lady of San Juan de los Lagos, 76 miles or 122 kms north of Guadalajara. The sanctuary begain in 1542 and the church in 1732. It is gorgeous and a must to see ,drive there you will be fascinated by the devotion and spirituality of this church. The town is very nice in its center too. Here is the official govt webpage in Spanish , for the history you hit “San Juan Frente a su Historia” and a pdf file will come on which you can read or print in Spanish : City page of San Juan de los Lagos

San Juan de los Lagos

And a nice webpage on the Basilica Church of Notre Dame or Our Lady here: Mexconnect wegpage on the Basilica Church of San Juan de los Lagos

I went out to Zapoten , nice town and had lunch on the road at Birreria Chololo with goat meat and beers Indio oscura. An institution in the area, they are at Carretera a Chapala Km 17, Tlajomulco de Zuñiga, no webpage but a nice page to describe it a bit further is here: Foursquare on Birreria Chololo

Zapoten

Zapoten

There you go a nice brief ride into beautiful country in Jalisco, Mexico away from the crowds in the countryside and beautiful. Hope you enjoy the ride to these superb towns.

And remember, happy travels, good health, and many cheers to all!!!

 

 

 

 

March 19, 2020

Go Sonora, Mexico!

And why not sticking in the Americas with a trip to a challenging area of Mexico. I was to go on business trip to Ciudad Obregon, State of Sonora, the north of Mexico.

And as again touch briefly on the trip would like to give it more visibility on a single post, therefore, here it is folks.

I had the opportunity to visit a new area in Mexico, a few years back. As usual did the overall trip in my blog but feel did not tell you enough about this area. This was my visit to Ciudad Obregon in the State of Sonora, north of Mexico. The place was very much under security due to the unfortunate drug cartels there, but the local life continues without even noticing it. You only need to go to the below places and you should be ok. Anyway was an exciting visit to a place never before been, another dot in my world traveler’s globe!

Ciudad Obregón, is the capital city of the municipality of Cajeme,and is the second largest city in the state of Sonora. It is located in the center of a large agricultural and industrial basin in the south of the state. It is the most important urban center of the Yaqui river valley. It is located 525 km (326 mi) south of the state’s northern border with the U.S. state of Arizona.

This city was founded in 1927 by Alvaro Obregón and was established as a station where trains could make refill of water. The name of the station was Cajeme, name of a chief of the Yaqui people. The first whites to arrive settled in the barrio called Plano Oriente when irrigation works by the Richardson company began in the early 20C.

In 1928, the name of Ciudad Obregón was adopted in recognition of General Álvaro Obregón, former president of the Mexican Republic (1920-1924) and originally from Huatabampo, Sonora. General Obregón initiated an agricultural revolution in the Yaqui river valley, introduced modern agricultural techniques and made this valley one of the most prosperous agricultural regions in the country. The story goes I cannot validated. The American agronomist Norman Borlaug, architect of the “Green Revolution”, worked here after improving the resistance of wheat. From then on, he won the Nobel Prize.

The way to move here well is to come by air landing at the Ciudad Obregon International Airport (IATA: CEN and ICAO: MMCN) located 15 km (about 9.3 miles) to the southeast of the center of Ciudad Obregon. It has one terminal with three gates and two jetways. The airport is small but clean and nice. The webpage is here: Tourist office of Ciudad Obregon on the Airport

Ciudad Obregon

I flew in from Mexico city on InterJet airline with webpage at https://www.interjet.com/en-us

with good service and came back on AeroMexico,  again good flight services with webpage at https://www.aeromexico.com/en-us/

I stayed at the nice Holiday Inn, with a nice room,and pool facilities, center of city at Avenida Miguel Aleman webpage here: https://www.ihg.com/holidayinnexpress/hotels/gb/en/ciudad-obregon/cenar/hoteldetail

Ciudad Obregon

In the area we moved by car with great company taking the Federal highway No.15 that is quite heavily use linking Ciudad Obregón in the north to Guaymas ; the main Sonoran port, Hermosillo ;the State capital, and Nogales (Sonora’s main crossing point with the United States). The highway no 15 links Ciudad Obregón to the south towards Navojoa , the State of Sinaloa and Central America, making it the axis of “Canamex”, industrial corridor which unites Canada, the United States and Mexico. This is as good a route planner you can have in Mexico, a federal govt site: http://app.sct.gob.mx/sibuac_internet/ControllerUI?action=cmdEscogeRuta

I visit a wine shop next door to the Holiday inn that was just a new concept in the area to let you stored your own bottles. Unfortunately I forgot the name and no photos !! I ate at Los Arbolitos de Cajeme resto, at the casa Matriz(main resto as it is a chain ) at corner of Tabasco and Guerrero streets. I had my mero fish with butter here. The webpage : http://www.mariscoslosarbolitos.com/sucursales.html

Ciudad Obregon

Some things to see here if time allowed as mine was book on business this will be my favorite: Museum of the Yaqui: The museum offers a perspective of Yaqui culture having among its objectives rescuing, preserving, investigating and spreading the culture and way of life of the Yaquis. As well as stimulating in the state’s population the rediscovery of historical, linguistic and ethnic values of the Yaquis

The Yaqui people are settled in eight towns, Potam, Huirivis, Torim, Cocorit, Bacum, Vicam, Rahum and Belem. In about 7 km (4.3 miles) from the city is the first of the eight Yaqui towns that make the autonomous territory of these people known for their independent character, because it is one of the few American ethnic groups not dominated militarily by Spanish colonialists.

These I tried plenty. The culinary specialties of Ciudad Obregón are tacos with roasted meats; chimichangas which are fried tortillas with potatoes and meat; hot dogs with sausages inside a sliced bread to which you can add different seasonings and the Pozole which is a tamale soup with meat and different vegetables. Ciudad Obregon is famous for its tortillas. Since WWII, a large number of people have come from Japan and China to Mexico bringing new culinary traditions that mixed well here.

The tourist office of Ciudad Obregon in English here: Tourist office of Ciudad Obregon on things to see

And there you another trip by yours truly around the world, this time in Ciudad Obregon, Sonora, Mexico. Hope you like the post and thank you for reading it.

And remember, happy travels, good health, and many cheers to all!!!

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