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Portugal, Evora surrounds – megaliths, wine and Monsaraz

I took a day out of the walled city of Evora to visit the 8000 year old megaliths about 15 km outside of the town. There are 98 stones and they are in great shape as they were only discovered in 1964 so were not damaged by various marauders of the past who seems to have come this way. The are in pretty area and surrounded by cork trees – apparently Portugal produces 70% of the world’s cork but it is an expensive proposition as cork can only be harvested every 8 or so years at the moment – they are trying to speed this up as cork is in high demand – it doesn’t burn and it is very lightweight but durable.

The views looking back to Evora and the surrounding countryside are lovely once you can get up a bit higher and look down on the verdant plains. April is a great time to be there as everything is very green

Last stops were a winery (Alentejo is second only to the Douro valley for production of Portuguese wines) and then the picturesque hillside town of Monsaraz – perfect for a movie but it is all real.

Australia – Adelaide – “the little city that can”

Two days in Adelaide to sleep in a “non rattling bed” after three nights on the train. I slept very well. 

As I know the city quite well I signed up for a foodie tour which had me trying four different restaurants for savouries and a final creperie for dessert. Very enjoyable as the group was fun – and included locals too. My favourite was the escargot en gratin at The Delicatessen so had to go back today for lunch so that I could have a full plate that I didn’t need to share with anyone! (I’m an only child!). Followed by one of my favourites – steak tartare.  Along the way (back on the foodie tour) there was a nice selection of street art in the Laneways which are being developed to look a bit like the Melbourne scene – so far so good. I think it will be really helpful to keep central Adelaide vibrant at night. 

Foodie tour in Adelaide that of course started outside the Haigh’s chocolate flagship shop.

After an evening of food tasting it seemed appropriate to end my visit with a day of wine tasting. This one focussed on the nearby Adelaide Hills and was using a company called Hills Luxury Day tours so only five of us which made it more leisurely. I especially enjoyed Pike and Joyce’s gurner veltliner and Goldings Shiraz so although I’m trying to reduce my wine collection pre moving from my apartment I bought a bottle of each. 

Wineries in the Adelaide Hills

Back home for a couple of days and then away for another long trip. 

Watch this space. 

Where now? Margaret River in WA – wine and food capital of Australia?

Fantastic couple of days in Margaret River which has meant me mainly eating and tasting as many wines as possible. Just know that I did my best on both fronts!

Stayed at cute little guest house – Margaret River Guest House – which was a very short walk to the main high street – nice feel to it and excellent breakfasts too. 

Amongst many wineries visited  we included Leeuwin, Vasse Felix, Watershed, Stella Bella and an excellent bio dynamic winery called McHenry Hohnen. Love the way Leeuwin mix wine and art – two of my favourite things. Also found a fun farmer’s market in Margaret River – they love their food almost as much as their wine. Another wonderful spot in Australia. More to come.