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This post by Ana Astrid O'Reilly is a participant in the 2014 Guest Bloggers' Program sponsored by the Great Wine Capitals Global Network.

- I think that this might be our exit but I’m not sure-, I said tentatively. I could never tell whether the signs indicated an exit or a service area. I’m not a very good navigator and Italian road signs got the better of me every time.  

- What does the sign say?-, my husband Sean asked.

- Cortona. But it has a petrol pump next to the name so I don’t know if it’s a service area or an exit.

This post, submitted by Ecotours Portugal, is a participant in the 2014 Guest Bloggers' program sponsored by the Great Wine Capitals Global Network.

The American group of Jim Wagner is fantastic! They visited Portugal and one of their best moments were in Douro Valley. They loved the tranquillity of this region, they were impressed with the chance to tread grapes and they loved the Port Wine.

This post, written by Per Karlsson of BK Wine Tours, is a particicpant in the 2014 Guest Bloggers Program sponsored by the Great Wine Capitals Global Network.

“In 1652 Jan van Riebeeck, the founder of Cape Town wrote in his log book that a certain Jan Blanx, arquebusier on the ship, was sentenced to fall from the yard arm [a boom half way up the mast] and to receive 50 lashes for having wilfully and petulantly defied the captain…” Teddy Hall tells us the story of one of the early settlers on the Cape, standing on a street corner in Stellenbosch.

This article, written by Bordeaux-based tour guide and journalist Maxine Colas, is a participant in the 2014 Guest Bloggers' Program sposored by the Great Wine Capitals Global Network.

All photos copyright Maxine Colas

This post, written by Beth Delthony, is a participant in the 2014 Guest Bloggers Program sponsored by the Great Wine Capitals Global Network.

All photo credits:  Beth Delthony

When you see a spray painted figure on the side of a building or a wall, is it graffiti or art?  Read what Porto-based wine blogger Gabriella Opaz has to say about the exciting street art scene in Porto.

This post is a participant in the 2014 Guest Bloggers´contest sponsored by the Great Wine Capitals Global Network.

 

http://catavino.net/street-art-in-porto-portugal/

This post, submitted by Ken Baldwin of Totally Spain, is a participant in the 2014 Guest Bloggers Program sponsored by the Great Wine Capitals Global Network.

Rather like its wine, the region of La Rioja in Northern Spain is an elegant and very traditional region – nothing too brash or overly showy here.

All Shapes and Sizes

This post, submitted by Maria João Carvalho is a participant in the 2014 Guest Bloggers Program.

Texts from the blog http://portoadvice.tumblr.com/

3. Beware of newstands cats

What do you really notice when you visit a city for the first time?  Read Porto resident Gabriella Opaz' impressions by following the link:

http://catavino.net/the-textures-of-porto-what-makes-a-city-beautiful/

This post is a participant in the 2014 Guest Bloggers' Program sponsored by the Great Wine Capitals Global Network.

This post, submitted by Bordeaux-based journalist Wendy Narby, is a participant in the 2014 Guest Bloggers' Program sopnsored by the Great Wine Capitals Global Network.

 

After 3 years of frustration on the part of visitors to Bordeaux, Chateau Mouton Rothschild is once again open to wine enthusiasts. It was worth the wait, the wine making cellar has been transformed but so has the cultural part of the Chateau.

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