After a quick stop in Buenos Aires we headed west to Mendoza.Â Much like the cities of the west coast in North America, Mendoza was noticeably newer, more laid-back, and calmer than the east. Â There was room to breathe.
In Mendoza the houses were the colours of ice cream and candy.Â Out of the context of food though, I usually think of pastel colours as being more feminine or for babies. Â Was this a city of just girly girls and babies?Â Nope, there were definitely men there, but oddly they didnâ€™t seem out of place or any less masculine in a sea of pale pinks, light blues, lavender, and butter yellow.Â For whatever reason the pastels just worked and being surrounded by soft colours was somehow calming. Â It has also made me reconsider the neutral and dark colours I always seem to surround myself with. Â How hard, cold and manly of me . . .
Another great thing about Mendoza and the nearby town of Chacras de Coria is the ice cream.Â I wasnâ€™t sure what half the flavours were, but the ones I tried were amazing!Â One guy even let us try his secret stash of Malbec ice cream.
On our last day in Mendoza we visited a few wineries.Â The one that stood out for me was Salentein.Â It was straight out of the Da Vinci Code or maybe it was like Dr. Evilâ€™s dark lair. Â Anyway, if youâ€™re in the area, Dr. Evil makes some pretty great wine.