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BY JOANNE SASVARI Meridian Writers’ GroupUCO VALLEY, Argentina—At first glance, you might think an alien spaceship had landed among the vines that sprawl at the foot of the Andes Mountains. Then again, when it comes to combining high-tech innovation with producing great wine, the Bodega y Viñedos O. Fournier really is out of this world. Or maybe it just seems that way because it’s such an adventure just getting on...
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Bradt Angola, 2nd edition





FOR CONNOISSEURS of pre-Lent festivals who are well past New Orleans’ Mardi Gras and the Carnaval in Rio, and who are feeling adventurous, Angola’s Carnival, held for the three days around Ash Wednesday in Luanda, the capital, “is the biggest cultural/social event in the Angolan calendar,” says the second edition of Bradt Angola, “attracting thousands of spectators every year.”

The event has been held since the 1850s, but has a checkered past. Groups used it to mock the Portuguese, the colonial power, and it was banned several times in the 1920s and 1930s. In the early 1960s carnival groups were beaten by police, driving the celebration underground for a time.

Today, the parades are back, “led by a carnival king and queen, followed by a whole range of musicians, including dozens of drummers...and then dancers,” says the guidebook. “Everyone wears colourful costumes and outrageous headgear, mainly in the national colours of red, black and yellow.”

You need to be feeling adventurous because, warns the guidebook, “Carnival is a very Angolan party, and as a visitor you may feel self-conscious in the crowd, as it is not promoted to foreigners or tourists. You’ll therefore find very little information about what’s going on, or where to buy tickets for the 700 seats that are available in the stands that line the route of the carnival parade.”



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b) Morocco

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