Gramado: A Stop Along Rio Grande Do Sul’s Romantic Road

Gramado is located in the verdant, mountainous Serra Gaúcha region of Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil’s most southern state, an area settled predominantly by German and Italian immigrants in the nineteenth century.  Gramado was actually founded by Portuguese immigrants in 1875, but later received German and Italian residents, from the nearby city of Caxias do Sul.  By the 1920s, it became a summer holiday resort … Continue reading Gramado: A Stop Along Rio Grande Do Sul’s Romantic Road

Day 16: The Mornington Peninsula

After returning to Melbourne, my hosts, Aydin and Ben, took me on a day trip to the Mornington Peninsula. Formerly, parts of the Mornington Peninsula were owned by the Australian military.  One portion of the peninsula is completely undeveloped and owned by a company.  I imagine it will become highly desirable real estate once the company is ready to sell.  The Mornington Peninsula is also … Continue reading Day 16: The Mornington Peninsula