Grape escape

From Australian Doctor, 23 August 2007:THERE’S a guilty pleasure involved in drinking good-quality wine while the sun still shines high in the sky. But in the vineyards of Mudgee, NSW, such pleasurable behaviour is one of the delights of a visit to this wine-growing region. Read more.

On top of the world

From Australian Doctor, 6 April 2007:THE howling, freezing wind scours my chapped face and sucks the air from my lungs as I stagger over the rocky terrain and wonder what the heck I’m doing here. Mount Everest Base Camp in Tibet is as close to hell on Earth as I’ve ever experienced. Read more.