In the whole world there can be no more dreary view than that from the northern slope of the Sierra Blanco. As far as the eye can reach stretches the great flat plain-land, all dusted over with patches of alkali, and intersected by clumps of the dwarfish chaparral bushes.
Looking down from the Sierra Blanco, one sees a pathway traced out across the desert, which winds away and is lost in the extreme distance.
"To the right of the Sierra Blanco -- so we shall reach the Rio Grande," said another.
In carrying so many together she let one fall at the feet of the barber, who took it up, curious to know whose it was, and found it said, "History of the Famous Knight, Tirante el Blanco."
"God bless me!" said the curate with a shout, "'Tirante el Blanco' here!
He saw the white-walled, water-power factories of Rio Blanco. He saw the six thousand workers, starved and wan, and the little children, seven and eight years of age, who toiled long shifts for ten cents a day.
The strike, or, rather, the lockout, because the workers of Rio Blanco had helped their striking brothers of Puebla.
S., where the trade-wind loses its regularity, and heavy torrents of rain fall periodically, the shores of the Pacific, so utterly desert in Peru, assume near Cape Blanco
the character of luxuriance so celebrated at Guyaquil and Panama.
And that harpoon--so like a corkscrew now--was flung in Javan seas, and run away with by a whale, years afterward slain off the Cape of Blanco
They love their oak in Rioja and with the Blancos
there's some rich, complex, herby, nutty, thought-provoking wines out there that have seen ageing and sometimes fermentation in barrel.
Abel Mendoza Garnacha Blanco
2015 (PS22.75 Wine Direct) One of the finest, most interesting Rioja Blancos
I have ever tasted.