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Blue Mountains Tourist : Summer 2010-2011
There's a new look and a new name on Leura Mall -- the Café Madeleine. What used to be known as Caf Josophan's has undergone a facelift and is now selling a range of gourmet food products over the counter. Owner Jodie Van Der Velden says the change was inspired by the precinct of Madeleine in Paris, home to some of France's best known gourmet food stores. "We have launched a range of products under the 'Madeleine Gourmet' brand, says Jodie. "They include beautiful products we have always made -- jams, chutney, muesli, Chai tea -- and some exciting new ones such as Sweet Dukkah and hazelnuts from Orange. Caf Madeleine continues to use Josophan's fine chocolates in their high teas or drizzled from the chocolate fountain over waffles, cakes and other delicacies. Josophan's Fine Chocolates are now housed at 132 Leura Mall. Behind the retail boutique, you can take a peek into a working chocolate laboratory or participate in a Chocolate Appreciation Workshop. With Josophan's Fine Chocolates and the new Madeleine Gourmet brand, shopping for gourmet Christmas gifts in the Blue Mountains has never been so easy! Find out more at www.josophans.com.au summer 2010-11 www.bluemountainstouristnewspaper.com.au 19 A taste of Paris comes to Leura German-born Australian artist Falk Kautzner who spent 19 months transforming original sketches done by Jim Aitken himself. The panorama starts, on your left as you enter the gallery, with the world famous Sydney Harbour. As your eyes move right, the image changes seamlessly into our local wonder, the Three Sisters overlooking the spectacular Jamison Valley. Moving further along, visitors gaze over the beautiful Mitchell Falls in Western Australia, then onto Kings Canyon, Uluru and Kata Tjuta (The Olgas) in the Northern Territory (keep an eye out for the incoming storm). You are then transported into a completely different landscape through Mount Warning in northern New South Wales (see if you can spot Jim on his horse). Completing the panorama are the wonderful colours of the Great Barrier Reef with the high rise holiday playground of the Gold Coast in the distance. Complementing the painting is a static floor display of flora and fauna. Giving you a feels-like-you- are-there experience, the display features natural elements from the Australian bush, as well as Namatjira red iron stone soil and hollow logs and rocks from Jim's family farm at Bogan Gate in the central west of NSW. Stand and view this masterpiece of Australian sights and sounds for as long as you can, as the longer you look the more you will see. A cheeky Sulphur-Crested Cockatoo isn't hard to spot, but keep your eyes peeled for the Funnel-Web spider! So many examples of our unique wildlife and plant life are on display, enhancing any visitor's view of Australia, whether you are from here or from another land. Aitken's Australia in the Round is located at 5 Wascoe St, Glenbrook and can be viewed seven days a week at a cost of $10 per adult, $5 per child or senior. For further information phone (02) 4739 3833 or visit www.aitkenspanorama.com.au