Bad cop, good cop in Argentina

Posted on March 23, 2010. Filed under: Uncategorized |

We are home and back from our adventures! But for the purposes of the blog we are pretending that we are not, and that there are many other exciting things to come. So, onwards!

We left Buenos Aires for Rosario, a five hour bus journey away. We had heard good things about Rosario, a bustling university city, famed for being the first place that the Argentine flag was raised. However, we were there during university vacation, and on a weekend what's more. The place was quiet. Very quiet. Like 30 minutes to find a restaurant that was open kinda quiet. Ho hum.

There were a couple of highlights of our time in Rosario, the first being the National Flag Monument, a huge monument and structure created to honour the man who designed the flag, and the place where it was first raised. It is fairly impressive during the day, but at night it really comes into it's own, as it is lit splendidly:

We also spent an afternoon walking along the promenade that borders the huge river that runs through the city. There is a long walkway with restaurants, cafes, playgrounds and seating areas abound. There were also dozens and dozens of people drinking mate, a tea made from yerba that requires a great deal of paraphenalia, and the national drink to boot! James also spotted a kite surfer on the river while we were there, and spent lots of time snapping some great shots.

After three days in quiet Rosario, we moved on to Cordoba, where we stayed in a charmingly disorganised hospedaje near the city, which was also home to two adorable labrador puppies.

We liked Cordoba. It was a friendly, pretty place that treated us well, despite it being the place that I spent an inordinate amount of time on the phone talking to the regional bus company, on whose bus James had left both his blood testing kit and our guide book. All to no avail. We spent time in the Museo Provincial de Bellas Artes Emilio Carrafa (MEC) which was full of wonderful art such as this huge triptych:

The Plaza de San Martin is in the centre of the city, and home to the Jesuit Cathedral, a gorgeous building with wonderful interiors, including this wonderful angelic mural on the ceiling

The cathedral is also an excellent example of the permanent shadows that are marked on the ground in front of buildings of interest. You can see them all over the city:

And then we were done in the central zone of Argentina.  The next stop was something we were super excited about; Iguazu Falls!

xR

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