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Last days in Buenos Aires then off to Iguazu

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Still time to relax in what is one of the largest cities in South America. The city has a very german and spanish feel but it's not the place we expected. Not leafy or very clean. Very busy and large. A long way between places and the shops are all over the place, not modern or cosmopolitan at all. In short, nice to visit but not for long as there is not too much to see or do. Apart from the obvious natural sites in South America, BA is similar to most other spots we visited. Experienced the place but won't be back.

The room in BA was good as was the club...not the best but OK

The room in BA was good as was the club...not the best but OK

Downtown and probably the best street

Downtown and probably the best street

Museum

Museum

The taxi to the airport was reasonable at only $25 this is about the standard and it's twice the price of coffee. The pricing arrangements in Sth America is weird, food reasonable as is the taxi's but the rest very expensive.

Slum on the way to the airport

Slum on the way to the airport

Tomorrow we leave for Puerto Iguazzu.

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Buenos Aires

The Spain of the West

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We arrived late or early into Buenos Aires depending on your slant on things. 2am in my view is late especially as we were up at dawn on Easter Island. Made worse by the fact that our many hours in the air/on the ground with LAN has not included any lounge access. Qantas Club is no good in South America.

Somebody made the comment and I think they are right. LAN is good in the air but lousy otherwise. The preparation for flights and baggage handling is pretty ordinary. Touch wood we haven't lost our bags yet.

We caught a cab to the Buenos Aires Intercontinental in Merino Street which is located centrally in the city. The city is very large with lot's of streets. One can get lost very easily.

downtown

downtown

Narrow sheets and lots of cobblestones

Narrow sheets and lots of cobblestones

Nice architecture

Nice architecture

It had been 5 days since we last washed and Mandy was beside herself so it was off to find a laundromat. The great Holmes's search in transit.

found one a few blocks from the hotel

found one a few blocks from the hotel

One job down, one to go. An Argentinian steak for Tony. We were recommended in the search for this monster by the concierge. So it was off we went. Three blocks south and two north we found the meat. A very nice restaurant, warm and the waiter spoke english. My steak awaits.
Nice Sirloin

Nice Sirloin

We were in Buenos Aires for 4 days, a chance to rest but not too long. After day one laundry it was time to tour. The tour took us to sites around the city and Bocca. Here is a selection.

Ready for the tour

Ready for the tour

Mandy takes the tour

Mandy takes the tour

Presidential Palace

Presidential Palace


The Argentinian's are a very political bunch, protests everywhere.

Bocca - very colourful

Bocca - very colourful


A few things that Argentinian's love and in no particular order;
Soccer (football)
Maradona (ex footballer)
Steak (footballer's favourite food)
Evita (wife of a famous football fanatic)

Maradona in Bocca a famous footballer and team

Maradona in Bocca a famous footballer and team

And Tango dancers in restaurants

And Tango dancers in restaurants

The tour included the local cemetery which is the resting place of Evita. They love her but not her husband the ex president. A lot of history here.
The cemetery was surprisingly interesting albeit a bit creepy. Lots of money spent on the dead. Cats everywhere and people kissing mausoleums. Strange for a non believer like us.
Evita's resting place

Evita's resting place

Mandy taking the tour

Mandy taking the tour

We got off the tour early and headed for dinner early. Still very tired and needed to catch up.

Tomorrow we explore the city.

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A quick breakfast and then it's off again!

No time to rest; plenty of time for that when we're dead!!!

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It was check out day and off to Buenos Aires back via Santiago. It was going to be another long day with an expected arrival time barring any delays of about 2am. Nothing like a restful holiday for busy people.

Having returned from the dawn tour, a quick breakfast saw us hounding our tour guide James again.

A hearty french breakfast prepared by Christophe

A hearty french breakfast prepared by Christophe

James was on time as usual to take us to Orongo which is Easter Island's most dramatic setting. The rim of Rano Kau's crater and 1,000 foot cliffs it was the traditional site of the bird man ritual. Not too dissimilar to our try-athalon without the bike leg.....readers can see me to explain this ritual which basically involves collecting eggs. On the way up the road follows the side of the mountain with a great back drop to the only town Hanga Roa.

Hanga Roa with the town and airport which runs down the main street

Hanga Roa with the town and airport which runs down the main street

Easter Island some much too see we only touched the surface

Easter Island some much too see we only touched the surface

What a spectacular site

What a spectacular site

Our tour guide as the only POM (Scot) on the island has a dry humour

Our tour guide as the only POM (Scot) on the island has a dry humour

Have the selfies worked out

Have the selfies worked out

The equivilent of the corporate box at the SCG, again see me to explain

The equivilent of the corporate box at the SCG, again see me to explain

Alas it was almost time to leave. Without a doubt my everlasting memory on earth with be in this order;

  • Mandy and the Kids,
  • Easter Island, and
  • Heineken

Ok, maybe to be serious;

  • Mandy and the kids,
  • Heineken together with a rib steak on Easter Island, and
  • Family (this will keep Mandy happy)

In his element

In his element

Farewell for now. I want to come back.

The final Moai

The final Moai

It was ironic. This Moai was in the departure point for the airport. Throughout the visit our guide was adamant about conservation of the Moai and in fact poor Mandy happened by accident to touch one earning his wrath. This Moai at the airport was photographed by all and sundry including nearly everyone climbing over it and doing everything but having sex with it. That has probably happened too!

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A sunrise experience on Easter Island

Fortunately sunrise is after 0730 so we didn't have to get up too early

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It would have been a shame to come so far and not experience a sunrise over the Easter Island Moai. We can sleep in anytime.

Picked up at 7.30am with the weather slightly overcast with broken cloud. We'd had rain during the night and windy conditions. The chance of seeing the sun rise over the Moai is therefore not so good. A drive of about 20 minutes across the island which is the longest anyone will drive anyway brought us to the best array of statues at Tongariki. It is the largest array of moai (15) on a ceremonial platform.

It was pretty cold but at times it was going to be possible to see the sunrise through the moai. The pictures tell the rest; you choose whether the effect is good or bad.

pre dawn

pre dawn

still pre dawn

still pre dawn

Dawn emerging

Dawn emerging

The things Mandy does for me, she was freezing !!

The things Mandy does for me, she was freezing !!

Where as I was in my idea of heaven.

Where as I was in my idea of heaven.

The holmes' idea of a "dawn service"

The holmes' idea of a "dawn service"

A wonderful experience for breakfast

A wonderful experience for breakfast

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Time to explore

Easter Island is described as one of the remotest settlements in the world with a unique history

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We had arranged for our tours before leaving Oz. My research found that a Scotsman living permanently on the Island had studied the dialect, history and culture. James Grant-Peterkin is the founder and operator of Easter Island Spirit Tours; he also wrote a definitive book on the island. Because of our limited time here I employed James to show us as much as possible by a "one on one" personal tour arrangement. Three tours which because of the delayed flight now had to be compressed.

Our expatriate tour guide sense of humour

Our expatriate tour guide sense of humour

I couldn't begin to mention the sites that we visited or the history of this place so I'll let the selection of photos do it for me. Suffice to say James was a wealth of knowledge and wonderful tour guide. He is without a doubt committed and loves the place. It was worth every penny to see so much of the island. He believes that whilst we saw a great deal, it only represented about 10%.
first morning early walk

first morning early walk

The view outside our cabana

The view outside our cabana

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Mandy's local fish dinner

Mandy's local fish dinner

Without the fish which I didn't catch on camera. Typical me not catching something.....

A christophe recommended restaurant

A christophe recommended restaurant

A walk home to finish the day as it began.

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On the way we passed the island version of an outdoor Jacuzzi. Water supplied by downpipe from the roof and heating from a wood fire. .....must be a relation of the Collimore's.

The Collimore's of Easter Island

The Collimore's of Easter Island

End of day one and without a doubt for me, one of the most spectacular days of scenery in my life; and I've seen a lot around the world and in unique locations; but nothing can beat this!!

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