The Tigre Delta
Trip Start May 26, 2012
15Trip End Jun 06, 2012
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On our way to the Tigre Delta, we drove throughout the tony suburbs of Buenos Aires which were loaded with expats, diplomats and just rich Argentines. A quick stop gave us a view of the city, and some of the fishermen who use the Tirgre for their dinging tables, though it is not recommended.
Following the stop, we arrived at San Isidro, where we passed the time wandering through the craft market place up to the church. The market place could have easily been in any location in the world, like Bordentown New Jersey, just with basic crafts, handmade jewelry and plastic junk. The only exceptions to the standard market were the vendors selling the Yerba Matte tea holders, unique to Argentina. Clearly this town is a city of the rich and poor, depending on which side of the tracks you live.
Once at Tigre, we got on the boat for a 40 minute ride to our restaurant. The tributaries of the river make the islands only accessible by boat. There are century stone mansions, English cottages, Italian villas, and little wooden shacks along the river. There are weekend hideaways and homes barely standing on the stilts. Everything, (the restaurants, bars, parks and recreation areas) is severed by private boats as well as the wooden and steel ferries. The houses are all raised about the flood line, each with a dock and not driveway.
Lunch at Gato Bianco was outstanding, according to most in the group. http://www.gato-blanco.com. The chicken and the pork were nice and juicy, salad and fresh fries were fresh. As I like to try sausages when I travel, Jonathan and Daniel made sure that I didn't miss the chiorzo there. They brought out a sausage for my desert. It was excellent. (Though they said that they had better Chiorizo at El Dorado Restaurant later in the day). We walked the grounds of the restaurant, before heading back to the port and our bus back to the hotel.
Late Sunday afternoon is a wonderful time as the city turns from the weekend to the week. Walking the city with the mission of getting a cup of coffee at Cafe Tortino, the city began to light up. Although I didn't get my cup of coffee, the line was out the door, I did mange enjoy the the watching the city at dusk. As I walked by the Casa Rosada (Pink House where the Argentinian President works), there was a protest going on at 6:00pm, which I avoided. Not knowing Spanish, I could not read the signs and did not want to chance that is was an Anti-American Protest - thought there are so many things to protest here. I don't think that the Argentines are mad at the Americans at the moment, Eventually, I got my coffee and called it a day. Most went out for a steak meal, which I just could not after Steak last night, Pork for lunch. Problem with Argentina - food is too good!
Quote of the day: "The Argentine Parliament is the biggest Pizza Parlor in the world. They sit around eating pizza all day. That's all." Pablo our tour guide.