All Steamed Up
Trip Start Jan 20, 2004
187Trip End Ongoing
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The train was in commercial service from the mid 1940s until the late1970s, and was an extension of the main Ferrocarril Roca line that ran from Puerto San Antonio on the Atlantic coast to Lake Nahuel Huapi up in the Argentinean foothills of the Andes
After about ten days of seemingly continuous rain, we decided to take advantage of the first sunny day for a short trip south to the nearby historic town of Trevelin. Nestled in a fertile valley under the snow-capped peaks of the surrounding Chubut hills, it attracts visitors from far and wide due to its staunch Welsh character. Although there are many communities on the Patagonian coast that were established by immigrants from Wales in the middle of the 19th century, Trevelin is the only settlement in the interior of Chubut Province that retains its strong Gaelic flavour. The name itself means 'the town of the mill' and the original grain mill built in 1918 is now a museum exhibiting many artefacts from the original settlers
The main purpose of our visit was to find one of the famed Welsh teahouses for a late afternoon treat, now that the day had turned cool and cloudy. We were tempted by the oldest establishment, 'Nain Maggie', but eventually succumbed to the crackling wood fire and warm atmosphere of 'La Mutisia'. Surrounded by reminders of the early days of the Welsh pioneers, and serenaded by harp music, we settled back to enjoy the delights of a traditional Argentinean Welsh tea. Along with a seemingly bottomless pot of steaming tea, there were accompanying plates loaded with piping hot bread and scones fresh from the oven, plum jam and local honey, lemon pie, cheesecake, black Welsh fruitcake, brownies, light milk squares and pineapple with whipped cream brownie cake. Of course, despite our valiant efforts, there was no way that we could finish everything, so the contents of our 'doggie bag' kept us supplied with treats at coffee break for the next three days!