As in the last post, these photos were taken by Tom & Gloria Burgess, and the captions are by Jill Ryder:
November 30, 2009
November 28, 2009
Here, without further ado, are some photos from the CAA group’s fabulous trip to Argentina earlier this month. The photos are by Tom and Gloria Burgess, and the captions are by Jill Ryder.
November 11, 2009
This morning, I received these two updates from Jill: one from last Friday (which she wasn’t able to send because she had no Internet connection) and one from this morning.
The group leaves B.A. tonight to travel home.
Friday, Nov. 6:
Woke up early to the sun beating through my window and the birds singing. This is an idyllic setting, very beautiful and restful.
Last evening we were treated to a private tango show after dinner. There was a wonderful lady singer accompanied by a fantastic musician and after four songs, in came two marvelous tango dancers. After a great show, they invited all of us to the dance floor to try a “few” tango steps (more than one of us was heard to say, “I have a new respect for tango dancers, it’s not easy!!”). We learnt (or should I say, we were shown!) three tango steps and then the music started and we all took to the floor … not a pretty sight, but great fun!!
Those of you who have been to Argentina on a CAA trip know what I mean when I describe this country as magical. We travel around and see miles and miles of grassland and cattle, hardly any houses, and then we come to an oasis here in the hills.
Following lunch, we took off in our private bus for a two-hour drive north to visit Estancia La Mora, owned by the Fox family. Roberto and Lujan Fox were there to greet us along with some of their five children. We enjoyed a day viewing their super carriage and book collection, eating an asada (barbecue) and watching the gauchos round up and promendade their 150 horses, 900 sheep, and 1,400 cattle. It was wonderful.
Then back on the road for another two-hour trip north and then east to Nueve de Julio. We were met at a roadside gas station and led twelve miles on dirt roads to Estancia Mainumbi, our home for the night. The group was split between two homes and we gathered together that evening for a wonderul meal shared with the Mulchay family after first walking about the marvelous garden.
Wednesday, Nov. 11:
I have not had access to a computer for days, but now we are back in B.A. and it is possible again.
On Saturyda, after having a lazy morning, we boarded our bus and headed off northeast for the town of San Antonio de Areco and the Estancia el Rosario, our home for the next three nights. We arrived late, so we were met by the charming owners and shown our rooms, then gathered for an evening meal. The next morning, we set off for a drive out of town, where we met Juan Gibelli, who provided a four-in-hand and pair, and we all loaded in the two carriages for a carriage drive into town. We took dirt side roads and met little traffic, passing by Thoroughbred farms one after the other. Once in town, we unloaded and walked a short distance to a local shop, where we were offered chairs (plus refreshments and bathroom) to watch the parade of gauchos, horses, and tropillas (herds of horses). We estimated some 3,000 horses passed us by. The weather was perfect, and we all THOROUGHLY enjoyed the event.
Then it was off on the carriages again for a short drive to the home of Pepe Guevara for a barbecue lunch. Many of Pepe’s friends joined us there, and it was a great day.
On Monday, we drove 65 km to Capilla del Senor, where we hosted again by Juan Gibelli. He has a large carriage collection (of vehicles to drive). Of course we enjoyed lunch, then several carriages were put to and we all went off for an hour’s drive through the countryside. Field after field of cattle or horses, and no troubles at all. We were treated to a friend of Juan’s bringing his Hackney random, and he drove the cross-country course with us. I can honestly say that I have never seen a random drive cross-country before! The day ended too soon.
On Tuesday, we left Areco and made a stop in Lujan to visit the public carriage collection. Fascinating. We met the museum curator and the man in charge of conserving the vehicles. They were most interested in talking with us and exchanging ideas. Then we made our final visit to El Galpoon in Escobar: the weekend home of Dr. Guillermo Gibelli. Here, he houses most of his carriage and appointment collections. Again, a perfect day of sun and breeze, and we enjoyed lunch all together with members of the Gibelli family and invited guests.
All too soon, we returned to the big city and checked in to our hotel. We all gathered in the evening to exchange stories and highlights of yet another fantastic trip to the wonderful country of Argentina.
November 5, 2009
Jill just sent the following brief but envy-worthy report.
Day Five (Thursday):
Following another lazy morning (with breakfast delivered to each of our roooms – I could get used to this!), we set off for a three-hour drive west to Tandil (in the hill country).
We checked in to our hotel (Ave Maria) and arrived in time for lunch (Do you see a theme here? – carriages and food!!). The afternoon was free to swim, walk, ride, or drive horses or just take it easy. Everyone is taking advantage of one of the activities!
The weather is glorious – sunny and warm. Check out the website www.avemariatandil.com.ar
Tomorrow we head north again, stopping at the Estancia La Mora – home of the Fox family with their wonderful carriage and book collections, plus Hackney horses, sheep, and cattle.
November 4, 2009
First, let me say that I’ve been remiss in not giving you these two links, which will give you a tiny glimpse into the life of Argentine luxury that the CAA group is living …
The beautiful Sofitel hotel in Buenos Aires: http://www.sofitel.com/gb/hotel-3253-sofitel-buenos-aires/index.shtml
And the Bella Vista estancia, where the group stayed on Monday night (at the end of their second day): http://www.ladatco.com/AR-BUE-Bella%20Vista.htm
Here is Jill’s report on the rest of the third day:
After a wonderful lunch yesterday, we loaded up luggage and people and headed south for the beach community of Carilo. We checked into our charming accommodations for the next two nights, La Estacion (http://www.laestaciondecarilo.com.ar/ingles/index.htm), just a few blocks from the Atlantic Ocean. The area was developed by the Guerrero family and it was a member of the family that we visited today.
Following breakfast in our rooms (what a life!), we departed for an hour’s drive through the countryside to the Estancia Charles Viejo to visit a small but wonderful carriage collection. We were first shown the history room that houses photos, books, maps, and papers of the Guerrero family and most especially about Hector Guerrero (the one who began to develop the Carilo area). Then we moved on to the harness room (which now houses only a part of the original collection) and saw wonderful leather harness hung and all cleaned and well maintained – it was a joy to see.
Then on to the carriages, all painted in the family colors of yellow and black. There were many of Argentine make and, although there were only seven vehicles on the estancia at this time, they were all in original condition and wonderful examples (Mail Phaeton, Barouche, Dog Cart with their original lamps).
We enjoyed the warm sun and had a chance to tour the gardens and house before partaking of a light lunch of beef and ham and cheese empanadas.
We then returned to our beach hotel to enjoy the sun and relax.