Thursday, April 2, 2009
We love Villa La Angostura, which is about 40 miles from Bariloche on the eastern side of the spectacular Nahuel Huapi lake in southern Neuquén Province. Unfortunately the weather is not cooperating, and it has been raining most of the time we've been here.
We're staying at a "hostel" that anyone would be comfortable in, Las Puertas del Sol. The second picture here was taken this morning as we were leaving the hostel. The first picture was taken from the breakfast room as we were finishing our breakfast (included in the price). We're so comfortable here that we plan to stay a few more days. Nahuel Haupi is dramatically beautiful, with huge mountainous islands and mountains all around, and I can't think of anything similar that I've seen.
The third picture was taken very near the harbor where you can catch a boat to the unique Arrayanes Forest (which provided the inspiration for Walt Disney's Bambi). The mansion in the photo is called El Messidor, and it belongs to the Provincial Government of Neuquén. The public can tour the grounds of this magnificent property, with something like 10,000 rose bushes, but the mansion is reserved for government officials and other dignitaries. It became famous after it was used to "jail" Isabel Peron, the widow of the famous Juan Peron and the then-president of Argentina, when the military deposed her in March 1976. I was lucky to spend three days there in 1977 as the personal translator for the Mayor of Neuquén, while he entertained the mayor of Knoxville TN, Neuquén's sister city.
Posted by Scott Grannis at 8:39 PM