Thursday, April 11, 2013

Rosario and the Patagonia region of Argentina

As we drove down to Buenos Aires from Cordoba, we stopped in Rosario to see the sights as we'd both served in that area more than 40 years ago when we were young missionaries.  Doug started and I ended my mission in that city.  One of the things we did was drive by the church that Doug had attended back in the 70's.  The amazing thing is that he remembered the address and we drove right to it!  I couldn't remember which branch I'd served in nor where the building was located or even if it was the same building.  So when we got there my mouth hung open in amazement.  There was this little building nestled between high rise apartment buildings all around it. 

This is a huge monument to Belgrano and the birth of their flag.  Manuel Belgrano created the flag February 27, 1812.

This monument to Belgrano is inside the monument as shown in the pictures above. There's a city named Belgrano but there are also Belgrano streets in literally every city in Argentina.  In fact, when we were first living in the little apartment while waiting for the house we rented to become available, we lived on Belgrano Street.

We were in Argentina on February 27, 2012, the 200th anniversary of their flag and it was a national holiday that year.  Belgrano is a very revered man in the country.

As I've said before, they truly believe the Malvinas Islands (Falkland Islands to the rest of the world) belong to them.

From Buenos Aires we flew down to El Calafate in the Santa Cruz province to see a glacier and national park.  The Patagonia region of Argentina is very unique and world famous.
We drove to see El Fitz Roy peak but the clouds covered it. 

We could almost see the peak...but not quite.

We found this land formation to be unique.

                        And then our little miracle happened:  the clouds lifted, and we saw the peak!!

We loved the colors of Lake Argentina.  The lighter blue color is from melted glaciers.

From there we drove to see Perito Moreno Glacier.  This is the first view we saw of the glacier.  It didn't look that big.

When we got to the other side we were amazed at how huge it was - several stories high.
Can you see the tiny boat near the glacier?  It was a large tourist boat, two stories high, and as you can see, it's dwarfed by the height of the glacier.

It was a very windy and cold day for it being the middle of their summer.  Then again, we were in the Patagonia part of the country, which is very far south.
When parts of the glacier broke off it sounded like thunder.
              This spectacular view was the last we saw of the glacier.  A bus of tourists had just arrived.

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