Saturday, 21 February 2015
21.02.2015 - 21.02.2015
This morning the ship entered the Rio de la Plata under the guidance of the river pilot. The river is 100 miles wide but there are limited navigable channels. The sunrise was delayed due to an overcast sky. It did eventually break through and created some interesting displays. A busy breakfast as many of the passengers are eager to go ashore.
We assembled in the Wheelhouse Bar to be allocated our bus number for the four hour guided tour ashore. Because our berth is in a working port we are required to use a Port Authority shuttle to travel to the terminal building. There we disembarked, walked through the very elegant facility and found our way to the tour coach.
The coach was very comfortable and our guide both informative and entertaining. The tour took us along the many wide boulevards and down narrow lanes as our guide pointed out the significant, the unusual and the bizarre structures along the way. The city has many parks and tree-lined streets. The visit to the Buenos Aires Metropolitan Cathedral coincided with the changing of the guard. We had time to wander through this magnificent church and admire the many works of art.
Next stop was in the district of La Boca with the hundreds of brightly painted buildings, the murals and the colourful good for sale at every turn. Almost every stall sells hats and leather goods also tend to dominate the stalls. Back on the coach to our final stop, the La Recoleta cemetery. An amazing city of 6400 mausoleums constructed of the finest materials in styles ranging from the neoclassical to the art deco. The primary attraction is the crypt where Eva Peron was buried. Back to the port through the up-market Puerto Madera district and the district of Palermo which is home to the zoo and a number of museums.
The city appears clean and safe and despite signs of neglect, due to the general economic downturn, was a pleasant experience in contrast to the cities in Brazil.
Back aboard I spent some time watching the operation of the port and the general activity amongst the thousands of containers being unloaded and stacked. Mary called in to tell us she and Donald would not be dining in the dining room. We decided to join them for dinner in the Horizon Court. We then made our way to the Theatre for this evening's show by Gaucho Del Plata and the vocalist Claude Eric.
Feeling quite weary, I'm struggling to write this tome. Sorry if it is a bit fractured.
For some reason the clocks go forward an hour and we'll be in Montevideo tomorrow.
If you want to look at what I've been up to you can view my latest photo by following this link to the image for Today
Wishing you good health and safe travel.
Have a great day and stay well.
Cheers .. Tony