What a great day, Brad met up with a very dear friend who just happened to be on Business in Buenos Aires. Meet Laura!
Brad and she met early in the morning at the Sheraton down town Buenos Aires. From there the went to the Art Fair near La Boca:
The craft fair is held only on Sundays. Last time we were here it was raining really hard and there were not as many kiosks open.
Visited a Church in the Area:
Then they walked to the newly developed area called Puerto Madero.
From there they hopped on a bus to the Palermo District and went to the Japanese Gardens:
The tea house at these gardens had a large and varied menu and the food was all very good. Try the peach tea, or the Sweet Apple tea. Gloria wants to visit this garden next time we are here.
From there they walked to to another bus stop and on the way they saw:
Before returning to the ship to pick up Gloria for dinner. We sat on a bench overlooking the water while waiting for the restaurant to open. It opened at 8pm as Argentinians eat dinner late. In the water we could see hundreds of turtles sunning their shells and poking their heads out of the water.
We has a lovely dinner, the 3 of us, at Estilo Campo ( www.estil-campo.com.ar ). They had the most amazing beef at this Argentine Steak House. Laura was wonderful in explaining all the dishes and helping us order famous Argentine food. We started with empanada and some type of cheese appetizer. Both were great. Gloria decided to order potato to accompany the beef. By the time the waiter finished explaining all the varieties and Laura translating, Gloria ordered paper thin French fries. When it arrived it covered a heaping platter. We could not believe this was for one person. Dessert was Sabayon cream and ice cream for the girls and chocolate mousse for Brad. We did not finish anything. Fortunately, Laura could take all the leftovers home to share with her friend including the wine.
We had mentioned to Laura about Brad getting a haircut in Montevideo. We told her about the matte tea the beautician had and that she offered Brad to drink some from her matte cup and her silver straw, which Brad declined. Laura said offering the drink to Brad that way is something that is only done with friends. Laura also told us there were different ways to drink the tea. Her abuela, grandmother, drank it with slivers of orange and lemon rind and also sugar. Milk may be added as well.
We continue to enjoy your great journal and photos. So glad you had a nice time in the beautiful city of Buenos Aires. If you recall, that was the city where Carolyn and I said goodbye just about this time last year as we headed home while you and Gloria continued on around the world. We had a good time in Buenos Aires also, including boating on the canals in beautiful weather. We will continue to monitor your progress as you re-visit some fabulous places.