Friday, November 20, 2009

Nov 20

It was a sunny - but windy - day. Everything is much prettier in Bariloche when the sun shines. We decided to take a ferry out to one of the islands in the lake. Turns out that all the ferry boats were full. I guess everyone had the same idea on a sunny day!

Instead we rented a car for the day. We decided to drive an hour to Villa la Angostura. It was a wonderful drive along the shoreline of the lake. The scenery was amazing: tall mountains surrounding the edges of the lakes. Snow capped mountains in the background. The poplars were almost fully leafed out.

The town of Angostura was like something from Disneyland. Maybe the area near the bobsleds. We had an great lunch. Roasted lamb. I don´t normally like lamb, but this one left me wanting more! I think it´s the way they slow cook it over a fire.

We drove back to Bariloche and visited Cerro Otto. It is at the top of a mountain and is the base for a ski lift. The view was incredible. It was a bit spooky taking photos with the wind whipping around us. I had to hang on to the camera! Can't wait till we get back to post those photos.

After that we drove to Hotel Llao Llao - a government owned hotel and apparently the most famous hotel in Argentina. It was a beautiful hotel - at least from what we could see from the outside. We were NOT allowed in. We couldn´t even drive up to the hotel. There is a race or derby going on in the area with lots of british looking old cars. The racers were staying at the hotel and their cars were on display. We did get to walk around the cars and take lots of photos.

Tonight´s menu: pasta with red sauce. Yum. Someone asked about carne. Apparently this is the only place in Argentina that doesn´t load you up with carne. I wish the Atkins diet was big down here! I think I might die from all the carbs!!

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