Many took the free morning as a chance to shop in Buenos Aires! Some looking for leather, some for horse “things” but many returned to the hotel around lunch time with lots of bags and happy smiles!
Today we left the big city and traveled northwest for 2 hours to the small town of San Antonio de Areco (our home for the next six nights). We will make daily visits to private estancias and carriage collections in the area before enjoying the Gaucho Festival this coming weekend.
Our home for the next few days is the Patio de Moreno, right in the heart of San Antonio de Areco. This old and traditional town has small independent shops, many of which are silversmiths. No building can go above two stories here and so it has retained all of its charm. There are several town squares, outdoor cafes and many local restaurants (which we will sample every night this week!).
We all enjoyed a welcome reception and spectacular dinner last night in the Sofitel Hotel last night and everyon had the chance to get acquainted. Great start.
This morning we left BA for a two hour drive south of the city to an estancia near Lobos.
We saw the newly imported Friesian horses (and a few babies!), the spectacular carriage collection, plus harness and appointments galore.
Together we enjoyed an Argentine barbecue and lots of Malbec wine.
Following coffee in the house and some goodbyes, we drove 1 1/2 hours to General Belgrano to visit the commercial carriage collection of Dr. Guillermo Gibelli, who was joined by his dear wife Christina.
Sunday is the official start of the CAA trip, with everyone finally getting here today. However this year the majority of the group had decided to come at least a day early in order to have the chance to look around the city of Buenos Aires. So I have seen many of our small and special group already.
Yesterday was the first day that Argentina had enjoyed “hot” weather and it was sunny and in the 80s. Today is expected to be the same.
Our hotel is the Sofitel Hotel in the heart of Buenos Aires. We have stayed here many times and it is simply a great hotel, with very helpful and friendly staff and a wonderful bar where you can also enjoy a meal.
Breakfast is a large buffet of everything (and more!) that you could want!
Helping preserve our horse-drawn heritage for over 50 years.