Days Eight – Ten

My poor computer did not take the electricity well in Lujan (even though I was using a converter) and would not charge, so I have not been able to use it until our return to Buenos Aires.

On Monday we left our home for the past week (Areco) and traveled south to Escobar to visit with Christine and Guillermo Gibelli again, this time at their weekend place. Here they keep most of their carriage collection, plus harnesses and other appointments. We enjoyed lunch sat outside under the canopy overlooking the River Pirana. Such a lovely day with three of their four children also joining us.

From there we moved east to the town of Lujan. Our hotel was in the center overlooking the Lujan Cathedral. That evening we enjoyed cocktails and some food on the terrace looking right at the Cathedral.

On Tuesday we traveled 2.5 hours to a private estancia near the town of Bragado, home to Ernesto Figueros. Once we came off the main road, we drove 15 kms from there on the property to the main house! Another fabulous collection awaited us, as did lunch sat outside on a long table under the shade of the trees. Ernesto┬┤s son treated us to a showing of his tropiollo (which he had taken to Areco for the gaucho festival). Back to Lujan for dinner and to overnight.

On Wednesday we enjoyed a private tour of the Lujan carriage museum, thanks to Juan Gibelli who arranged the visit. We then enjoyed lunch in one of the many roadside service stations that include the most fantastic meals anywhere! A very large salad bar dominated the center of the dining room and then meat is brought as requested.

We all then returned to our first home, the Sofitel Hotel in Buenos Aires for our last night. Some went to a tango show, some to dinner and some to bed!! Tomorrow we all head for home with some wonderful memories of the people we have met and the places we have seen.