|Argentinian Corn ready for Harvest|
|A beautiful Lake|
Back on the road again! But we had not gone very far until we came to a police inspection checkpoint. When we had passed checkpoints before, they always waved us on, but this time they told us to pull over!!! He could speak NO English! The problem was that Cal did not have the headlights turned on. On this Toyota rental they do not turn on automatically, and Cal forgot when we left Alta Garcia. Thank goodness there was no fine! Alta Gracia, we will always remember you!!!Before arriving in Alta Garcia we drove through an agricultural area of wheat and corn in large fields. Soon after leaving Alta Garcia we began driving on narrow curvy roads that took us around a beautiful lake and into a hilly terrain.
We arrived in the town of Villa General Belgrano at about 1:00, just as most of the shops were closing for lunch and siesta, to re-open at 3:00. Villa General Belgrano is an interesting little Germanic town in a valley between two low-rise mountains. You would have no idea you were in Argentina. It is very German and German/Swiss (Bavarian) in the architecture of the building, the merchandise, and the menus – even sauerkraut. Most of the residents are of German descent. We window shopped before choosing a place to eat lunch. We decided today to have our larger meal at noon, instead of so late at night.
|Entering Villa General Belgrano|
The one gal had a huge “M” on her shirt –like the Minnesota “M”. When they walked past our street-side table, we spoke to them. They were indeed from the US. In fact, three of them attend Luther College in Iowa, and one guy is from Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Only one in the group was not from the Midwest. We chatted for 15 minutes at least. They are having Spanish language immersion in Cordoba for 5 months and have seen very few people from the US in Cordoba during their time here. They were thrilled to chat with someone from the Midwest! The guy from Cedar Rapids even had an “Iowa State” jacket with him!!
|Some Views of Villa Belgrano|
|Restaurant Where we had Lunch|
|Herding Cattle along the Highway|
From there we drove to the town of La Cumbrecita. To get there we needed to cross the one set of mountains and in fact the town is located in a very hilly area. Again this was a very German/Swiss village. This is a pedestrian only town, so you park at the edge of the village. There are lots of hiking trails in the hills around the village, and there are some shops. It is a tiny village in comparison to Villa Belgrano. This is a village where you come to enjoy the surrounding natural area – we just walked around the village area. The college kids we met wanted to come here too, but were afraid they did not have the time – they had a bus schedule to follow.
|La Cumbrecita Village|
|River flowing through the town|
|House in Town|
|Cobble Stone Streets in Town|
|Laying new Cobble Stones|
After relaxing for a while we walked to a shopping mall located next to the Holiday Inn. It was a huge mall with everything from major hardware/building supplies, and appliance to shoes and dressy clothes. We picked up an ice cream and walked around window shopping as we ate it. We just covered a small part of the mall.
Tomorrow morning we are flying out of Cordoba to Buenos Aires at 9:07 – another early morning! We had hoped to drive north of here, but due to our flight situation on Thursday, we will not see that area of Argentina.