|George who knew so much|
|train interior on a quiet day|
In Buenos Aires pedestrians are the least protected class of all the traffic categories, so crossing a road is as dangerous as roaming the forest during hunting season. But when we arrived in Tigre 35 km away from BA, we found that pedestrians here are the top category, put a foot off the walkway onto the street and cars come to a screeching halt.
We were told that the city was so safe, compliments of the very popular mayor, that a kind of housing boom has occurred in Tigre, where the best schools are found in the country and where the city is one big wifi free zone all over town.
The lure of Tigre for tourists are the "Islas" at the confluence of 5 rivers coming from the pampas into the Rio de la Plata, the BA estuary into the ocean, creating a silt plateau of thousands of little islands, dotted with modest weekend homes to mansions occupied by people like Madonna.
|gas station for boats|
|jump on board for school|
|restaurant on an island|
The first habitation of the islands occurred when wealthy Buenos Aires residents or portenos fled the city during an outbreak of yellow fever in 1877.
|quiet shallow waters with eels galore|
We had an all you can eat buffet in the casino for $13 each and saw again first hand, how the elderly waste their pensions on slot machines owned by the politicos in this country of graft and greed.
|accordion and viola|
|these did not need high splits|
|fast and furious|
|you can see we arrived|
early at the wine club
Malbec is well known around the world. We learned also to appreciate white wine by the name of Torrontes and got to hear about the different wine regions.
Meeting some other tourists at our table was a pleasant extra, allowing the sharing of stories and eventually the sharing of emails. All in all we will remember BA fondly.