Month: February 2018

February 16, 2018 Paul Groves

It was a short trip overnight to Búzios from Rio. We didn’t have an excursion planned for today so we slept in late, had a pleasant breakfast in the dinning room, and then headed into town. Búzios is definitely a party type of town. With 23 separate beaches and a bar and hotel every block,…

February 16, 2018 Paul Groves

This was the first port day on this trip where we did not have an excursion planned. From what we were told, there was a new museum (The Museum of Tomorrow) within walking distance along the pier. Ron also had a plan to find a new cover for his iPad and look for a Starbucks…

February 16, 2018 Paul Groves

After a rest of two days at sea we docked in Rio De Janeiro at about 7:00 am. It was dark, misty, and raining which didn’t bode well for our 8 hour tour. Our first stop was at Corcovado mountain and the statue of “Christ The Redeemer” overlooking Rio. In order to get there you…

February 16, 2018 Paul Groves

When you look at a map of South America, you will see that Montevideo, Buenos Aires, and Punta del Este all lie on the Rio de Plata, a very wide-mouthed river between Argentina and Uruguay. The travel between these cities takes all night because the ship kind of wanders in circles in the ocean to…

February 15, 2018 Paul Groves

After the long and tiring day yesterday, we decided to do a short and fun tour today: a culinary walk in Buenos Aires. We got a real treat with this tour as we got to sleep in! Our tour didn’t start until 10:30 (the tours usually start at the 8:00) so we had a leisurely…

February 15, 2018 Paul Groves

After our visit to Plaza de Mayo, it was time for a refreshment. We drove a very short distance to Cafe Tortoni. Cafe Tortoni was opened in 1858 and was named Tortoni after the Parisian café of the same name where the elite of the Parissiense culture gathered in the 19th century. This cafe in…

February 12, 2018 Paul Groves

Also located at the Plaza De Mayo is the Metropolitan Cathedral. It is the main Catholic Church in Buenos Aires. It is the mother church of the Archdiocese of Buenos Aires and the primatial church of Argentina. Now it is most famous for it’s most recent Archbishop/Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio. Located in the right aisle…

February 12, 2018 Paul Groves

We arrived in Buenos Aires about 7:00 am and left on our tour of the city about 9:00. We would have started earlier but our buses were stuck in traffic (sound familiar?) We began our tour in the north of the city in the Recoleta district. We saw several parks and our first memorial to…

February 9, 2018 Paul Groves

After a couple of relaxing sea days, we arrived at the city of Montevideo, the capital of Uruguay and 90 degree heat. It’s a very modern city and has miles and miles of public beaches. However what appears to be the Atlantic Ocean is actually the Rio de la Plata river flowing from the interior…