13th-15th April: At sea, Rio Del Plata, Buenos Aires

On the 13th and 14th we were at sea and this offered an opportunity to prepare images and posts, though as it turned out it took some time to get the opportunity to post them.

On the 15th we arrived in Rio Del Plata and our sea voyage of 27 days to Antarctica, the Falklands and the Atlantic coast of Patagonia was at an end.  A very special opportunity it was too, especially as a specifically photographic expedition with only 16 passengers.  We felt in very safe hands with the Russian Captain and crew and all the excursions were very well organised.  Anyone interested in similar expeditions may wish to check out the Aurora Expeditions website.

We had a few hours in Rio Del Plata which is a large modern city.  The city centre had lots of shops as city centres do but it appeared to lack the anarchic charm of some of the Patagonian towns we had visited.

So then, on a bus and off to Buenos Aires.  You may recall the view from the Hotel window in the first post from Buenos Aires and we were heading for the same Hotel.    We arrived at 5pm in rush hour on a Friday night, coming up on the other side of the road.  It was most impressive to see the bus driver come round the big roundabout and force his way across six “lanes” of traffic (no lane markings) to park outside the Hotel on just the other side of the roundabout.

2nd March 2011 – The 38 hour day (Buenos Aires)

Plane left Sydney 11am, 13 hour flight across many timezones, arrived in Buenos Aires 10am. 38 hour day. Wonders of time travel in an aeroplane.

So here is the first image from the trip. We didn’t have much time in BA but we visited Teatro Colon, an Opera House built in the 20th Century to look like it came from the 18th.

There was an impressive ceiling in a huge vestibule..

… and there was an even more impressive ceiling in the main theatre, image above.

On the right, we have a view looking towards the back of the main theatre, taken with an ultra-wide lens.

There was a huge and amazing surrealistic theatre-sculpture on the stage but unfortunately we were not allowed to photograph it. (I had my back to it in the image to the right).

Above is a view of the main theatre from the President’s box

After a very good steak dinner at a city cafe, we returned to the hotel. Here is a night view from our hotel window right in the centre of Buenos Aires.