Mendoza....fourth largest city of Argentina. But wait, didn't I tell everybody I would be in Muscat for Christmas? Most of you probably thought that I had spent my holidays in Oman, riding camels. But no, shortly before we made our booking final C got the chance to spend a couple of weeks in Malargüe at the Pierre Auger Observatory for cosmic rays (http://www.auger.org/). So off we went to Argentina to spend at least Christmas together. We stayed a couple of days in Mendoza before C left for Malargüe.
This is a view of Mendoza from our hotel window; quite nice with the Andes in the background, isn't it?
This piece of art reminds you quite distinctly that Mendoza is first and foremost a wine cultivation area. There is probably the very popular Malbec wine in this barrel and someone had mercy and shot it. You can tell, I am no fan of Malbec wine. Even the French, and Malbec originated in the Bordeaux area, used Malbec only for blending ... or vinegar ....or probably tourists.
But back to the parks of Mendoza. The largest one is the Parque San Martin with a large artificial lake in the middle. With the views of the mountains it is quite beautiful, don't you think?
and just for the fun of it, a close-up:
M was happy because there are a lot of really old