|Tiled bench and beautiful trees in Plaza España|
|Tiled bench in Plaza España|
|Plaza de la Independencia|
After visiting each of the plazas, we walked to the aquarium, which was new and tiny. I loved it. They had a giant sea turtle rescued just before it froze to death in the waters off the coast of the Buenos Aires province. They also had crocodiles living with turtles, all of whom were surprisingly entertaining to watch.
|My friend the Argentine sea turtle|
|Well that's one way to hitch a ride...|
That afternoon, we did a wine tour that took us to two bodegas (wineries), one industrial-sized and one artisanal, as well as an olive oil factory. All three places had tastings, my favorite being the olive oil (pieces of bread dipped in various kinds of oil, of course. Originally I was a little disgusted, imagining us trying to sip olive oil from a wineglass). All three places were educational and delicious. And the six-year-old Argentinian girl on the tour with her mom and aunt was adorable, although it was a little humbling to realize her Spanish was better than mine.
|A tour of industrial wine-making in Mendoza|
|If only it were full, and a souvenir|
|Wine tasting at an artisanal bodega in Mendoza. Léa and I each a bottle at a crazy low price.|
|Olive oil factory|
After an incredible dinner of steak and paella (guess who chose what...) and Malbec, we turned in for another early night, ready for another early morning!