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    • Day 51–52

      Weiter nach Süden

      January 8 in Argentina ⋅ ☀️ 29 °C

      Jetzt hätten wir beinahe die Kathedrale übersehen 🙈. Wir waren dermaßen auf die Whiskydestille fixiert, dass wir die Sehenswürdigkeiten von Luján zunächst nicht registriert hatten.
      Den Whisky mussten wir in einer Vinothek kaufen, da die Destille nicht zu besichtigen ist. Kein Schaden, denn die Besitzerin zeigt uns einige (sehr) gute und (sehr) teure argentinische Weine. 🫣 Wir haben uns drei Flaschen gegönnt.
      Den lokalen Whisky bekommen wir auch und ein kleines Glas dürfen wir verkosten. Abends (hier schon der Ausblick) probieren wir den Sherry Cask. Unsere Bewertung sage ich nicht, da die Maltheads sich ein eigenes Bild machen sollen.

      Es wäre unverzeihlich gewesen die Kathedrale
      nicht zu besuchen. Luján ist einer der bekanntesten Wallfahrtsorte in Argentinien. Der Dom steht am Kopf eines großen, imposanten Platzes, der tausenden Menschen Platz bietet, wenn Gottesdienste gefeiert werden. Beeindruckend. Den Innenraum schmücken zahlreiche Nebenaltare, insbesondere aber die vielen wunderschönen Fenster. Witzig ist, dass sich die Hunde auch in die kühle Kirche zurückziehen und völlig selbstverständlich schlafen, friedlich.
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    • Day 45


      January 19, 2020 in Argentina ⋅ ⛅ 30 °C

      Our trip started very early on Sunday morning. Marlou and I were picked up by our friends Fabi and Lucas at 9.30 am. There was just enough time for a small breakfast and to quickly pack my bag.

      Why do I always take so much stuff with me? 😆

      We left Buenos Aires and drove about an hour west to the charming city of Luján, the most important place of pilgrimage in the country.

      Many Argentine highways (autopistas) charge a toll fee. The price depends on the size of the vehicle. Payment can be made via an electronic card on the windshield or in cash. We paid in cash. The woman at the counter didn't look very friendly.

      The city of Luján has just over 67,000 residents and is located in the flat pampa area on the Río Luján, which flows into the Río de la Plata at Tigre.

      Like almost all tourists, we only came for the beautiful basilica of Luján. It was built between 1887 and 1930 and is the largest and most important building in the city.

      In the middle of the huge forecourt is a monument dedicated to Manuel Belgrano, an Argentine lawyer, politician, and general. Among other things, he designed the Argentine flag.

      A mass was just being held when we entered the basilica, which is even more beautiful inside.

      Argentina has a lot of strays. I became particularly aware of this during our visit to the basilica, where many were sleeping on the cold floor, safe from the burning sun outside.

      As far as I can tell, most of them are accepted and even fed from the local people. Some look like they actually have a home and a collar, others have wild fur and bad injuries. It always breaks my heart to see these poor little puppies. 😰

      After we left the basilica, we walked to a nearby park. There wasn't much to see or do, so we went back to the car and drove to our next destination: the pulperia in San Antonio de Areco.

      But I will tell you more about that in my next post, part 2 of our Sunday trip ...
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    Luján, Lujan, لوخان، مقاطعة بوينس آيرس, لوخان, Լուխան, ლუხანი, Лухан, ARLUJ, 盧漢

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