This thread is for people who want to share experiences, photos and videos about their trips.
So far we've only had posts about trips in the United Kingdom, United States, Canada and Spain, so I thought I'd share a few pictures of trips I did in Argentina a few years ago (all pictures were taken by me).
These photos are from the Western/Northwestern Argentine provinces of San Juan, La Rioja and Catamarca. They are mostly at the foot (or sometimes above) of the Andes range, where the climate is arid and the altitude is very high. All of these photos were taken in altitudes ranging 2500 mts. (8,000 ft) to 5000 mts. (16,400 ft) above sea level:
Hey, Grumpy! Unbelievable, awesome photo's. It’s a gorgeous fantasy land, many different terrains. And colors, 5th photo from bottom. That a dormant volcano, 11th photo down? And animals - flamingos? What's the bird strutting on the road? Many different variations of Llama's in that posse.
(Uh. Are those Nieve's parents working on creating her? )
(Uh. Are those Nieve's parents working on creating her? )
Yeah, they have to provide many people around the world with little llamas like Nieve so they do that a lot, haha. The guide that we hired (and took in my father's pick up truck) said that it was an extremely unusual sight as they are usually very reserved when mating.
Yeah, the places were hard to believe were real. Some looked like from another planet, some others like valleys out of the dinosaurs era.
On the 11th photo down, your geology knowledge is pretty solid, my friend, that is indeed a dormant volcano. It's called the San Francisco and at 6.012 metres above sea level it's supposed to be the smallest six-thousander in the Andes. There's even another small red volcano on it's slope. The pink birds are flamingos, yes, and the strutting bird is an altitude relative of the ostrich named suri.
As for the camelids, in those pictures there are llamas (the ones which are many, wooly and of different colours, lying on the ground), vicuñas (a camelid that only can be found in very high altitude, like the one who's crossing the road and the one on the side of a hill) and guanacos (a bigger and more violent species, the baby that's lying on the ground). The only species missing here would be alpacas.
The best therapy for any problem you might have is playing music with friends.
Speaking of goings on, trust you to spot the llama love-in
I'm like Cupid, everywhere I go free love starts flourishing like flowers in spring. And pretty much like Cupid, I get hardly ever included in the party.
Those are vicuñas, a wild species of camelid (as opposed to llamas which are domestic) that live over 3,500 metres above sea level and which got very close to extiction a couple of decades ago because their skin is extremely fine and expensive. As you can see, they aren't losing time in recovering the species' numbers.
Right, this is in the way of an introduction, a test (of photo size) and a tip. The tip is, when you visit Venice via Marco Polo airport you should always try to sit on the right hand side of the plane, because as you come in to land you have an amazing aerial view of the city
Edit: Woo! It worked! More to follow tomorrow. You can't believe how titchy it looks from the air though, when you're there and criss-crossing alleyways and bridges it seems a whole lot bigger.
Last Edit: Jan 29, 2017 23:12:33 GMT by unomusette
It's all good entertainment, it doesn't cost a penny
Timeblue: Love The Carpenters...
Apr 13, 2019 12:37:27 GMT
eloneen: I love The Carpenters, too, but their version of the song is too proper to capture its spirit. The original by Hank Williams is great, but this one by local musicians is fab. www.youtube.com/watch?v=dza8IIEq2Ek
Apr 13, 2019 15:56:42 GMT
vlogdance: Just wrote "midnight blue" in work. It's these little moments that make working on weekends worthwhile
Apr 13, 2019 16:24:57 GMT
Helmut83: Great version, eloneen. The fiddler totally killed it. The guy on the harmonica did a great job too.
Apr 14, 2019 20:04:16 GMT
eloneen: Helmut83 The fiddler is Michael Doucet, leader of the Cajun band Beausoleil. They've been around for about 30 years and they're a lot of fun. I'm not as familiar with Lazy Lester, but he's talented, too, from what we can see in the video.
Apr 14, 2019 21:41:42 GMT
eloneen: In the official lyrics to the song, it says fillet gumbo, but the reference is to filé gumbo ( filé = ground sassafras leaves, used to thicken and flavor the broth of that type of gumbo), which is delicious! I have some filé in my spice cabinet.
Apr 14, 2019 21:46:14 GMT
orioles70: you're making me hungry, eloneen - just finished filing my Mother's taxes (not a fun weekend activity), but on to better things
Apr 14, 2019 21:56:30 GMT
eloneen: orioles70 Hubby just finished our taxes, too. No money left now for gumbo, but I can offer you some leftover jambalaya! Kitchen's open! Pull up a chair and have some! ::t1103::
Apr 14, 2019 22:00:49 GMT
eloneen: I just did a quick check on Wikipedia. Beausoleil's been around since the mid 1970s, making great music from the bayous! ::smileys-thumbs-951446::
Apr 15, 2019 1:19:57 GMT
eloneen: Notre Dame Cathedral is on fire. It looks like it will be completely destroyed. Such a tragedy! ::m1506:: Such an amazing, iconic structure being lost!
Apr 15, 2019 18:44:26 GMT
Horacewimp: It’s heartbreaking seeing the pictures of it on fire
Apr 15, 2019 18:45:53 GMT
vlogdance: People crying in the streets, says an eyewitness speaking to the BBC. An awful, shocking sight.
Apr 15, 2019 19:34:39 GMT
vlogdance: (The fire, that is, not the Parisians - not surprised they're devastated.)
Apr 15, 2019 19:35:17 GMT
unomusette: I thought it was some kind of spoof when I first saw it on Twitter, what a terrible tragedy
Apr 15, 2019 20:16:56 GMT
Helmut83: What a pity. Those things are gone and gone forever. You can rebuild it all you want but the new parts won't have many centuries of history.
Apr 15, 2019 21:47:20 GMT
eloneen: I've been to Paris about a dozen times, and I plan to go back this summer. Each time, I've stopped at Notre Dame. I'm glad I was able to take my son and some of my students to see Notre Dame while it was still standing. The city will never be the same.
Apr 15, 2019 22:20:12 GMT
eloneen: Right now it looks like Notre Dame is only partially destroyed. It remains to be seen how much of it is still structurally sound in the aftermath of this tragedy. Fortunately, no loss of human life.
Apr 16, 2019 1:20:33 GMT
orioles70: it's going to take decades to rebuild and some of the craftsmanship will be impossible to duplicate, on the other hand they could make it stronger and more fire resistant if they use modern building methods. Do they aim for an exact restoration or not?
Apr 16, 2019 12:02:36 GMT
BIuebird: It's so devastatingly sad. I hope they will be able to restore it.
Apr 16, 2019 13:47:58 GMT