13.3.12

{The Province of Tucumán} The City and The Countryside, Argentina

 Statue of Liberty, The Province of Tucumán, Tucumán City, Argentina


This is home. The place that makes my heart jump with excitement.  A little bit of everything that I love! 
Of course, I’m back from my vacations, and I wanted to share with you; the second part of my trip. I know some of you have been waiting for this post, and I really appreciate all your beautiful words and thoughts on the comment section. So I hope you enjoy the images that I've captured. The Province of Tucumán,  Argentina.



Argentina or the Argentine Republic {as many of us -Argentinians- call it} it’s a large country and it is politically divided in twenty four provinces.Yes, twenty four. And besides fine architectural style, Tango, Dulce de Leche and a good dose of passion for football- soccer :)  -Every province of Argentina has its own personality and traditions.

Tucumán is located in the northwest of the country and it’s also the smallest province. A strong combination of flat lands and mountains makes the summer 'very summery' {quite warm}. And even more interesting for many foreigners.
 

We called our little province 'El Jardin de la Republica'The Garden of the Republic; because of the abundance and variety of beautiful flowers, trees, mountains, valleys, hills and all kind of vegetation. This attracts many tourists every year, particularly from neighboring provinces. People from the south part of the country like; Buenos Aires, Cordoba and Rosario. 



Yes, the downtown was crowded...


Busy morning. Downtown, Tucuman City.



From The City to The Hills.


I’d grow up surrounded by orange and lemon trees, the smell of flowers and weekend picnics at the foot of the hill. When I was a little girl, my family and I loved going to the San Javier Hill- a small town surrounded by countless green mountains, tranquility and fresh breeze. It just one hour drive from home. 


We used to have merienda -afternoon tea there, mate {Argentinian tea} with white bread sandwiches. It was always an adventure! Walking on the narrow streets around the villa and passing by the pretty little farms, watching horses, chickens and sheep. And gratifying our palates with artisan bread and empanadillas {sweet empanadas filled with sweet potatoes pure} :)


And I’m never tired of watching such amazing landscapes. So, one 'very hot' afternoon, after a succulent lunch with empanadas and asado {Argentinian barbeque} the family, J. and I decided to visit The San Javier Hill. We drove up hill with great excitement and as we drive, we couldn't stop looking at the majestic forest. All shades of green, a feast to our eyes.


We stopped at the artisans fair and bought homemade alfajores and honey. There were a lot of people, walking, eating and having fun. We also toured around the beautiful spa and resort Sol San Javier.   After our long walk throughout the town we just sat down near the Statue of The Cristo Redentor - Christ the Redeemer- to just observe the city from the hill.  
 
My heart was overwhelmed of joy and gratitude to celebrate life, family and love once more.

It was just  the perfect afternoon for us!


Asado {Argentinian Barbeque}with Tomato, Onion, Parsley Salad.


The City view from the San Javier Hill.





 Spa and Resort Sol San Javier.

We had lots of fun and it was wonderful to visit our family and friends. So we can't wait to go back for more. It was a lovely summer full of love and surprises. 

I'll be back with recipes soon.  Wishing you all a colorful week ahead!


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25 comments:

Juliana said...

Oh Aldy, thank you so much for this lovely tour...can you believe that I live in Brazil most of my life and never went to Argentina? I love all the pictures ...again, thank you so much for sharing it.
Hope you are having a wonderful week :)

SavoringTime in the Kitchen said...

Thank you very much for sharing this photos with us Aldy! What a beautiful place. I can see how your heart would jump for joy to see it again. Every photo more lovely than the previous. The food looks wonderful too!

Junia said...

didn't know that little empanadas were called empanadillas! never heard of them filled with sweet potato pure! yum! and your carne asada looks beautiful. how do you make your food look so pretty!!??? glad you had a wonderful time in argentina. i would love to visit one day!

foodtravelandwine said...

Que lindo Aldy!....no conozco Tucuman....pero me he enamorado!!....hermosas fotos!!....que lindo viaje!.....imagino estas con nostalgia....estoy de sorteo por si te interesa....Abrazotes, Marcela

kankana said...

beautiful beautiful photos! So colorful filled with gorgeous light. Who would love to come back from a place like that :)

Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen said...

Wonderful visual tour! I want one of those homemade alfajores.

Ana López Blanco said...

Un gustazo ver estas fotografías. Que tierra más linda. Besos

Mar said...

Aldy me encantó este post, por lo que deduzco que habrás estado en Argentina, me hubiera encantado conocerte, si llegaras a estar de paso por Bs.As, avisame a mi mail, un besito, Mar

Mary said...

What a beautiful place. It's no wonder you love to return. Your photos are wonderful and I loved the tour of your childhood home. Have a great day. Blessings...Mary

Sonia M said...

Ciao Aldy il tuo blog è un piacere per gli occhi e per il palato sono lieta di averti trovata ;)
A presto
Sonia

Maureen said...

OMG I am so glad we met. I started reading this post and as I went along I was hoping it would never end. I love your blog!

Aldy @ Al Dente Gourmet said...

Thanks Beautiful People! I really appreciated all your sweet comments :)

Cristina, from Buenos Aires to Paris said...

Guau !!!!!! "Postazo" !!!!!!
Me encanto todo, yo que no conozco Tucuman....
El señor super elegante que lee el diario (jardin Florido?) (me habian enseñado esa cancion en el cole!) el asado, las empanadas...me iré al spa!!!
Excelente!
Besote,
Cristina

Rosita Vargas said...

Muy precioso una provincia de ensueño conozco muy bien en mis andanzas por Argentina ,me encantó tu recorrido son remembranzas inolvidables,abrazos hugs,hugs.

Mexico in my kitchen said...

Huy, Aldy,

VIeras que mientras disfruto las foto, soy suspiro y suspiro. Que Bello todo, las areas verdes hermosas.

Algun dia volvere a Argentina y disfrutar de esos paisajes otra vez.

Gracias por compartir.

Mely

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

ALDY,

Your photos are one thing....they are BRIGHT, they capture the light and colors of the EMOTION. THEN there is the subject of your artistry: YOUR HOME. MY GOODNESS this is a beautiful place!!! I am guilty myself of always focusing on PARIS, which is a fabulous place, but there are so many other cities of the world that warrant a SECOND LOOK and this is one of them. THANK YOU for this tour of your homestead and the colors and people, the animals and FOOD are just GLORIOUS! And thank you for visiting! Anita

Sonia said...

Hi Aldy,
All the Pictures are looking gorgeous. Thankyou so much for taking us with you on this baeutiful virtual tour. Enjoyed everybit of it and can imagine how much fun and frolic you had on this trip. Have a good day...cheers, sonia

quicks said...

This is just breathtaking. Your photos are so full of life and love. I can not stop looking at them over and over again :-) Seems that you'd a wonderful vacation!

XXX

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

Beautiful countryside and awesome food! Thanks so much for sharing your lovely pictures with us.

Chers,

Rosa

Aldy @ Al Dente Gourmet said...

Thanks Everybody!

HUGS <3

Prieta said...

Ally, these pictures are beautiful! I'm glad you are sharing them with us. I have never been in Argentina but now I want to go!
Hugs

juliana said...

uf! no se puede dejar de mirar y babear en este post! no se q me tento mas; si el asado increible, o las empanadas doraditas y sequitas, los alfajorcitos super caseros... me parece q comeria un poco de cada!

the food dude said...

Beautiful photos, I've always wanted to visit Argentina,it's in my bucket list, Hopefully someday...and that asado looks delicious!

Notas en mi cocina said...

Estupendo post, magníficas fotografías!!!!
Sor argentina y he tenido el gusto de probar estas comidas pero no conozco Tucumán , que hermosa tierra!
BESITOs

Magic of Spice said...

Such a gorgeous post...love these beautiful photos! And that focaccia is just a delight!

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