{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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