|Landing just past the Andes is truely something special and a sight for sore and tired eyes. The weather was Winter perfection, a crisp morning with a glowing sun and bright blue skies. Soon in a cab we were passing through pleasant streets; clean and at a relaxed pace...it`s a welcoming atmosphere. Our hostel-like hotel was well located close to a breezy plaza and along a leafy street, and run by an old couple with a playful English Sheepdog puppy already at adult size.
We spent the day walking - starting at Plaza Indepencia, the main park-like square where couple lay and sit on the lawns with eachother just across from a statued fountain display - then to Avenida Sarmiento, a major pedestrian zone hosting a collection of outdoor cafes and the odd specialist wine shop. Turning off this, we were now on San Martin the hustle n` bustle shopping lane.
Pausing to eat we again walked, this time to Plaza España, standing out from the others complete with its imported tiles ladening its paths and benches. Further south we came to the Civic Centre just to clamber our way to the top floor (roof) to see Mendoza from up high and The Andes in the background.
That night we hit a recommended Spanish joint and shared a large portion of a mouth-watering Paella brimming with seafood and chicken.