The streets of Mendoza

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Flower stalls on the pedestrian walkway up San Martin, Mendoza.

Spent today wandering around the streets of Mendoza, before leaving on the night bus to Cordoba.  Our legs actually aren´t too bad, but the bottoms are a bit tender when we sit on a hard surface!  We walked up to the top of the old town to the Foundational Musuem, which is built over the remains of the old cabildo.  You get a good look at the old floor works and the different layers of soil and building work, and there is a good display about early Mendoza.  Most of the exhibits are in Spanish, but the odd sign has some English translation.  For some reason, we didn´t have to pay, so got a bit of a bonus here.  Nearby are the ruins of the San Francisco Church, but they are so covered in scaffolding you really can´t see very much.

A colonial view of the social heirarchy, at the museum - King at the top, local indigenous at the bottom, with everyone else in between.
  Much of Mendoza was destroyed in an earthquake in 1861, and the museum had an interesting exhibition of photos showing what the town looked like just afterwards.  We walked back down along the Parque O`Higgins and across in the centre to a small modern art musuem.  It had an exhibition of women sculptors, but not much else, so don´t think it was the main one we were actually looking for (and didn´t find).  After a short walk back to Las Heras, we had a coffee in Havanna and a Big Mac meal (OK, we all crave junk every now and then!) then had a quick look at the dioramas between 25 de Mayo and Peru.  They were little boxes on stands, with models within depicting the life of Las Heras over the ages.  They were quite kitsch, but interesting in their own way.
A local breadmaker with his wood-fired stove, on the street at the top of Parque O´Higgins, Mendoza.
  Had a wander through the artesan stalls in Plaza Independencia, but seeing the same things over and over again now, so not that exciting.

Had our first brush with crime tonight.  While waiting for the bus to leave at 10.15pm, we were approached by a couple asking for directions.  We stupidly turned to help them and were very lucky that their accomplice was very clumsy and the racket he made falling over attracted our attention to the fact that he had one of our backpack´s in his hands!  A quick yell from Melissa scared him off, and before we knew it, all of them had disappeared into the crowds.  It was a lucky escape for us, and a reminder that we always need to be vigilant and not let our guard down.

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