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Bob Frassinetti, art and antique dealer ........

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Bob Frassinetti, art and antique dealer and free lance journalist from Argentina, Buenos Aires, working on the web, writing both for pleasure and work on art, antiques and collectibles, in and on Buenos Aires, Argentina as well are neighbouring countries, Chile and Uruguay. "I've written for several Travel Adventure, Art & Antiques Magazines on and off the web and have researched Toys made here in Argentina, as well as Travel Adventure from Route 40 and Lighthouse Adventures along the Atlantic and Pacific coast,........ Travelling for Art and Antiques" Buenos Aires, Argentina 2008

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San Telmo Vegtable & Antiques Market Place

Without a doubt we could mark with cross this location as the heart of one of Buenos Aires oldest and most interesting quarters christened after a very famous and beloved priest Saint Peter Gonzalez Telmo.

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The historic Buenos Aires and San Telmo neighborhood is very small, limiting to the following streets and avenues Chile, Piedras, Caseros , Defensa, Martin Garcia, Paseo Colon, Brasil and Ing. Huergo.

San Telmo Vegtable & Antiques Market Place

This outstanding San Telmo Market was built back in 1897 by the famous architect Juan Antonio Buschiazzo. Combining a typically modern Italian fa¿ade with a more English styled inside made in iron and glass, the San Telmo Market place is not only a tourist sight and trade mark -this is the last monument of it's kind... but an ode to our past and traditions there are no further market buildings currently working as products markets in the city.

The construction of this gorgeous building expresses a very particular and special time in Argentina's history, for in 1880 Buenos Aires is finally declared the nation's capital city, and soon after this turning point in our history, BA' mayor, Torcuato de Alvear begins to carry on the ambitious modernization of the city. Architect Juan Antonio Buschiazzo will play a crucial role both in the public administration and the construction and architectural field designing modern Market places, hospitals, public buildings, churches, cemeteries and particular buildings...

The architectural technique chosen by this fabulous architect for the San Telmo market combines the hygienist proposal -so famous back then- with the advantages of modernism and it's new material inputs. It can be appreciated from the inside of the market that the main concept that guided the construction was sanitation and hygiene, there are no inside walls, instead, a strong and gorgeous iron structure blended with glass creates a spacey environment. The outside fa¿ade's main focus it's a huge arch at the entrance -which exhibits a true Tuscany style at the arched main door benefiting from the building's highest point. This design is projected inside the building, through the various iron arches, transformed and methamorphed into a spacey multifunctional interior.

With a traditional eclectic feel typical from Buenos Aires the San Telmo market is a worldwide known tourist attraction for it's architecture as well as antique market. However the greatness of this Market is that within it's walls one gets one of a kind vintage items at the same time we can shop our daily groceries and stop for a quick lunch at the fabulous North-west Argentinean-Bolivian bistro... a glass of wine and their fantastic potato omelet is a must!

Ocupying almost a whole block the market limites to the north with the intersection of Carlos Calvo and Bolivar St. and to the south with Estados Unidos and Defensa St. the Market opens Tuesday thru Sundays from 10 am to 7 pm.

San Telmo Vegtable & Antiques Market Place, Image Gallery. This outstanding San Telmo market was built back in 1897 by the famous architect Juan Antonio Buschiazzo. Combining a typically modern Italian façade with a more Enghlish styled inside made in iron and glass, the San Telmo Market place is not only a tourist sight and trade mark –this is the last monument of it’s kind… but an ode to our past and traditions there are no further market buildings currently working as products markets in the city. With a traditional eclectic feel typical from Buenos Aires the San Telmo market is a worldwide known tourist attraction for it’s architecture as well as antique market. However the greatness of this Market is that within it’s walls one gets one of a kind vintage items at the same time we can shop our daily groceries and stop for a quick lunch at the fabulous North-west Argentinean-Bolivian bistro… a glass of wine and their fantastic potato omelet is a must! Located at the intersection of Carlos Calvo and Bolivar St. the Market opens Tuesday thru Sundays from 10 am to 7 pm.

Bob Frassinetti, Buenos Aires, Argentina

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My personal experience on the Big Island of Chiloe

From Chile's Mainland paradises to its insular magic and heaven: A trip to Chiloe My personal experience on the Big Island of Chiloe

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Riding the ferry that links Chile's mainland with the Great Island of Chiloe

is just an amazing experience. However, if it's raining when you do so, the journey becomes a religious experience. Raindrops altering the crystalline peacefulness of the Pacific Ocean emerald waters, prepare the scenario for a

brilliant spectacle of sea wolves swimming by the edge of the ship, along them, an underwater forest of yellowish seaweeds that simulate an endless mermaid hair, provide the finishing touches of a mind blowing picturesque experience.

Ancud bay is our port of arrival. The landscape there resembles to nothing I've ever seen in South America , and I have travelled a lot.

It's just a "bit like England" within the "New World". Yes, one thing in
common to Chiloe, is English weather of Chiloe. Its much like being at home,
I lived in the UK and getting there made me feel a bit home sick ...... So I
feeling very much at home for the whole time I was staying on the Island,
full of fields and cows grazing, land worked for the hay, small pkots with
very green hedges......

So one can say that Chiloe is famous, however, for a few more things that
you don't have in England, the food, the people, the wooden churches, small
villages plenty pf villages across the island.

Ancud is a gorgeous bay where the social spot par excellence is the Port,
the place where local people work, gather for a drink or to chat and enjoy a
wonderful view, and specially the best place to eat some
of the local treats. As the evening began to cape the blue-gray sky the
rainy day had left us with, we sat at a table -that would soon become our
regular table- to enjoy a treat of local fish and a wonderful Chilean White
wine.

As the evening went on, the sky mutated into a deep bluish black lightened
by millions of bright stars and a full moon casting its light over the port
area turned those deep waters silver. We headed back to our hotel, the day
was exhausting and we wanted to enjoy the early morning light for our day
tour.

The next morning, under a fine rain we woke up and got ready to go and visit

the Island's lighthouse. Christened Faro Corona -Crown Lighthouse-, this
construction is some 2 hours car drive from the center of the city. The ride

is just as amazing as the lighthouse itself. It's amazing how gorgeous the
scenario is in this island. I just can't seem to get over its surprising
beauty.

After a couple of days of total relaxation and nature bonding in Ancud, we
leave this heavenly town for another gorgeous location: Castro.

Castro is not only a small very interesting city but also the Island's
capital. Along the Bay front there are famous local constructions are made
atop "palafitos" (pillars), which is a very interesting way to live and work
together with the constant tide movement, which if not addressed properly
would make life very complicated with constant floods.

Walking throughout Castro makes me recall upon my days -back in the 60s- in
Guyana where I used to live at the time it has a Welsh feel to it, may be
because of the intense green hills and constant rain which might make them
share a similar magic.

Without a doubt I find Castro to be a wonderful lost in time spot. I'm
enjoying already its treats.

There's an amazing way in which Castro has managed to blend the old and the
new, its traditions and spectacular insular architecture with the edgy
proposal of the Museum of Modern Art located in Castro's municipal park add
an extra flavor to this gorgeous town of multicolor houses atop wooden
pillars, wonderful Jesuit churches and spectacular cuisine.

Talking of which, our night out in town was a total success: we enjoyed a
superbly well prepared Pisco Sour, the national drink of Chile, with our
treats of Seafood: Abalones with Mayonnaise (Locos con Mayo) which is one of

Chile's national dishes, and it's done with exceptional quality and
expertise and fried Congrio- Conger Eel fish, also a local delicatessen.

During our stay in Castro we enjoyed daily great treats of the Chilean and
Insular cuisine, specially their traditional seafood dishes which we adored.

The days to follow will find us in Gorgeous Chonchi. Like all our previous
stops, this location has that fisherman-peasant insular feel to the town,
atop with an extra flair added because of the intense mapuche culture
influence.

Our visit to the national Park of and the Pacific coast was very special,
the icing of the cake was the outstanding sunset we got to enjoy at the
peer: The ocean was gorgeously decorated with many Salmon Fishing boats of
the local fishermen as the sun hid we chose to enjoy a portside dinner in
our favorite table, with our favorite drink: Pisco sour and try one of the
local specialties: sea soup, which is a rich fish and seafood dish.

Following the southern stretch of the Pan American route #5 Chonchi is a
truly must. Nice and quiet, Chonchi is the main gate to the great lake area
which we happily explored and discovered to be outstanding.

Queilen was our briefest stop, we only spent a day of
Sightseeing the beaches and bay and peacefulness walking along its beaches
for hours and hours,
visiting it's cute and small and rather not interesting lighthouse but
enjoying some time alone with the silence of Nature's beauties.

Quellon, via Chonchi, was our last stop before returning to Chilean
mainland. an immense Salmon fishing port though a tiny town, very
picturesque and nice. An important port that also servers as an entrance or
exit to the Island and a door to the extreme south Patagonia of
Chile......... I will as time permits carry on giving suggestions and ideas
to some of the places I visited or have heard about as time permits me. As
my conclusion for this Big Island of Chiloe, is a place to get back to and
enjoy before the said progress of prosperity arrives...... Cheers to you all
and I hope I have been of some help, Bob Frassinetti. Buenos Aires,
Argentina.

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Travel by Train in Argentina

‘La Trochita’ Steam Train is worldly famous because it is the only narrow gauge track train in the world that’s still functioning, featuring American and German Machines

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An image is worth more than a thousand words…

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This is part of a story of an amazing journey thru the South of the South. In and around the Patagonia of Argentina and Chile, the Big Island of Chiloe and the famous Route 40 that we’ve discovered and documented during these wonderful journeys.

This time we’ve head south to travel in one of the World’s Oldest Working trains: La Trochita. This Steam Engine Train that dates back from 1922, and runs thru the Argentine Patagonian Lands.

It has been a lifetime journey, and I thought I’d document it since it’s quite an experience. Taking upon the challenge of the new technologies our world has to offer at this moment I created this short video with the aid of my PC Sony Ericson iP990, quite an accomplishment considering it's seize. It’s been filmed “al natural”, in real time, hand cam and the beauty of nature to delight us…

The music is by Julian Rodriguez a talented young Musician who recently graduated from

CAEMSA Center of High Musical Studies which is linked to the famous Berklee College of Music in academic terms. Julian specially created the music to suit this short documentary.

Something more on this Steam Train from 1922.....

In the Patagonian southern lands of Argentina train lovers from around the world can find what has come to be a railways icon: The Old Patagonian Express, still running today on narrow gauge tracks only 29.5 inches wide.
The Old Patagonian Express was commissioned in 1945 and was affectionately christened by the locals as 'La Trochita' because its narrow tracks.

Until 1993 it was used as a welfare train and ran from Esquel up to Ingeniero Jacobaci in Rio Negro province, and today it is one of the major tourist attractions still running and providing its passengers with an outstanding panoramic view of a magical area of nature and history. 'La Trochita' has, after nearly a half a century, become a national historic monument of the Argentine Patagonian steppes.

According to the historical reconstruction, the Argentine Government requested for 50 Henschel Locomotives and 25 Baldwyn Locomotives to be delivered to Patagonia Light Railways in 1922. Originally manufactured by both firms to be able to be adapted to petrol combustion in stead of coal, these locomotives also feature a heavier weight that the average in these sorts of machines in order to improve its pulling capacity. This unique feature has allowed these locomotives to keep on functioning using all its original features until today: steam engine powered by paraffin petrol supplied by the El Maiten Railway Workshops, where the experts work upon the original blueprints and jealously keep this amazing train as close to the original 1922 version as possible.

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Art and Light, Lighthouses

Art and Light, Lighthouses in Buenos Aires and Punta Medanos, Argentina.

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Video Description
Lighthouses found in Buenos Aires and along the Argentinean Coastline Documentary Idea by Bob Frassinetti
Video Film made by Julian Rodriguez and Juan Pablo Baño

Part One in Buenos Aires and Medanos Point Argentina

More Video Clips as soon as I can upload them, Bob Frassinetti

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