During my Rotary International Group Study Exchange (GSE) to Uruguay and Argentina, one of the stops was to the beautiful Concordia, Argentina. Our host family, the Di Lauro’s, showed me and one of my fellow GSE member all the neat spots in the short amount of time we were visiting. One of my favorite stops was to el Castillo San Carlos.
Nothing to shabby about this once magnificent home built in 1888 by Count Eduardo De Machy of France. When I visited this abandoned estate, anyone could walk in and if inspired, climb up to the top floors without anyone disrupting them in mid exploration. However, in 2013 with sheer delight, el Castillo San Carlos was once again restored and made viewable to visitors but under a watchful eye.
Just walking around the property of the estate one is in awe by the beautiful surroundings and views. It is easily understood why Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, aviator and writer, who frequented el Castillo San Carlos was inspired to write a chapter for one of his books “Land of Men” as a result of his experience there. On the property, the Argentinean have placed “The Little Prince” statue in honor of Saint-Exupéry.
Around the property there are several palo borracho (drunken stick) trees. After learning about this tree, it is rather appropriate that it fits with the theme of time. This tree can absorb water and the thick conical prickles also store water especially during the dry times. The tree has come in handy in the past – fibers from bark used for rope, extract from bark was used as a natural dye, and wood was used to build canoes.
I had fun reminiscing about my trip to Argentina and am glad to be sharing my visit to el Castillo San Carlos through this prompt. Check out the other blogs participating in Bastet’s Pixelventures – Time: http://wedrinkbecausewerepoets.com/2014/03/03/bastets-pixelventures-march-3-2014/