2013-11-22_Paraguay
Walk in Posadas
Woke up around 10 in the morning, thus the breakfast wasn't available anymore because of the late hour. On the other hand we could leave the backpacks in the hostel and left for a final walk. Breakfast, coffee and medialunas with the sad recognition that today is a public holiday; so our prize were only 2x1 slightly watery coffee and 2x1 slightly dry medialunas.

The description of the buildings and locations on the pictures were translated from the http://www.culturayturismo.posadas.gov.ar page.
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9 de Julio square
It was the urban cemetery until 1871, but this year the government decided to turn it into a public square. The grandiose renovation was assigned to the architect Alejandro Bustillo in 1937. In 1960 based on the plans of two other architects Jorge Pomar and Carlos Alberto Morales the walkway received a completely new look, what can be seen today as well. The square itself is the center of the city in respect of the urban layout, societal and political manners, further you can find typical plants and flowers of the Misiones region as well. The city often organizes celebrations to the square, claims and events with singing, memorials and festivities of joy. You can find the Neoclassical Statue of Liberty as well with The Mother title, created by Francés Bertheleme as a tribute to the Boy from Misiones (Niño Misionero).
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Town hall
It was built on the remains of a sugarcane factory after Governor Don Rudecindo Roca acquired the building. Its style doesn't strictly follow Classic rules but tries to use their harmonic components: it opens with a palace-like facade, has two courtyards in Italian style. The courtyards are surrounded by Corinthian pillars and give sufficient movement of air for the rooms and other closed places in the subtropical climate.

Alas, public holiday, cannot be visited - the security guard denied the entrance at the door.
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The church
The urban church with the name St. Joseph and the Virgin of Candelaria was consecrated in December of 1876. The building (mostly its towers and the closed atrium) was renovated by 1937, Alejandro Bustillo led the job. From architecture point of view the church has a Romantic style (French and Italian), the gates of the facade elevate narrowly thus giving a solid and low-key look. Crosses made of iron close the end of the towers reaching the skies. The church has three bells, one has a Municipalidad de Candelaria dedicada a San José 9 de julio de 1879 inscription: cast in the Trinchera de San José military camp in the July of 1879; the other two was created in 1910. You can see Sergio Ortiz's work in the dome, depicting the Seven Gifts of the Holy Spirit. The organ was built in 1960 by the German SEBALD company, and began to play music from 1963. Only 3 more organs like this exist in Argentina.
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Casa La Fuente
This one-storeyed urban villa was built in 1929 and calls the attention with its semi-urban, semi-rural construction, shady garden and Eclectic, Andalusian-Italian Renaissance style.

Originally it served the purpose of housing, in 1945 it gave place for the German consulate. During wartimes the house was hit and the balustrade and the roof were completely destroyed; their repair so far hasn't happened yet. Currently gives home for the local delegation of the Armada of Argentina.
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Hotel Ideal
As one can see, it's an inactive hotel. This typical small, jewel-type hotel was built in Eclectic style with strong French-Baroque influences. The curves of the hotel enhance the strong French style, the balconies, corbels and balustrade send imposing impression. Behind the doors one can find an oval Baroque garden with a fountain in the middle.

Closed too, clearly under construction. You can enjoy the pearls of the building likely way better during the winter, without the green tree.
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Apple boutique.
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Pedestrian streets
The posadeño (demonym for the citizens of Posadas) center. The constructions finished in 2005 and changed the ambience of the neighborhood, made the bars, coffee shops, restaurants and various stores more popular and easily accessible.

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Square of José de San Martín
Received its name in the August 1883 after the general, and the horse sculpture was inaugurated on 24th of August 1935.

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38.5 degrees Celsius.
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12 hours 12 minutes.
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Roque Pérez lodge
It was inaugurated in 1926. The characteristics of the building attracted as much attention as the secrets around the members of the society. The building mixes Eclectic and Classic backgrounds (Doric pillars and Frieze items on the facade) with joining Neobaroque style (the round reliefs and the triangular gablets are the symbols of the lodge). All elements of the building follow a T-shape, the black and white ceiling made of marble with diagonal patterns for example, further the colours as well bear symbolic meaning: from the white clouds to the Florentine red.
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Sociedad Española de Socorros Mutuos (Spanish Society of Mutual Funds)
It was built in 1930, the curves of the facade clearly shows the Spanish-Baroque impact, standing out from the facade. These funds were established to give help for its sick or foreign members.
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Midtime meal
Lunchtime in an Italian restaurant, luring the people inside with home-made pasta. The ham-mushroom topping wasn't quite astonishing but the pasta was indeed homemade.
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Since we had time, walked to an another coffee shop where the drink was fortunately better than the morning one + ice cream.
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Hotel again, half hour of relaxing, then headed toward the bus terminal with the luggage.
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Again toward Buenos Aires
Returning back to the capital at 6:28pm.
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Dinner: tomato filled with minced meat, rice, bakery stuff, two slices of ham and an unidentified vanilla pudding.
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Conclusion
Arrival to the capital on Monday morning, a usual cumbia party welcomes the people who try to get into the city, but we successfully made it. Then the Bus 152 took James Bond to his flat, he picked up his elegant apparel from his boudoir and left to the office.

1.5 days
If we calculate the days very tightly, I think this was my most expeditious travel in Argentina: the net amount of available time was from 9am on Saturday to 6pm on Sunday. Therefore it would be a tremendous overkill the start essays. Nonetheless travelwise in this very short two days three Argentine and two Paraguayan Jesuit reductions of the World Heritage made to my traveller list, what makes me satisfied. Noting Paraguay, I quite surely would be humiliated in an Uruguayan quiz, but I wouldn't even register for a Paraguayan one because outside of the interiors of the buses, the cobbles of the Downtown in Encarnación, the menu of Vicio's and ... well ... the mystique of crossing the border, I couldn't answer any other questions.

Kind-of-Conclusion: the expenses were already detailed, I don't remember the accommodations but the rates surely can be found on their websites, so were the price tags of the meals and the entrance fees, thus with an elegant sword thrust I close the conclusion hereby as well.

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