We are having such a peaceful start to our time in Jose Ignacio! We are here in the off season and it is quiet here, there is not too much to do, which is kind of the point and a drastic change from our busy city life in Buenos Aires. It actually took me a few days to adjust here, I was a little worried that we had timed it all wrong! But after speaking with some locals, they assured us that this is the best time in Jose Ignacio, when all of the craziness dies down and the weather is perfect and only the most fabulous restaurants remain open. Here are just a few images from our first week. Pictured below is Lucie chowing down on a medialuna and a chocolate milk before takeoff to Montevideo. The flight was only 45 minutes long, maybe less, so it was a breeze, thank goodness!
Here's our first walk on the beach. We are staying in rental in a private club called Club de Mar. It's within walking distance from the town (we can walk to this lighthouse in the distance) and has the club amenities like chairs and umbrellas and a lifeguard, which is lovely.
Here's our first Limonada con mentha y jenjibre (lemonade with mint and ginger)...yummy! We have been sampling these all over Buenos Aires and our loved our first frozen pitcher at La Huella
. (Do click on this hyperlink, this restaurant is off the charts!!!)
Some days we meet Steph for lunch at the restaurant for ceviche and lemonade while the kids play in the sand, it is so lovely! And they have wifi so Steph can be in touch with his office.
Our beach house ROCKS! We are loving this breezy, bright home and have made ourselves comfortable here! Our favorite things are the fire pit on the back porch and the view of the ocean! There are not a lot of bugs or mosquitos either so we can open the doors and let the breeze in.
It rained on our second and third day here, which was kind of a bummer but it didn't stop us from exploring! We went to the lighthouse and climbed on the rocks and dug holes in the sand.
The kids spent a lot of time in the hot bath with all of G's superheros and we cuddled up inside for some shows on tv. Here is Graham's Christmas list that he made for me (below).
Of course back to La Huella
for some more yummy treats!!!
Fast forward to the future....these two were dancing and laughing at each other while pretending to drive. I have it on video.
Natch, Lulu making sure all of the dogs are taken care of in Jose Ignacio. She is drawn to each and every one of them and will also make sure I am quiet if she stumbles upon one sleeping.
We have been going to Playa Mansa for sunset. There is a little beach bar set up by a boutique hotel, Posada Del Faro
right on the beach, as well as a ton of kids playing. Steph and I get caipirinhas while the kids run around and get tired.
Make sure you check out my next post about horse back riding at Haras Godiva
I am falling hard for this chic little town, it's like Wyoming and Malibu in one! You can go to an estancia and ride horses at 9am and be on the beach by 11am....I love how close the ranches are to the playa! We took the kids to Haras Godiva
for a little horse back riding and it was so incredibly cute, I took them back a second time. I think I might take them again next week. It happens that the manager of the estancia, Paulina, has kids our age so she was so good with them and knew exactly how much or how little they could tolerate. We both agreed that 10-15 minutes is the perfect amount of time for a 2 and 3 year old. I could not believe how relaxed G and Lulu were on their horses, Brownie and Altos. They loved it! For the second lesson, they did a few exercises like lifting their hands in the air and playing Simon Says and they had so much fun! They also love feeding the horses afterward and eating sugar cookies. If you ever find yourself in this part of the world, I highly recommend Haras Godiva
! Lovely experience all around!
A lot of people asked me how we picked South America...well, honestly, simply because it was in the approximate same time zone as the USA! When we arrived we were only 2 hours ahead in Buenos Aires. As I type this, we are 1 hour ahead. This allowed for some lazy mornings with the kids and lots more time with Dad, it was a real treat! Steph didn't walk into work until around 10:30-11am, which would be 8:30-9am EST. Here are a few pics from our special mornings with Steph. We would lounge a lot, have breakfast in the apartment and walk Steph to work, stopping for medialunas and coffee along the way. Then we would go straight to the playground and then head back home for a little rest. Once our nanny Juli arrived, I would go out exploring to a new cafe or museum....then come back for a quick shower/change, some time with the kids and then out to dinner with Steph. Loved our schedule so much!!!
Just a few random shots from our apartment in Palermo! It was awesome!!! This was our big splurge since we knew we would be doing a lot of lounging here with kids at nap time.
Just a few pics about town from one of our many weekends in Buenos Aires...captioned below:
Walk to brunch!
Checking out some of the street art, Graham thought the image (below) was of John Henry, one of his favorite books. We stopped and stared at this one for a while.
Looking for some superheros to add to our collection. (aka bribes for Graham to be on his best behavior...nothing wrong with that, right?)
Lulu-cita at brunch...can't even believe this big girl.
One of the few images of me in South America. Here we are eating a passionfruit cheesecake (had to try it, it was in my guide book) at Malvon
. We also sampled the Limonda con mentha y jenjibre (lemonade with mint and ginger) that they serve EVERYWHERE in Buenos Aires...best ever! YUM!!!
We went to the parks of Palermo on this particular day....
And took a boat ride on the lagos....
This was on another day at the park near our home called Plaza Serrano, it was literally steps from our front door, which was wonderful.
Here are the kids enjoying the Evita Museum...of course we ran through this museum at lightning speed. When I arrived they were both asleep in the stroller so I was hopeful I could walk through and enjoy it for myself but then they woke up and we sped through there. At least I got to see some of Evita's beautiful clothing. I wasn't allowed to take a picture, however.
Caught these cute little pups on a walk home one day, I thought this was so cute! I just could not get enough of all of the dog walkers!
Graham got his curls cut off! My heart broke a bit but he needed it!
Here is G hitting up one of the many playgrounds in the city....
Found a new little superhero at a Kiosco...I am not sure who is more excited, Steph or Graham...
Kids on the rooftop!