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                       The sign proclaims "Sharkhunters Welcome Here!"
                        
So in we go with cameras and camcorders in hand

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2010 Argentina - A Modern Hotel for Escaping People of the Reich.
Sharkhunters goes inside for a look!

 
The sign attests to former days of glory   Someone is late picking up their car in the garage
     
 

We arrive in the once magnificent great room with the massive

 

fireplace.  Let your imagination run free - who else was here?

     
           

We come through a rubble strewn inner courtyard

 

and into a room with a view of the lagoon.  Who slept here?

 

 

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Looking up from one balcony to the next and the next....to the roof

 

where we see the two Harrys - Schmidt and Cooper

     
 
The view from the rooftop is magnificent even today, but in
the middle 20th Century, this must have been breathtaking.
  ......and there is the watchtower with a 360 view for miles.
     
 
Looking from the rooftop, devastation is everywhere.   (left) the elevator shaft for that wing of the hotel
(right) motor and elevator mechanism in the tower

     We come off the roof to enter the hotel and explore some more..........

As we enter a corridor, we see the results of the ravages of time - paint is peeling, floors are sagging - but the history is here.  We can feel it.  It is almost a tangible thing.

This hotel as with other historic places we visit, is filled not only with the memories of specific individual people but also of their times, their struggles and in many cases, with the history and struggles of an entire people.  It is so thick we can feel it.

     

There is so much history here - the hotel was built as the war was beginning to turn against Germany.  It was a magnificent place and boasted amenities to be found nowhere else such as air conditioning, elevators and a plastic surgery clinic.


Built by German money; built with such far advanced technology, built approximately 500 miles northwest of Buenos Aires far out in the Argentine wilderness - why?


Photographs of happier times and scenes of old Germany still line the walls.

 
     
 
   


               
                                                     This was seen in the lobby


We depart Miramare, drive three hours or so back to LaFalda for dinner and to bed.  In the morning we go on to the village of Villa General Belgrano, the town where most of the crew of GRAF SPEE settled - we visit the compound they built, tour the town, visit the memorial to the ship and we chat with a fine old gentleman who served aboard that great warship.  Click on the photo below of the ever-present watchtower to travel with us to Villa General Belgrano and back into history.

                    

Driving to Miramare we had an interesting experience.  After unending miles and miles of nothing but pampas, there was a facility to buy gasoline, have lunch and have minor repairs done to your car.  The owners lived in a house behind the place.  We stopped to buy some cold drinks and noticed that all the children playing there had very white skin with bright blond hair and crystal blue eyes; their mother as well.

Okay, click on the photo of the watchtower and let's go to Villa General Belgrano.

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