Wednesday, October 6, 2021

Canal City: Tigre, Argentina

Have you been enjoying our virtual visits to the beautiful and historical canal cities of Europe and Scandinavia: If you missed last month’s trip to St. Petersburg, Russia, click here ( Today, we’re going to make our way over eight thousand miles south across Europe, the Atlantic Ocean, and most of South America to Argentina to visit the city of Tigre. 
Located on an island forty-five miles outside the Argentine capital, Tigre is situated on the Paraná River delta, the fifth largest delta in the world and the only one that flows into freshwater rather than into the sea. Surrounded by thousands of small islands, bisected and isolated by reed and plant-line inlets, waterways, and canals, the city used to be inundated by the wealthy and well-to-do as an escape from the heat of Buenos Aires. 
Tigre was founded two hundred years ago after floods had destroyed other settlements in the area, and
the name is taken from the “tigres” or jaguars that used to roam there. The majority of original inhabitants were Europeans who came to farm the land, and the port developed as a place to bring fruit and wood from the Delta and ports upstream. After the 1877 yellow fever epidemic in Buenos Aires, visitors flocked to Tigre as a healthful retreat. 
In the center of town, Puerta de Frutas is the main port where the water taxis and boats leave from, and also where the visitor information center is located. A large open-air market offers a wide range of items from furniture to local fruit. The Museo De Arte is a gorgeous Belle Époque building filled with Argentine art, and quaint cafés line the streets. Yet there is a rural aspect to the island with grocery boats, medical boats, and school bus boats for the locals. 
Because of its European roots, British character is heavily evident in the city with Victorian houses and half-timbered mock Tudors. Colorful stilt-houses can be found along the canals and waterways as well as elegant vacation homes, ramshackle fishing huts, and camp-style resorts. Some of the waterways are wide enough for water taxis and private boats, while others thick with pussy willows and ceibo trees accommodate on a single skiff. 
Visitors can choose from local ferry buses used by islanders or more luxurious catamaran tours, but either ride will provide a unique experience in the labyrinthine network of canals, their iron railings and old-timey street lamps evoking the feeling of days gone by. 


Linda Shenton Matchett writes about ordinary people who did extraordinary things in days gone by. A volunteer docent and archivist for the Wright Museum of WWII, Linda is a former trustee for her local public library. She is a native of Baltimore, Maryland and was born a stone’s throw from Fort McHenry. Linda has lived in historic places all her life, and is now located in central New Hampshire where her favorite activities include exploring historic sites and immersing herself in the imaginary worlds created by other authors. Learn more about Linda and her books at

A Family for Hazel:

Can a widowed preacher who must marry to keep his job and an alleged thief find true love?

After the Civil War takes Hazel Markham’s father, and her mother dies of a broken heart, a friend of her parents hires Hazel as a companion. All is well until the woman’s lecherous son takes an interest in his mother’s assistant. When Hazel spurns his advances one too many times, the man frames her for theft, and she is fired. As a last resort she applies to be a mail-order bride, and to her dismay, her groom-to-be is a preacher. Will he believe her claims of innocence or reject her as unacceptable? 
Olav Kristensen has no plans to remarry after being widowed five years ago, but when the church elders give him an ultimatum to find a wife or lose his job, he advertises for a mail-order bride. The woman who arrives attests she was unjustly accused of robbery at her last job, but when his daughter’s heirloom locket goes missing, he is hesitant to believe his bride-to-be. Will he lose his church and a second chance at love?

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  1. Thanks for continuing these posts! It's been lots of fun to see these special places.

  2. I'm glad you're enjoying the posts, Connie. I'm having fun doing the research. I had no idea there were so many canal cities.

  3. Another interesting post, Linda. Thank you for sharing your research.