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    Ypacarai Lake

    by andal13 Written May 4, 2004

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    "Una noche tibia nos conocimos
    junto al lago azul de Ypacaraí.
    Ibas tú cantando por el camino
    bellas melodías en guaraní..."

    This is the first stanza of a popular song ("A warm night we met close to the blue lake of Ypacarai; you were singing along the way beautiful songs in Guarani..") The blue lake of Ypacarai is not situated in Asuncion, but 35 Km far from the capital; I post it here because this lake is the favourite place to spend weekends and summertime for the people of Asuncion. The closest town is San Bernardino, a beautiful spa, where you can find nice houses, clubs, restaurants and pubs; all kind of watersports can be practiced there.

    El lago azul de Ypacaraí no está situado en Asunción, sino a 35 Km de la capital; lo publico aquí porque es el lugar preferido por los asunceños para pasar sus fines de semana y sus veranos. El poblado más cercano al lago es San Bernardino, un hermoso balneario, en donde pueden encontrar lindas casas, clubes, restaurantes y pubs; todo tipo de deportes acuáticos pueden practicarse allí.

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    Cathedral

    by andal13 Updated May 4, 2004

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    The Cathedral is a simple but nice building, situated in front of Independencia Square. It was founded in 1845, so this means that it is not the original Cathedral (Asuncion was founded in 1537).
    I visited the Cathedral during the Black Friday, so the atmosphere inside the church was very special.

    La Catedral es un edificio simple pero bonito, situado frente a la Plaza Independencia. Fue fundada en 1845, por lo que no se trata de la Catedral original (Asunción fue fundada en 1537).
    Visité la Catedral durante un Viernes Santo, por lo que el ambiente dentro de la iglesia era muy especial.

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    Heros' Square

    by andal13 Written May 4, 2004

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    Plaza de los Héroes (Heros' Square) is not one square, but four (each one is a block). This is the very heart of the city, and it is a nice place, although the whole is a little bit ecclectic.
    The picture shows the monument to Juan O'Leary, a Paraguayan writer.

    Plaza de los Héroes no es una plaza, sino cuatro, (cada una ocupa una manzana). Es el corazón de la ciudad, y es un lugar lindo, aunque el conjunto resulte un poquito ecléctico.
    La foto muestra el monumento a Juan O'Leary, un escritor paraguayo.

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    Independence Square

    by andal13 Written May 4, 2004

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    Plaza Independencia (Independence Square) is a beautiful and wooded square, situated close to the river; it is an ideal place to have a cool rest from the heat of Asuncion.

    Plaza Independencia es una plaza hermosa y arbolada, situada cerca del río; es un sitio ideal para descansar del calor de Asunción.

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    Elisa Lynch's House

    by andal13 Written May 4, 2004

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    Elisa Lynch was a fascinating woman, who played an important role in the history of Paraguay; loved and hated, this Irish woman was the mistress Marshall Francisco Solano Lopez, and followed him to the Guerra de la Triple Alianza (Triple Alliance War).
    Her house was the see of the Law College until 1999.
    Unfortunately, the house was closed when I was there (but actually I do not know if it can be visited).

    Elisa Lynch fue una mujer fascinante, que jugó un papel importante en la historia de Paraguay; amada y odiada, esta irlandesa era la compañera del Mariscal Francisco Solano López, a quien siguió en la Guerra de la Triple Alianza.
    Su casa fue la sede de la Facultad de Derecho hasta 1999.
    Desafortunadamente, la casa estaba cerrada cuando estuve allí (pero realmente no sé si se puede visitar).

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    Heros' National Pantheon

    by andal13 Written May 4, 2004

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    This impressive building houses the remains of several Paraguayan heros (Don Carlos Antonio Lopez, Marshall Francisco Solano Lopez, Marshall Jose Felix Estigarribia, among others).
    The construction reminds Les Invalides in Paris.
    Unfortunately it was closed when I visited the place (it was Black Friday).

    Este imponente edificio alberga los restos de varios héroes paraguayos (Don Carlos Antonio López, el Mariscal Francisco Solano López, el Mariscal José Félix Estigarribia, entre otros).
    La construcción recuerda Les Invalides de París.
    Lamentablemente estaba cerrado cuando visité el lugar (era Viernes Santo).

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    The Senate Building

    by andal13 Written May 4, 2004

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    Asuncion is a quite ancient city, with some beautiful colonial buildings; the Senate building is a modern (almost futurist!) building, which stands up as some kind of flying saucer.
    This building was inaugurated in 2003, and the government of Taiwan donated 18 millions of dollars to its construction.

    Asunción es una ciudad bastante antigua, con algunos hermosos edificios coloniales; el edificio del Senado es una construcción moderna (casi futurista!), que se destaca como una especie de platillo volador.
    Este edificio fue inaugurado en 2003, y el gobierno de Taiwan donó 18 millones de dólares para su construcción.

    Is that an UFO?

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    Government Palace

    by andal13 Written May 4, 2004

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    The Government Palace is known as "Casa de Lopez" (Lopez's House), because it was Francisco Solano Lopez's house, who ordered its construction in 1860.
    It is a very nice building, but you can take pictures from the sidewalk: if you try to approach, a guard will tell you to leave (I guess this does not happen with the President!)

    El Palacio de Gobierno es conocido como "Casa de López" porque fue la residencia de Francisco Solano López, quien ordenó su construcción en 1860. Es un edificio muy bonito, pero sólo pueden tomar fotos desde la acera: si tratan de aproximarse, un guardia les pedirá que se retiren (supongo que esto no sucede con el Presidente!)

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    Rio Paraquay

    by Pete.Gibson Written Oct 15, 2005

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    This great river was the reason why the city was founded here in 1537, it was a good staging post for the spanish with easy access to the sea and back to spain They are boat services from the port here and it is possible to travel downsteam

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    Plaza de los heros

    by Pete.Gibson Written Oct 15, 2005

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    This memorial to Paraguays fallen heroes, is modeled on the les Invalides in Paris, Francisco solano lopez is buried here along with the unknown soldier its quite interesting why Francisco is so revered seeing as he waged war against Argintina, Uraguay and Brazil which ended up as a disaster, Paraquay lost half its men and a third of its territory

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    The Palicio de los lopez

    by Pete.Gibson Written Oct 15, 2005

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    The presidental palace offers good veiws out over the rio Paraquay but look to the right and a shanty town speads from the doorstep almost down to the river bankj, a reminder that theres still work to do ?

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    Streets of Asuncion

    by chris_i79 Written Nov 17, 2003

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    Here is a shot of the main downtown area of Asuncion. Many people line the streets eager to sell you a wide range of products which include watches, soccer jerseys, jewellery, cds, suitcases, knives, phones and much much more!

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    Jardin Botanico

    by reon80 Written Jun 13, 2005

    I spent a good chunk of my morning at the Jardin Botanico in Asuncion. It has two museums, a Natural History museum and an Indigenous museum, neither of which are particularly spectacular, but it also has a Zoo which is quite interesting. I was surprised at how many animals they have. It was free and interesting, but I heard the animals are not well kept, so that was too bad, something to look into. Anyway, besides that, you can wander aimlessly for hours, its like a big park. It also has the house where Eliza Lynch, the most famous Paraguayan woman, lived:) (See the section on Eliza Lynch)

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    Recoleta Cemetary...Another One

    by reon80 Written Jun 16, 2005

    We have a Recoleta Cemetary here in Buenos Aires which is famous as the final resting place of Evita....well, Asuncion has its own Recoleta Cemetary with its own famous woman--Eliza Lynch (see the related Album). Its really peaceful and a little morbid to take a stroll through here on a nice day...I recommend it.

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    The Musea de ballas artes

    by Pete.Gibson Written Oct 15, 2005

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    Thereqare some interesting works of art, a lot of it early Indian work after thier introduction to the christian church I found this peice of interest Christ in a unusual pose dont you think?

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