The City of the Tango

Trip Start Nov 07, 2012
Trip End Nov 20, 2012

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Wednesday, November 7, 2012

We arrived in Buenos Aires after a spectacular week in Easter Island and Santiago, Chile.  Could
Argentina be any better?

Our arrival brought us to the hotel and a short, memorable, and laughable tango lesson.  What a way to introduce us to the passion and grace of the Argentinian culture...although everyone lacked the grace and the passion.  Nevertheless we had some fun.

The morning after our arrival set us off on a tour of Buenos Aires, an elegant mixture of Spanish colonial architecture and several traditional European styles.  We visited the Avenida de Mayo, which runs into Plaza de Mayo, where many buildings important to Argentine history are centered.
We saw the Casa Rosada, comparable to our White House, the Metropolitan Cathedral, and the Cabildo, the first city hall built during Spanish rule which now houses a museum.  From here we visited the colorful, delightful La Boca, Buenos Aire's first merchant and fishing port.  The buildings here are colorful and fun filled with papier mache figures standing tall in the balconies of the buildings.  We visited the famous Caminito, an outdoor museum and art show where paintes offter their tango pictures. 

We passed the beautiful Colon Theater, near out hotel, which was built in 1908 and houses one of the world's most famous opera houses.  And finally we visited the Recoleta District with its elegant homes, fashionable restaurants and shops and the famous cemetery where Eva Peron is buried.

We also managed to visit our favorite restaurant in Buenos Aires:  Broccolinos, where we split a huge appetizer of calamari and a bottle of Malbec.  This was the third time we ate here and we were not disappointed.
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