Nov 21, 2008
May 29, 2009
Buenos Aires is without doubt the most romantic city I have ever been to, the wide green avenues that carve up the city into districts are crammed with beautiful ancient buildings in the style of French and Spanish period architecture and the whole place exudes an air of passion and sensuality. Buenos Aires has an almost European feel to it and like many of the Capital cities of Europe the streets are liberally littered with statues of the heroes of history, the ones of Eva Peron "Evita" and San Martin being particularly impressive, and each of the city's 17 districts surround a large green park or square. The city centre is the place to be seen with the rich and the beautiful and although the area of Greater Buenos Aires contains around 40% of Argentina's 33 million population the city doesn't feel crowded, even the so called poor areas have a clear mark of the peoples pride and the simple corrugated iron houses that can be seen in the poorer districts are painted bright blue, green, yellow and red in a patchwork of colour giving a bright, happy feel to the area. With a good amount of time to spend in BA I was content to stroll around and take in the many sights of the city, the cathedral is beautiful, there is virtually no begging and the streets are clean and fresh. The shopping is plentiful as are the restaurants and bars spread amongst the avenues of the city. I ate superbly and the fully 2 inches thick Argentinean steak, perfectly cooked to a tender pink was perhaps the best I have ever eaten. The Argentinean people have two great passions, football and dancing and their love of both can be seen in evidence throughout the city, even in the poorer districts I saw people playing football or dancing in the parks and cobbled streets near the port. The people are friendly too and one evening while out and about enjoying the multitude of bars and clubs, I had been enjoying the Argentinean Malbec perhaps a little too generously and a group of young local lads helped to translate my incoherent babbling to assure that I made it back to my hotel safely. Buenos Aires is home of the Tango which the city is famous for and so while I was here I was delighted to be taught to Tango in the most basic style before sitting down to a magnificent 3 course meal while taking in a show where the supremely talented played out their story in lightning quick steps brimming with flair and style, all for the more than reasonable price of £50 including as much wine to drink as I could manage, not an insignificant amount. I could have spent a month here just taking life in its stride and enjoying all the sights and experiences it has to offer, unfortunately the long road across South America beckons and tomorrow I leave for Uruguay. Of Buenos Aires the one thing that has to be said is - I just love this city.