Parks, Docks and of course more steaks - BA Part 2
Trip Start Apr 12, 2011
86Trip End Apr 01, 2012
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Another part of the north which we explored was Palermo which had even more green space with rose gardens and duck ponds, very pretty part of town but you don’t quite manage to escape the city noise thanks to the train lines and airport (so it’s not just London where you can’t escape it)
Next day we head to Puerto Madero, which is more docks but the ones the city have put money into regenerating (unlike La Boca). This is also the financial district so all the restaurants and bars are really nice and we spend some time wandering around here pretending we wouldn’t want to go into these fancy restaurants anyway. We also take a walk around the ecological park beside here which seems to be a popular running route and takes us out to see the river (Rio de la Plata or 'River Plate’)
I have to admit that our next stop was a Starbucks but in our defence it had good seats in the sun and Jonny was suffering from withdrawals from a large coffee so we counteract our local food with some drinks from a global chain.
The big event for us today is Laura Marling gig, she is playing in a venue in San Telmo and we manage to get tickets. We also bring along about four people from the hostel that are also fans so we have a crowd together. We learnt that gigs in Argentina are quite different from back home. The time on our tickets said 9pm and we turn up at 9.10pm, the support act is almost finished. Laura comes on at 9.30pm, plays for an hour and then everyone leaves (we think to go for dinner)
Last day in BA and so we try to get round to the things we keep meaning to do. We go to the Fine Arts Musuem in Palermo which has a mix of modern and traditional Latin-American art. Interesting to see the kind of lives people had and the type of art, not all so different from what we see in Europe. Then back to Palermo to look at more shops and restaurants for the afternoon. Of course we need afternoon cake where we share a massive piece of apple pie. Dinner with Dan and Jen and we need to go to a parilla for our last night in Buenos Aires – La Escondida, we have the best steaks so far. But we’re not sure if it’s solely down to the steak as we have finally mastered how to order a steak medium-rare and so we’re all happy.
I do really feel that now I should cut down on the red meat but next is Uruguay who is also very proud of their beef and so it would be rude not to....
Really enjoyed our week in BA and feel we have done the main sites but there is still so much to see. Unfortunately I don’t think we can justify staying longer just to try out different restaurants and bars so off we go to Uruguay.
Full photos here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/jonnymillar/sets/