Buenos Aires - 2nd biggest city in South America

Trip Start May 02, 2012
Trip End Jul 31, 2014

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Ayres de Recoleta Hotel Buenos Aires
Read my review - 4/5 stars

Flag of Argentina  , Capital Federal District,
Monday, March 11, 2013

Buenos Aires, a beautiful, gracious city. Spent a lovely 2 days in Buenos Aires.  It was such a pleasure to stay in a reasonable hotel in a good location for a change.  We stayed in the Recoleta area of BA because it seemed to be close to most things that we wanted to see.  Our hotel was just near the Recoleta Cemetery where all the wealthy and famous Argentinians are buried.  It is like a miniature city. Eva Peron is buried there and the guide book said to " follow the crowds" to find her "plekkie"...(the guide book didn't say plekkie though!)  We found it very easily! Most Argentinians seem to adore her! (The crypt right next to Eva Peron's is for sale... would love to know the price of that!) It was quite eerie looking at all the crypts that go right down underground with fancy coffins, furniture and ornaments piled up inside.... And lots and lots of stray cats wandering around! The church next to the cemetery was beautiful, and ornate  inside - Nuestra Seņora del Pilar, dating from 1732. A mass christening was going on while we were there, so that was interesting. In an adjoining park there is a weekend craft market with very interesting things -lots of leather and silver - for sale. Street performers were doing gymnastics, musical shows, tangos, tarot card readings, clown performances etc etc... Lovely vibe... Buenos Aires is the tango capital with lots of shows and lessons going on.  There are plenty of art galleries.   In this part of the City, and in the adjoining barrio,  Palermo, there are beautiful gardens. It was great to sit in the evenings with a drink, at tables on the pavements outside the numerous bars and restaurants, and watch the passing parade - pizza delivery "boys" on rollerblades, dog walkers walking sometimes as many as 8 dogs (often by bicycle).  The hours of the city are quite unusual for us - shops etc generally only open at about 11:00am.  And people come out in hordes in the late afternoon. The clubs open at midnight, but people only really get there from about 2:00am (this is hearsay as we weren't awake to actually check it out!) But when Andy went out at 6:00am there was still the buzz of party-goers.    How do normal people function like this? The banks only seem to open at 3pm, so maybe the bankers are the people clubbing all night, and sleeping in the morning! 
 We took an open-air tourist bus on a 3hour trip which gave us a wonderful idea of what the City was about. We both loved the beautiful buildings, and also the old brightly painted tin shanty buildings in the San Telmo/La Boca area.  The Boca Junior Stadium (one of the most popular and well-known soccer teams in South America) is painted in their colours of yellow and blue, and everywhere in those areas the colours of houses, businesses and apartments are yellow and blue!!! They love those colours!!! And are obviously right behind their team! The open spaces in BA are awesome, with people using them to walk, suntan, play football, picnic, braai, ride, rollerblade etc. Lots and lots of beautiful trees everywhere! One huge old tree that we sat under even had a series of pillars to support its heavy branches!  Of course, we only saw the tourist side of the city, and in a city of 12 million people there are obviously poorer areas, but what a fantastic 2 days... And nice not to have to negotiate the horrendous traffic in our camper!  this morning we caught the bus back to where we left our camper, and leave tomorrow morning early to head south for the Atlantic coast. 
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Donatella on

I Ann, Justine just told me tonight you were looking for me in Rosario...yes I have
made travelling plans but as usual ... to visit mama.
Argentina must be celebrating tonight as the new elected Pope is from Buenos Aires.
Did you perhaps had a chance to do a bit of recce about my painter Roul Dominguez from Rosario? Thanks for a great blog love reading it .Ciao bella

siyaya on

Okay, we didn't think that you would make it to Rosario.... Looking forward to seeing yr painting again to see if it has the feel of Rosario about it! X

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