Walking around Buenos Aires
Trip Start Dec 14, 2007
300Trip End Nov 04, 2008
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Buenos Aires is definetly the largest city we have visiting since we started nearly 2 months ago (14 of February will be 2 months!) and it counts with a few of the disadvantages - lots of people, busy roads, lots of noise...but it is compensated easily by the huge offer it has (restaurants, cafes, theatres, museums, streets, more streets, buildings, etc).
So a few comments on the photographs we attach. Sadly little to say on the Museums which we were really looking forward to visit, as they are all closed:
- Casa Rosada and Presidents Museum (closed without opening date for refurbishment)
- Museo Nacional in San Telmo (closed for refurbishment until April...earliest)
It was a shock to start our lovely walk along Avenida de Mayo, from our "Gran Hotel Espaņa", and bump into a poster of Mr
Seems one cant get away from this bloke! In the poster (if you zoom in you can see it better) the political propaganda says "Mirando Hacia Adelante" (looking forward). Someone wrote (and it wasnt me!) "Hacia Donde?" (where to?). The other posters had computer arranged pictures of spanish and argentinian flags waving and lots of supporters. The Socialist party would not dare show a Spanish flag in Spain...quite ironic.
The other pictures show streets of Buenos Aires, some so similar to Madridīs Gran Via, others very similar to the new Docklands in London with old warehouses converted into expensive flats and lots of new restaurants on the riverside (Puerto Madero).
We visited Hectorīs (our Asturian friend from Madrid) cousin at his cafeteria "La Barra" close to Puerto Madero and had a few beers there with some empanadas.
For dinner we wanted to try one of the Parrilladas, and after looking into quite a few restaurants ended at "La Chacra"
The funny part was that the waiter took a long time to bring everything, never smiled, was not helpful, and never present until the moment we paid the bill. He then stood around to "force" a tip...we just stood up to leave and he grabbed hold of the tip basket from the table and stood on my way saying "thank you, have a good night, thank you". We just walked around and said "have a good night also"...no smile, no tip!
In any case, most Buenos Aires restaurants charge a "servicio" which is supposed to be for the bread, but is a hidden tip of $3 pesos per person. So for those "ex-waiters" reading....no tears needed.
The parrillada was a good experience but tough for colesterol levels! We will be sticking to meat exclusively next time, and avoiding all the livers and other funny little things served.