Buenos Aires Journals

A Piece of Europe in South America

A December 2001 trip to Buenos Aires by babx2

Quote: When I first got to Buenos Aires, the flight attendant announced how dangerous it was to take any transportation services at the airport other than Manuel Tienda de Leon. So after grabbing my bags, I went straight there, and that was my "welcome to the city".

A Piece of Europe in South America

Overview

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After I got to the city, I took a taxi from the airport to the hotel. The very recommended Manuel Tienda de Leon. It costed me from Ezeiza, the airport, to my hotel. But safety is priceless! There also microbuses, that will cost you about . The next morning after breakfast, I started walking around the city, and immediately fell in love with it. It is just too new to be European, and too old to be American. Just in between! The classic architecture, and the modern billboards, it is a very unique city. And like the locals say, once you go there, you'll always crave some more. Buenos Aires is specially busy at night. You can walk around the streets for hours just for the pleasure of walking, and see th...Read More

Grand Boulevard Hotel

Hotel | "Gran Boulevard"

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The room was very decent, with one queen size bed. The breakfast was great, usually after that breakfast I only had dinner, and it was included in the price. The hotel was very charming, and the price was very good for the quality of the services. They also had Internet access and fitness room with personal trainer. It is at H Yrigoyen, one of the avenues that merge with 9 de Julio. So it is very central and close access to the subway and buses. The staff is also very friendly, they were always giving me maps, directions, and explaining me how to get around.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on December 6, 2006

Grand Boulevard Hotel
Bernardo de Irigoyen 432
Buenos Aires, Argentina C1072AAJ
+54 (11) 5222-9000

Estancia

Restaurant | "La Estancia"

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When I got there, I did not know what to expect from a true Argentinian steak house, or parillada as they call. I ordered what everybody else was eating, of course! They started bringing some cutting boards full of meat, and it was just about the best steak I had in my entire life. It really was to die for! Also I had some local wine, and it was not bad at all. Mixed with the steaks they brought some sausage looking things which I was very curious about. I asked the waiter what was all that, and he was pointing one by one to me. Very exotic food, I must say. They were serving intestines, and a deep purple sausage called morsilla, and that consists of hardened cow blood. Th...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on December 6, 2006

Estancia
Lavalle 941
Buenos Aires, Argentina 1047
+54 (11) 4326-0330

La Parolaccia

Restaurant

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One thing I learned is that Argentinians in their majority come from Italians. Therefore they eat a lot of pasta, and very good pasta! This restaurant is located in a very good area of the town. When I sat, the waiter came with appetizers, and a glass of champagne that was a courtesy of the house. After spending more then 20 minutes to decide what I wanted to eat, because everything looked so delicious, I decided to have ravioli bolognese. It took about 40 minutes until the food came. No problem, I was enjoying the appetizers! Very good sausage, bread, olives... and my glass of free champagne! The food was so good, that even with no room in my stomach after all the appetizers, I had to have...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on December 6, 2006

La Parolaccia
Avenida Alicia Moreau de Justo 1160
Buenos Aires, Argentina
+54 (11) 4343 5008

Café Tortoni

Restaurant | "Gran Cafe Tortoni"

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This cafe is one of the oldest in the city. It is a very laid back atmosphere. You can see people playing cards, talking, listening to Tango, and some nights they have live Tango, the typical cafe porteño. That night I had a submarino, that consists of hot milk and a bar of chocolate to melt in it, and grilled cheese sandwich. Simple and good. And after that I had media lunas filled in with dulce de leche. The media luna is like a croissant, but has a sweet flavor, and dulce de leche is a local paste, almost like caramel, tastes a little different though. The funny detail was that everything I ordered, the waiter brought me a tab. I ended up with 5 different bills i...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on December 6, 2006

Café Tortoni
Avenida de Mayo 825
Capital Federal, Argentina 1084
+54 11 43424328

Caminito Pedestrian Street/La Boca District

Attraction | "La Boca - Caminito"

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One of the city icons. Very bohemian, at La Boca, where the port is. That is the place where Tango was born. When you walk around the Caminito with all the colorful houses, and the Tango houses, you understand better the porteño culture. It is a very passionate place, with the locals playing truco at the bars. Truco is a card game, very typical. At night they play live Tango, and tell you the story that when it first started it was the dance of the men that worked at the ships, and the prostitutes that hung around the port. That is the reason why the clothes are so provocative, and the lyrics so spicy. At Caminito there is also a little wax museum, with local celebrities. That is a place that per...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on December 6, 2006

Caminito Pedestrian Street/La Boca District
Calle Caminito
La Boca, Buenos Aires 1166

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It is definitely worth it to check San Telmo open market. I went on a Saturday, and it was very interesting. You find all around a huge square an open market, full of stands. Basically they sell used articles, from books to hats. A flea market. You can see a lot of interesting things there to buy. Plus there are all the people dancing Tango at the street, and the outside cafes, very relaxing. La Recoleta, is one of my favorite places to hang out. The city grew around a cemetery. It is huge! I loved the little telephone cabins they have there. It is also where you will find Hard Rock Cafe. Very particular, you can see all around Buenos Aires, ladies walking dozens of Pekingese dogs ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on December 6, 2006

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I enjoyed very much taking this tour. They have an underground museum about Evita Peron, and it helped me understanding better what a celebrity she is for the country, and why.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on December 6, 2006

Palacio del Congreso
50 Entre Rios Ave.
Buenos Aires, Argentina

Parque de la Costa

Attraction | "Parque de la Costa (El Tigre)"

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It was a lot of fun. I took a train ride to the park. The park itself was a normal amusement park. They had some concerts going on the night I was there, what made is awesome! They had some local bands performing at the amphitheater, and tones of people. After the concert, I took the train back to the station. You can also drive all the way to the park.

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on December 6, 2006

Parque de la Costa
Vivanco 1509
Buenos Aires, Argentina 1808
+54 11 47326300