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An October 2010 trip to Buenos Aires by akakd

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Quote: You wouldn't think that visiting Buenos Aires during a sanitation strike would leave me with the feeling that Buenos Aires is "bueno", but overlooking the piles of trash in the streets was doable in this easily walkable, friendly, vibrant city.

Croque Madame

Restaurant | "Charming, Elegant, Scrumptious"

Croque Madame Photo, Buenos Aires, Argentina
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Located just inside the beautiful cast-iron gate to the Museo Nacional de Arte Decorativo, Croque Madame is a lovely place to relax & enjoy a scrumptious meal. Rather small inside, additional seating is available in the courtyard in front of the museum. The café is actually a little house with a sweeping staircase & chandeliers. Along with namesake croque madames & croque monsieurs (which I ordered & enjoyed), the menu includes salads, pizzas, meat dishes, and even salmon (which my husband enjoyed). The atmosphere is wonderful & the service was excellent. Save room for dessert!

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on December 19, 2010

Croque Madame
Avenue Del Libertador 1902
Buenos Aires, Argentina

La Perla Cantina

Restaurant | "Brothel turned Cantina"

La Perla Cantina Photo, Buenos Aires, Argentina
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Once a brothel, this cantina sits right at the mouth of the Caminito (on the corner to the right before entering the Caminito). We chose to eat a light lunch outside, but took some time to take a gander at the interior full of old photographs, colored seltzer bottles, a piano & guitar, dark wooden finishings, & wooden tables. The food was pretty good, & tango dancers were available nearby, posing with tourists for photos, & entertaining us while we ate.

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on December 19, 2010

La Perla Cantina
Pedro De Mendoza 1899
La Boca, Buenos Aires
(0)11 4301 2985

Caminito Pedestrian Street/La Boca District

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Attraction | "Colorful Caminito"

Caminito Pedestrian Street/La Boca District Photo,
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This compact pedestrian-only alleyway is a magnet for tourists. Definitely one of the most touristy & colorful tourist spots in Buenos Aires, try to get there early in the day to avoid the crowds. The Caminito is located in La Boca, a port area that attracted Italian immigrants, along with sailors & prostitutes. It is said the tango was born here among these working-class people in the late 19th century. Once a rundown barrio, a local artist turned this small area of La Boca into a tourist magnet by using the old buildings as a massive outdoor canvas. The wood & corrugated-tin tenement houses w/ rickety balconies are now brightly painted & perfect for photos. Tango dancers & ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on December 19, 2010

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

La Recoleta Cemetery

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Attraction | "Yes, you should visit a cemetery--Recoleta Cemetery."

La Recoleta Cemetery Photo, Buenos Aires, Argentina
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While not quite as spectacular as Novodevichy Cemetery in Moscow, Russia, the Cementerio de la Recoleta is not to be missed. One of the most famous cemeteries in the world, this city of the dead is a highlight for its Art Nouveau, Gothic, & Neo-Classical structures. This is the final resting place of presidents, generals, aristocrats, and--probably most visited--Evita (Eva Peron). Evita's modest mausoleum is down one of the narrow alley-like streets, on the opposite of the church side, toward Vicente Lopez Street. Just look for the mausoleum with the most people gathered round it & it's probably Evita's. Evita is buried in her family's mausoleum indicated by her father's surname, Familia...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on December 19, 2010

La Recoleta Cemetery
Junín 1790 Recoleta District
Buenos Aires, Argentina 1116
+54 (11) 4804 7040

Palacio Barolo

Attraction | "1923 Neo-Gothic Skyscraper"

Palacio Barolo Photo,
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This 1923 Skyscraper right on the tree-lined Avenue de Mayo is worthy of your time, especially for the views from one of the upper rounded balconies. The lobby is ornate, the antique elevators are reminiscent of days gone by, & those upper-floor balconies offer stunning panoramic views. (You need permission & a "guide" to visit the upper-floor balconies.) Of note is that this building was designed by Palanti in homage to Dante's Divine Comedy. This 22-story skyscraper features three distinct sections representing hell, purgatory, & paradise as portrayed in The Divine Comedy poem. The building height at 100 meters equals the 100 cantos of the poem & each of the 22 floors contains 2...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on December 19, 2010

Palacio Barolo
1370 Avenida De Mayo
Buenos Aires, Argentina
(0)11 4383 1065

Farmacia de la Estrella

Attraction | "1834 Pharmacy, still in use."

Farmacia de la Estrella Photo,
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Okay, you don't need anything from a pharmacy, but this one is worth seeing. Plus it's very close to major tourist sites, within easy walking distance of Plaza de Mayo. This historic pharmacy is surprisingly grand with really lovely large-scale paintings, a beautiful ceiling mural, mahogany, Carrara marble, Murano glass, & a huge antique clock. If you happen to need a tube of toothpaste or other drug store items, you're in luck. If not, this pharmacy is still worth a visit. Located in the Monserrat District on the corner of Defensa & Alsina.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on December 19, 2010

Farmacia de la Estrella
Defensa 201
Buenos Aires, Argentina

Café Tortoni

Restaurant | "Atmosphere Galore! "

Café Tortoni Photo,
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Café Tortoni is said to be not only the oldest restaurant in Buenos Aires, but also the most famous. Part restaurant, part museum, Café Tortoni is rich with history & is wildly ornate. Stained-glass ceilings, unique light fixtures, large mirrors, rich woods, busts of famous people in Argentine history--fill the room. Definitely worth the wait in line!

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on December 19, 2010

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

Buenos Aires Metro

Attraction | "History Underground"

Buenos Aires Metro Photo,
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Running just beneath the Avenue de Mayo in historic Buenos Aires is the early 1900's subway line known simply as the A Line. This subway line was the first built in South America. Save your feet & ride the historic, antique subway with its wooden doors you open yourself. Stop at the Peru station to see the most authentic of the original 1913 subway stations.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on December 19, 2010

Buenos Aires Metro

Buenos Aires, Argentina

Plaza de Mayo

Attraction | "Heart of Buenos Aires"

Plaza de Mayo Photo, Buenos Aires, Argentina
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This plaza has been at the center of every major political event in Argentine history, from Presidential proclamations, to Evita addressing the masses, to protests, to the mournful demonstrations by the "Mothers of the Disappeared". An Obilisk stands tall in the center of the plaza commemorating independence in 1810. At one end, stands the Casa Rosada or Pink Palace. Just in front of the palace in the plaza is a sculpture of a man on horseback carrying a flag. This is the Generalismo that designed the Argentine flag. Also bordering the square are the Cabildo (blindingly white town hall), & the Catedral Metropolitana. The Avenue de Mayo branches off from the plaza.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on December 19, 2010

Plaza de Mayo
Avenida De Mayo 800
Capital Federal, Argentina 1084
Not available

Casa Rosada/Casa Rosa/Pink House

Attraction | "White House vs. Pink House"

Casa Rosada/Casa Rosa/Pink House Photo, San Juan, Puerto Rico
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America has their White House, Argentina has their Pink House--the Argentine Presidential Palace. One difference: the President works here, but does not live here. There are many stories about why this 1885 palace is pink, one such story being that the palace was originally painted with cow's blood. For those of you interested in Evita (Eva Peron), this is where Evita addressed her adoring masses, though not from the front balcony, but from a balcony on the south side of the palace. The palace is especially pretty at night.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on December 19, 2010

Casa Rosada/Casa Rosa/Pink House
Caleta De San Juan
Old San Juan, Puerto Rico 00901
787 721 2400

Moreno Hotel Buenos Aires

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Hotel | "Out of hotels in 49 countries, this is my favorite!"

Moreno Hotel Buenos Aires Photo,
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When our taxi turned onto Moreno Street in Buenos Aires, exposing a narrow street with nondescript buildings & graffiti-covered walls, my first thought was, "what did I get us into". My second thought was, "we can manage for the few days we're here". But as soon as we walked into the Moreno Hotel, I knew we were someplace special. Greeted immediately & escorted to the lobby in an antique elevator, we couldn't help but notice that this is a lovely, unique, artsy hotel. This Art Deco style hotel was built in 1929 & exudes charm. Everything about the lobby is one-of-a-kind style from the oversized chaise to the red leather furniture to the pointy chandelier to the unique lamps & pain...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on December 19, 2010

Moreno Hotel Buenos Aires
376 Moreno St
Buenos Aires, Capital Federal District 1091
866-539-8117