A walking tour through a very cosmopolitan city. Even though it was December, it was springtime in Buenos Aires!
by Cindy Grant on October 22, 2010
This cemetery in the upscale neighborhood of Recoleta is a beautiful place to take a stroll. It is laid out in streets, with narrow walkways, and is best known as the resting place of Eva Peron and several other Argentinian presidents.The entrance is through gates with tall Greek columns, and the architecture of the tombs varies greatly; some are not well maintained. Each tomb has the name etched in the stone; some have plaques attached.While on my visit, I noticed many feral cats. They seemed tame, and most were laying on top of the stones and sleeping their day away!
This beautiful park is located in the Palermo neighborhood of the city. Winding red gravel paths take you through areas of beautiful flowering trees and shrubs, and of course acres of the roses that give the park its name. There are many benches to sit on and take in the beauty. This spot is often used for engagement and wedding pictures. It was designed in 1914; it has a lake where paddleboats can be rented. The White Bridge is covered with lattice and is a breathtaking sight. A beautiful place to sit and reflect!
While necessary to quickly get around this large city, a ride in a cab might seem to be more like a roller coaster ride! That dotted line down the center of the lane means nothing to cab drivers; it is basically a free for all - if a driver hesitates, another will make a space. You definitely get to your destination fast!We went on a walking tour through the Plaza San Martin area. Our tour leader knew one of the employees at a hotel near the Plaza, and he let us go up to the glass conference room and take photos. From our vantage point, you can see just how congested the city is!
Street performers show up in any touristy area in the city. Many are quite good! You will always find tango dancers; this is Buenos Aires and everyone knows how to dance! In the San Telmo area near the flea market, I found quite a few, even some very cute kids! If you like their performance, they appreciate your spare change.
Cafe Tortoni began in 1858, and is the oldest cafe in Argentina. This has always been a meeting place for those in power. There is stain glass, marble, and wood, and the place has that atmosphere that makes one want to be deep in conversation. Light snacks, drinks, desserts, and sandwiches are on the menu. After a light meal, we got to our purpose in visiting the cafe. Their elegant double front doors were to be our backdrop for a wonderful tango dancing couple. They danced for us while we took photographs, and even posed in some classic tango lifts and kicks so we could get perfect shots. This wouldn't be our only tango photo session, but it was our classiest!
On March 17, 1992, 29 people died and 242 were injured when the Israeli Embassy was bombed. A memorial to the dead has been established, with a small plaza dedicated the those who died; a section of the original wall was preserved and a plaque placed there with the names of the dead. Two rows of linden trees were planted.
La Boca is a very colorful area of Buenos Aires. You will find a flea market and many shops offering souvenirs. Tango dancers will pass the hat around if you photgraph them. A very touristy place, with many restaurants, kids playing football. Warning, stay on the main streets that are full of tourists. Do not venture onto side streets, especially at night. We had no problems, but our guide gave us this advice.
The Plaza San Martin is another very picturesque square located in the Retiro neighborhood. Of particular note is the "Monument for the Fallen in the Falklands War". There is a permanent honor guard posted at this small monument, which has the names of the dead soldiers etched into the stone. There is also an eternal flame burning.
Arguably one of the most important squares in the city. There are often demonstrators here, and our visit was no exception. There were actually demonstrations on 3 of the 6 days of our visit in various locations around the city. Argentinians are very passionate! The period during the 1970's was called the Dirty War. Many people just disappeared forever. Because of this, "The Mothers of the Plaza de Mayo" continue their peaceful demonstrations in the Plaza every week. They wear white scarves on their heads embroidered with the names of their children who disappeared, some still unaccounted for after all these years. Some even carry pictures. There are many landmarks around this square. The Cabildo is a museum. The Casa Rosada is the Argentine equivalent of the white house, only it's pink! The Metropolitain Cathedral is the main Catholic Church. The May Pyramid is the oldest monument in Buenos Aires.A very pretty square, rich in history, and always in the hearts of the people!
Hotel Nogaro is a very clean hotel, situated near one of the most well known squares in Buenos Aires, Plaza de Mayo. The room was more than adequate, with air conditioning (which we did not need), a security box, and warm wood floors. The hotel was renovated in 2005, but it was originally built in 1930. The staff is very attentive and is multi-lingual. The hotel takes Master Card, Visa, American Express, Diners, and Maestro. They serve breakfast, drinks, and sandwiches. The area was very quiet, and there were many conveniences nearby - an internet cafe, a bake shop, several restaurants, and a money exchange. I would recommend this hotel because of its location.
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