Buenos Aires Of Argentina Overview
|Buenos Aires is one of the worlds most incredible and enticing cities - the cultural heart of Argentina & packed with character at a price which won't break the bank. This is the 8th biggest city in the world and by far Argentinas richest - it is divided in to 47 neighbourhoods each with their own distinct flavour.|
The mass of greenery, wide boulevards, plazas and architecture give the city a distinctly European feel and the smells of baking coming from the pattiseries takes you immediately to Italy. The Subte (Underground) is the oldest in South America and connects all the major parts of the city very effectively. 40% of Argentinas population lives in greater BA - the majority are decended from Spanish & Italian immigrants. The spanish spoken here is rhythmically closer to Italian. Make sure you take in the Plaza de Mayo, the gardens of Palermo & Evita museum, the San Telmo antiques market on a sunday, a succulent steak and some tango at one of the cities fantastic restaurants. Make sure you get to a Boca Juniors versus River Plate football match while in BA. If time take the boat across the River Mar de la Plata to Uruguay - hire a car and experience the buzz of Montevideo and the stunning beaches along the coast from
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Obelisk and Avenida Nueve de Julio
This famous Buenos Aires landmark dominates the intersection of Corrientes and Avenida 9 de Julio in the heart of the city. The avenue, named for Argentine independence, is extremely wide, making pedestrian crossing almost an impossibility, so underground passeways, many connected to the subte, or subway sustem, are in heavy use.
The Obelisk is the focus point for celebrations and demonstrations and no visit to Buenos Aires is complete without a walk around the base to view the bronze plaques celebrating Argentine provinces.
Casa Rosada and the Presidential Museum
The Pink House, or the Presidential Offices, is one of the most visited and photographed sites in Buenos Aires. Dominating the Plaza de Mayo, or main square in central Buenos Aires, it is a good starting off spot for a feel of the city. You can watch the changing of the guard, tour the presidential museum (reserve first) and stand below the famous balcony, to the left of the main entrance, where Evita and presidents addressed the crowds in the plaza.
Fifty years after her death in 1952, the Evita Museum opened in the building that once housed her charity, the Eva Per?n Foundation. Her life and charitable works are represented here in a very personalized display closely linked to her family. A visit to see personal items, including some of her fabulous wardrobe, and historical mememtos is an excellent way to understand her life and times.
Plaza de Mayo
The first plaza in Buenos Aires was laid out in 1580 as Plaza del Fuerte, and with independence was renemed the Plaza de Mayo. Impressive official buildings line the plaza, and it is here that many of the celebrations and protests take place. A well-known and sad gathering is the Madres de la Plaza de Mayo, a weekly gathering of mothers protesting the loss of loved ones called Desaparecidos, disappeared ones, during the Dirty War, a bleak moment in Argentina's history. The women wear a white kerchief, the symnbol of their organization and loss.
The plaza is also a place to rest and people watch, to see and be seen, or feed the pigeons.
Take a quiet walk through La Recoleta Cemetery where Eva Peron and other Argentine notables are buried. The narrow, tree shaded streets welcome walkers and I would recommend you to go to the grave site seen here, the Duarte family mausoleum, where Evita and her family are memorialized.
The La Boca barrio, or neighborhood, in Buenos Aires, grew up on the bank of the Riachuelo, a narrow canal where meat packers and warehouses serviced the city. Italian immigrants found a home here, and their hastily erected tin houses formed the basis of the residential area.
Palermo is my favorite area in Buenos Aires !
If I had to choose when to raise my kids in BA, I would definetly choose Palermo, since it is a large and lively barrio in Buenos Aires.
The area was started by the dictator Juan Manual de Rosas that built gorgeous parks as playgrounds for Argentina's elite. The parks are now visited by locals of every economic standing.
Palermo is broken up into the sub-areas of Palermo Viejo, Palermo Chico, Palermo Soho and Palermo Holywood. Although understanding the difference among each area may be difficult to you if you are first time in Palermo.
I recommend visiting two parts of Palermo: Palermo Viejo and Palermo Park.
The area of Palermo Viejo(Old Palermo) started out as the favorite place for bohemians and intellectuals tied to arts and literature. Today it is a hip neighborhood that is frequented by young people.
Palermo Viejo has become a gastronomic center with more than forty bars and restaurants, which are in the able hands of young and creative chefs. The food offered offers is ethnic in Mediterranean and international genres as well as authentical tapas bars in old, renovated houses with courtyards, terraces and sidewalk tables.
Palermo Viejo is an area also known for being full of new designer clothes and decoration shops.
Plaza Serrano (Also known as Plaza Cortazar)
The main square in Palermo Viejo is Plaza Serrano. Boutiques and restaurants are prominent during the day while trendy bars rule all the hours of the night.
The massive park in Palermo features beautiful lakes, a rose garden(Rosedal), a Japanese garden, the Buenos Aires Zoo, the Galileo Galilei Planetarium, and even a Hippodrome.
Shopping in Buenos Aires
Buenos Aires is known for its fine and upscale shopping areas. Fine leather goods, international fashion and boutiques abound. There are shopping malls in the barrios, antique shops and the markets, such as the one in San Telmo, bookstores and art galleries to please a variety of tastes and budgets.
You can ask your hotel to make reservations at a noted tango hall, or join a tour to see Buenos Aires by night. You can also take in a tango lesson at a tango salon. Quite often, you might see tango dancers displaying their sensuous moves and expertise in the street.
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