Buenos Aires - Day 3
Trip Start Dec 14, 2007
300Trip End Nov 04, 2008
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Gran Hotel Espaņa Tacauri - $120 Arg
First we have added a video which we actually took the previous day in one of the 2 main pedestrian streets of Buenos Aires centre...with hundreds of shops and restaurants (Florida and Lavalle). Given we couldnt film or take photographs in the Tango Emotion show we went to, we add this street one...basically the same!
We have included quite a few photographs as there are very different areas in Buenos Aires.
The central one where we have the hotel (next to the Casa Rosada and Avenida de Mayo) is very similar to New York (except no sky scrapers) with narrow roads, air conditioning machines working in the offices at full power and dropping water on the street, hundreds of corner shops selling sandwiches, pizzas, coffee, internet cafes..
The new port area - Puerto Madero which is identical to the London Docklands new part, with restaurants and very clean aspect to it. You can see the expensive flats and offices...
Recoleta - north of the central part is the "rich area" of Buenos Aires. Nice modern flats with huge reception areas and doormen or security, mixed with old colonial buildings and embassies. Plenty of expensive restaurants and cafeterias, the Courts of Justice, the Colon Theatre...nice parks, etc.
San Telmo - the old colonial area with antique shops and little restaurants and streets.
Anyway...plenty of different characters which make the city quite special and the contrasts huge. We imagine that there will be quite a few poor suburbs around the city which will be similar to the Retiro bus station - not a nice place to be..
So today we walked around the Recoleta area and a visit to the Recoleta Cemetry. Yes another cemetry in our tour! We seem obsessed with cemetry visits, but they really do tell a lot about the development of a country, and most have something special. In any case, most foreigners do go to the Recoleta one as it has quite a few famous names in it, including "Evita Peron".
The previous day we passed the Chacarita cemetry which had the tomb of the General Peron...we didnt realise they were burried separated until our visit. We guess it has something to do with General Perons, 2 other wifes, the third which is still alive and exiled in Madrid...although there is a request to extradite her to Argentina for her participation in the dictatorship.
A picture of the Courts of Justice is also included. A supreme building, with the "fasces" on both sides. It is particularly clean in the front part with the sides quite polluted by traffic. Some said that it was clean as it had hardly been used ... (joke ha ha)
Dinner consisted of...more meat! As some Argentinian travellers mentioned to us, it doesnt matter what happens in Argentina, whether there is recession, depression or any "ssion"...Argentinians always have meat on their menu. Apparently the average consumption in 2007 per person was of 61kgs of meat. Still far away from the 90kg before the 2001 recession, but still impressive!