Waling Tour & Bookstore

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Flag of Argentina  , Capital Federal District,
Monday, February 7, 2011


Monday, we took a free walking tour from Plaza Congreso to Plaza de Mayo, taking in lots of past and current government buildings along the way, as well as an old café from the 1850s and plenty of beautiful residential buildings with incredible architectural details.  There are more photos of this below.  The highlight, for me, was seeing the famous Evita balcony, where Eva Peron addressed the crowds on the Plaza de Mayo.




After a lot of walking, it was nice to spend a lazy afternoon reading in El Ateneo on Avenida Santa Fe.  El Ateneo is no ordinary bookstore, because it's housed in an old theater.  Bookshelves replace seats on the ground floor and two upper balcony levels, while a café occupies the stage.  A couple of the "box seats" nearest to the stage contain chairs for people to read in, but aside from these and two small sitting areas on the main floor, there’s nowhere for browsers to sit. 

Patti and I solved that problem by reading in the café, and no one stopped us.  I read two-thirds of a young adult mystery novel called Prophecy of the Sisters by Madeline Zink while Patti read Ricky Martin’s biography, Yo.  No, I am not making up that title.  In defense of our craptastic reading materials, which we both thoroughly enjoyed, I must say that there was a VERY limited selection of books in English.  In fact, I think I may have found the only book in the section that wasn't a romance novel or New Moon, from the Twilight series.  I’d already read that one.  Yo was in Spanish, but Patti said the simplistic writing style was easier for her to understand than a "real" book.

Patti ordered some yummy-smelling tea by our new favorite brand, Chamama.  We discovered this tea in El Calafate at the crepe place.  There, I had a delicious rooibos tea made with hazelnuts, caramel and apple.  This time, Patti also had rooibos, but her blend combined fig, honey, cinnamon and ginger. 

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