Monday, December 30, 2013

Touring Buenos Aires

There are so many wonderful areas within Buenos Aires to visit and with six weeks, I tried to visit most of them. Yes, some definitely are more touristy than others but I didn't mind. On Sundays, the Feria de San Pedro Telmo is one of the most touristy things you could do but great shopping can be done at reasonable prices. They have everything from antiques to amazing art pieces, souvenirs, leather items such as belts and purses, and lots of tango dancers on the streets providing entertainment.
Seltzer bottles are very popular in Buenos Aires. Apparently, the bottles of seltzer in siphon bottles are still delivered to people's doors much like milk used to be delivered in the United States.
Off the main street we enjoyed some a chorizo sandwich, drink and watched some tango dancers perform.
In many ways, Polo has made Argentina famous so when I found out they played between September - November I really wanted to go. We didn't know what to expect since neither of us have been but were excited to check it out. The Campo Argentino de Polo is located in Palermo and was walking distance from our apartment.
As you might imagine the grounds are emaculate and I felt like I was surrounded by the Buenos Aires elite. High end restaurants within the facility and liquor companies showcasing their products in upscale pop-up kiosks.
Time to watch some polo!

The last time we were in Buenos Aires was in 2010 for a long weekend and we visited the neighborhood of La Boca. It was drizzling that day so I wanted to go back and spend some more time.

The famous stadium La Bombonera were Boca Juniors play. The name translated in English is Chocolate Box. From my readings, it says it is due to the shape. The stadiums capacity is 49,000 people.
Down a few streets from La Bombonera is Caminito ("little walkway"). Another huge tourist spot but I loved looking at all the bright colorful houses.
There is a famous bookstore in Buenos Aires, El Ateneo. Located on Santa Fe Avenue, the building actually opened as a theatre in 1919. According to Wikipedia, the theatre has a seating capacity of 1,050 and held a lot of performances, including tango. The bookstore is also named Top 10 Most Beautiful Bookstores in the world.
We decided to attend a tango show before we left. It was a tough decision on which show to see since there are so many to choose from. All of them offer a dinner / show ticket but after reading so many reviews I opted for just the show tickets since the food did not seem to "wow" too many people and the tickets are expensive for mediocre food.

After much research, I chose Esquina Homero Manzi. It is located on the corner of San Juan and Boedo which is famous for the opening verse of the tango Sur, one of the best-loved songs in Buenos Aires and more importantly the corner and name of this restaurant is the author to those lyrics.
 My last weekend in Buenos Aires we went to Puerto Madero. I had heard mixed reviews of the area, mainly nothing really to see and restaurants are pricey but I wanted to at least check it out for myself. This area is definitely more contemporary and is considered one of the safest area in the city and highest property value among other Latin American cities.
There are large open boulevards, river views and trendy outdoor restaurants and bars.
 The Puente de la Mujer, Spanish for Women's Bridge, is a 335-foot-long suspension pedestrian bridge. It opened in 2001 and rotates 90 degrees to allow water traffic
So if you have time, I would highly recommend visiting some, or all, of these places while you are in Buenos Aires. 
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