S: Argentina 2010
FC: 2010 | Argentina
1: Buenos Aires March 2010 | This complex, energetic, and seductive port city, which stretches south-to-north along the Rio de la Plata, has been the gateway to Argentina for centuries. "Portenos", as the multinational people of Buenos Aires are known, possess an elaborate and rich cultural identity. They value their European heritage highly--Italian and German names outnumber Spanish, and the lifestyle and architecture are more European than any other in South America. The food is fabulous and consists of medialuna and cafe con leche for breakfest, Lomo (steak), ensalada Mixta and a Quilmes (beer) for lunch, and lomo, chorizo (sausage) or milanesa for dinner and of course dulce de leche for dessert.
2: Arrived in Buenos Aires, March 2nd, 2010. We stayed our first few nights at the infamous "Hotel Ritz" which has now been converted into a youth hostel.
4: Sitting proudly at the heart of Plaza de Mayo in the area of Buenos Aires known as “Centro" is La Casa Rosada. Translated to English, La Casa Rosada literally means “The Pink House.” This Italian style structure, known to locals as “Casa de Gobierno” or Government House, is where each President of Argentina has worked since it was built in the late 1800s. | La Casa Rosada | Christina, Dad, Ruth
6: Birthday Dinner Celebration at "Austrias"
8: La Boca is the oldest, most colorful, and most authentic neighborhood in Buenos Aires. The neighborhood was settled and built by Italian immigrants that worked in the warehouses and meatpacking plants in the area. La Boca is partly an artist colony, and mostly a working-class neighborhood. | La Boca
10: Caminito | La Boca’s magnetic appeal is captured in the vividly painted narrow street, Caminito” Being poor they built shared housing (conventillo) from discarded materials such as wood and corrugated iron scrounged from around the warehouses. Elevated from the ground to avoid occasional floods, the houses were long and narrow with small private rooms running off a central large patio area. To further save money, the houses were painted in a patchwork quilt of color, using a variety of leftover paints from the shipyards. | Craig Tango Dancing
11: The Boca Juniors is one of the biggest soccer teams in Argentina and happens to be one of the clubs that the soccer great Diego Maradona played for. Their stadium, La Bombonera, is not so surprisingly located in the La Boca barrio.
12: San Telmo
13: San Telmo is the oldest barrio (neighborhood) of Buenos Aires. It is a well-preserved area of the Argentine metropolis and is characterized by its colonial buildings. Cafes, tango parlors and antique shops line the cobblestone streets, which are often filled with artists and dancers. San Telmo's attractions include old churches, museums, antique stores and a semi-permanent antique fair in the main public square, Plaza Dorrego. | Sitting with Mafalda
15: Recoleta Cemetery houses for their eternal rest most of Argentina’s forefathers and outstanding public celebrities as well as politicians. It has 4700 cripts, distributed in a map of squares and wide inner streets, setting up an area of 50.000 square meters. The burial chamber of Eva Peron (Evita) is the most visited site of the Cemetery. The crypt was made in an art deco style, with a bronze door craftily marked with leaves and flowers, fitted in pilasters and an exquisite ornamental front.
16: Luján is best known for its large neo-gothic Basilica, built in honor of the Virgin of Luján, the patron Saint of Argentina.
19: Estancia | ""Santa Suzanna""
20: to Uruguay | Boat trip
23: The McDonald's Girls
25: The area's name derives from the “tigres”or jaguars that were hunted there, on occasions, in its early years. The area was first settled by Europeans who came to farm the land, and the port developed to serve the Delta and to bring fruit and wood from the Delta and ports upstream on the Paran river.
26: Tango Show | ""Senor Tango""
28: Palermo | The area was started by the dictator Juan Manual de Rosas that built gorgeous parks as playgrounds for Argentina's elite. Palermo is broken up into the sub-areas of Palermo Viejo, Palermo Chico, Palermo Soho and Palermo Holywood.
29: Who cut the cheese? | My friend the Bassett hound
30: Sunday Brunch with the Tartaglini's