Buenos Aires was a wonderful surprise. Apart from booking hotels and a few flights within Argentina (to Iguazu Falls and Mendoza), I did very little planning. I wanted to arrive and then just… wander.
Do you ever feel that same urge?
At times reading too much about a destination ahead of time colors my perception of it. On the ground, I want my senses to be alive. I want to notice unexpected details and be delighted by fresh personal discoveries.
It turned out that having few expectations was a perfect way to discover Buenos Aires. My first day, I spent hours exploring the Recoleta Cemetary, San Telmo and downtown districts. In no way was I disappointed with colors, culture, sights, tango, and oh my goodness, the food!
One disadvantage of not reading up ahead of time though was that my apparel was ill-chosen. I visited Argentina in July and should have known better about the seasonal flip flop between Northern and Southern Hemispheres But at that time, I was living in San Diego and somehow “forgot” that other places didn’t have mild weather year round. I had to buy a few pieces to tide me over, including a hat and gloves when I visited Mendoza.
1. The Casa Rosada is the sight of many political rallies and speeches. I can see Eva Peron hailing the crowd from the famous balcony.
2. The Art Hotel in Buenos Aires is an excellent value. This 100 year old former townhouse is a stylish and well situated hotel in the Barrio Norte Recoleta district. The rooms were comfy and service top notch.
3. One of my favorite photographs from any of my travels is this street performer with his mini-me puppet. They are wearing identical outfits right down to the red suspenders and socks!
4. Argentina’s colors… blue and white souvenirs and jerseys abound on the streets. I wonder what the little boy in the corner is pointing at?
5. From a restaurant in the charming San Telmo district, I spied this street mime on stilts. To the crowd’s surprise, he reached down and pulled a baby into his arms. I had a few tense moments expecting the mime to stumble and the baby slip from his grasp, but baby’s mother had no anxiety at all.
6. The Recoleta Cemetary is stunning. The big draw of course is Eva Peron’s tomb, but we saw plenty of other gorgeous ones to admire.
7. I couldn’t get over the food in Argentina. It was all delicious, fresh, and inexpensive. I especially loved the flan with cajeta (which sadly, I did not photograph)
8. I realize I’m late to the party about this one, but one of my favorite “discoveries” was the thriving Tango culture. I was amazed by how prevalent the dancing and music are in Argentine lifestyle. I loved watching tango dance performers on the streets, attending milongas dance parties in the evenings, and hearing lively music trailing out of passing cars and shops everywhere.
9. Strolling the city, I happened upon this tree in a park. I couldn’t resist a photo sitting on the lovely branch. Unfortunately, I didn’t record this location. Anyone out there know?