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La Boca, Buenos Aires

La Boca, Buenos Aires

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A tour of the Colon Theatre (el Teatro Colon) is a must and can be taken with either a Spanish or English speaking guide. This theatre is considered to be one of the best in the world with stunning acoustics and breath-taking architecture. The chamber itself has seven floors and seats 2,500 people. On the first floor, hidden against the wall you can see the hidden chambers from where widows would watch the proceedings - in the past widows weren't supposed to be seen enjoying themselves in public so would come here to watch in perfect anonymity. There are thousands of lights and a spectacular central chandelier where some singers hide during performances, their voices sounding as though coming from heaven when they sing.

La Plaza 25 de Mayo sits in front of La Casa Rosada (the Pink House) - the government buildings. This plaza is a central meeting place for many portenos (people of Buenos Aires) - it is nice to walk around or to sit on one of the park benches, but it has also seen much bloodshed in the past. It is here that the "madres de los desaparecidos" (the mothers of the people who were disappeared during military rule in the 1970's) have fought for justice, and people came to demand security from the government during the economic crisis of 2001. The plaza bears the scars of decades of pain - broken pathways, graffiti demanding justice and a noticeable security presence. La Casa Rosada is heavily guarded and a large cordon ensures that you can only get close enough to take a general photo.

The waterfront around the La Plata River  has a new development called Puerto Maderos.  It is a good area to walk around,  check out the new Santiago Calatrava Puente de la Mujer (woman's bridge- for walking only, no cars) There are also all sorts of good restaurants and great nightlife.   From here you can also catch the ferries to go to Uruguay (Colonia and Montevideo)

La Boca district is a popular barrio (neighbourhood) with tourists and for good reason. It is a vibrant area full of art and music. The buildings are painted fantastically bright colours and are fronted by tango dancers and musicians performing on the footpath. La Boca is also home to Boca Juniors - one of Argentina's biggest (and best) football teams.

Take a stroll along Calle Florida - the central shopping peatonal (pedestrian street) of Buenos Aires. This street is always bustling with people shopping, enjoying one of the many sidewalk cafes and enjoying the porteno life. It is here where you get free tango shoes the dancers set up with a portable stereo and provide fantastic shows in the middle of the footpath. They always draw an enthusiastic crowd.

You can also visit  Plaza San Martin, nice trees, and  a good view of the Port from there.  Not far from here is also Avenida Santa Fe, one of the longest streets in Buenos Aires, here you will find many stores and Cafes.

Another area to visit is Recoleta,  and visit the famous cemetery where Evita Peron is buried.  Recoleta also has good restaurants and nightlife. Buenos Aires is a great place to stay.

The Palermo  district is a good place to visit...has excellent restaurants and cafes. There is Parque las Heras (near the street of the same name)  which is good for walks, also many small stores in the surrounding streets (closest Subte stop is Bulnes)  The Museo Evita is also in Palermo district, for those who may be interested about learning about her life.

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Plaza San Martin

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Tower of the English in San Martin Square
Tower of the English in San Martin Square
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For all the British desperately wanting to feel at home: on the San Martin you will find a replica of Big Ben given to Buenos Aires by the city of London.

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La Boca

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La Boca, Buenos Aires
La Boca, Buenos Aires
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La Boca is the Italian part of town. As you would expect it is very lively and colorful. Stroll through the artists’ market in the Caminito an open-air gallery whose corrugated iron and timber houses are covered with bright scenes depicting the tango and local architecture.

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Metropolitan Cathedral

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On the plaze de Mayo is the Metropolitan Cathedral which houses the tomb of national hero Jose San Martin.

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National Museum of Fine Arts

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The National Museum of Art houses both international and Argentine works that are a delight to see.  All the old masters are here.  My favorites are the Monet and his impressionist counterparts.  Admission is free but you can if you like donate to the cause or help by purchasing some of the literatrue they offer.  I have seen some world class exhibits and art musems and this one ranks with the best.  A must see in Buenos Aires.

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Florida Avenue

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Florida Street
Florida Street
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Lined with shops it runs from the Plaza de mAyo to the Plaza San Martin. Leather goods, clothing, and practically anything you are looking for at one third the cost in Europe and North America.  Not to Mention the fact that the most famous hair dresser in Argentina has his shop in the Galleria. 

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Recoleta

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Cemetery Entrance in Recoleta
Cemetery Entrance in Recoleta
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The place to be for the dead, rich & famous. Ornate mausoleums make for macabre sightseeing. Evita the charismatic wife of Argentine leader Juan Peron is buried there.

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Chacarita

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Carlos Gardel (Tango singer) and Juan Peron (former president) have thier tombs here. Less ornate than recoleta.

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Museo de Arte Latino Americano Buenos Aires = MALBA

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This museum is rather new in Buenos Aires and offers many good expositions on modern Latin American art. Situated close to Plaza de Francia - Recoleta on Avenida Figueroa Alcorta 3415. Open all days expect Tuesday. Wednesday free entrance. Other days 7 pesos entrance fee.

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Plaza de Mayo

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Plaza de Mayo is the square where the grieving mothers of the desaparecidos (the disappeared) kept their vigil during the country’s Guerra Sucia (Dirty War)

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Avenida 9 de Julio

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Av. 9 de Julio
Av. 9 de Julio
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The world’s widest avenue Avenida 9 de Julio.

In the heart of the city is the Casa Rosada (Pink House—the office of the president) and the

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Nuestra Senora de la Merced

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Nicest of the many cathedals in town. Lindsey:

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Oldest Methodist Church in South America

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While walking the streets of this beautiful city, my wife and I happened upon the oldest Methodist Church in South America according to the historical marker.  A magnificant structrue adds to the charm of the other great places of worship in Buenos Aires. 

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