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EXPERIENCES IN BUENOS AIRES - 5 DAYS IN BUENOS AIRES
March 21. Day one. A visit to the old city.
Hello Everyone! Today is 21 of March of 2016 and is the arrival of Ann to Buenos Aires. Ann is a beautiful lady from United States. Lawrence introduce us some time ago as we shared some nice moments in several tours in Argentina when he was visiting our country. Lawrence is an adorable tourist (and friend) originally from Washington that now live in Sao Paolo.
So Ann arrived really early in the morning. We arrange the first meeting in the hotel and I really wanted to start our day in one of my favorites restaurants that is next to one of the oldest squares in the city. This square is called Plaza Dorrego or Dorrego Square. Then, we had really nice pasta next to the square and we talk about everything. What she was expecting of Buenos Aires... her tastes, her plans, what she wanted to see, etc. Of course I recommend her some things that I though it worth to visit.
Ann don’t like much the pictures so I had to insist a little bit as I want to have some memories of her and I want her to have some memorable pics of her visit to the country. All of the pics of this post are from our days together.
Ann had 5 days in the city. So I had plan many visits to important museums and nice places. When you have more time in Buenos Aires is better to relax, sit in a restaurant or coffee shop and enjoy the neighborhoods. I highly recommend to visit the museums of each neighborhood. You don’t need to run. Remember that you are in holidays! I love to do a city tour in a day or two but I think that you miss a lot of interesting parts.
After a long talk we leaved the restaurant and we went to see the first attraction of the day in the neighborhood. The "Ezeiza house" is an old traditional house from an aristocratic family of Buenos Aires. So we took some pictures, we went to see some antiques shops and clothes and we continue our tour walking the "Defensa" street. And of course there are a lot of secrets of the square, of the house, and the street that I explained while we were walking.
So Ann loved all the beautiful traditional Spanish arquitecture. Old and beautiful houses you can find all around the neighborhood. Now a days this houses are painted in colors and thats one of the reasons why I consider San Telmo a Jewel in Buenos Aires.
Ann seems to like specially the houses and some antiques. In deed, we stop in many shops just to see their products.
In defense street you can find the very old market of San Telmo (not the antique market that is in the square). That market is from 1898 and is still open. We saw as well the smallest house of Buenos Aires. The story of the black community in Argentina is related to this neighborhood. We saw also Mafalda, a super famous cartoonist of Argentina called "Caloi" invented her and She is well known specially in Spain and Italy and in many other countries in the world.
In San Telmo you can find a lot of churches. We visited some of them, including the oldest church of Buenos Aires.
Then, we walked till we arrived to the May Square in Buenos Aires. We saw the Cabildo, the Pink House, the National Bank and we visit the Cathedral. We continue walking Florida street till we reach the hotel.
That was the end of the tour for us.
SECOND DAY IN BUENOS AIRES
March 22. Day two. An Aristocratic day in Buenos Aires
We started in the same part where we finished the day before. In Florida Street. We walked a few blocks from the hotel to see the marvelous shopping center called Galerias Pacifico. Galleries Pacifico is an emblem of the city cause it has paintings in the roof that were made by the best muralist artists of Argentina.
We walk and see the rest of Florida street and I planed a visit to a Palace. Not any palace. The biggest palace of Buenos Aires. The palace is called Palacio Paz. The palace has 140 rooms and is a very interesting visit. Again Ann showed a lot of interest in the place. She loved the visit. I don’t want to tell much of it cause I like people to visit the palace as it worth to take an hour of your holidays to explore the magnificent building.
As soon as we finish the tour of the palace… outside there where a lot of flags and an unusual movement of people. What was happening there? Well, the new ambassadors from around the world were giving respect to our national hero, San Jose de San Martin, as it is a tradition when they start working in our country.
We were lucky to see that and we visit the rest of the square San Martin. There you can visit the church of the Santisimo Sacramento, the Plaza Hotel, The Kavanagh Building, the Malvinas Memorial, The British Tower (now called monumental tower) and much more.
This day was the theme of “the aristocrats” and i wanted to show Ann more and more palaces. In 1900 our country was rich and everything was much different. In a way spectacular.
So, we visit the Palaces in Retiro and then in Recoleta, in Avenue Alvear. Each Family has a story and each palace usually comes with a Tomb in the Cemetery of Recoleta. Like a duo. Two for one. So, is nice to connect both places… Palaces & Tombs.
Our tour of the day was almost finishing but we had energy enough to visit the generically flower, the law University and The national Museum. More things were waiting for us at the next day.
Here you can see some panoramic pictures from the day...
THIRD DAY IN BUENOS AIRES
March 23. Day three. Museums. Evita. Perfectos Dragones & Palermo Soho.
So we wake up! we meet in the hotel and we move to the lovely palermo. We are visiting today the Malba Museum with Ann. Because we went to early in the morning, I invited Ann to a nice coffee bar in an emblematic building of Buenos Aires next to Malba. The coffee shop was good and gave us energy.
Meanwhile I do the line Ann likes to shop. It seems that is not so busy but the girl in the front desk is too slow to make sell the tickets! Ann see some stuffs that she like. She needed some gifts for her friends. So, meanwhile I do the line and I buy the tickets Ann shops. As soon as we have the tickets I look for Ann in the shop and we start the visit in the second floor. The Malba is one of the best museums that we have in the city and the best artist from the world pick that Museum for showing their art. It is suppose that Lawrence would meet us in Buenos Aires, but a problem with his airplane left us both of us alone. The show in the Museum was impressive. We liked very much. And after almost two hours we are hungry. There is a special house in Buenos Aires. Now a day that house is restaurant and the story of that place is very interesting. The house is Casa Cavia. It was a gift from Christophensen (a super famous arquitect) to his wife. Its a beautiful places to go and the meal is superb. We finish the tour going to Perfectos Dragones. It is a shop in Buenos Aires that made interesting accessories for woman. Beautiful designs and everything made with recycled materials. In this case Ann was the teacher and I was the apprentice! The place is a fabrique, it does not look like a shop at all, but once you are inside you can see a lot of beautiful things. Ann bought a beautiful purse with many colors and soft touch. I loved it and she loved it even more!
So we finished there and we took a taxi to Palermo Soho. We saw some shops. And Ann like my sister and friend help me to buy a beautiful T-shirt. I know it does not sound very profesional but when I saw it I just fall in love. So with her approval I bought my pineapple T-shirt. Thank you Ann for your patience and help me decide what was good for me!. Anyway it took 5 to 10 minutes and we continue our walking all through the area. The place is for shop and relax and get lost in the little streets. Is awesome if you like to see some street art too. I always say that when I do there I don’t want to know where I am going. Is a place to get lost… just that… don’t think just walk. You always find something interesting and if you don’t see any more nice shops then you take another street and turn around and you will see nice things. So we walked a lot that day, and Ann wants to buy some things. We walked from Palermo Soho to Alto Palermo Shopping. The day was super long already but fun. We take a taxi to the hotel in Santa Fe Avenue, direct to the Hotel. The day was over! Another day is waiting for us.
Finally, after buying, we took a taxi to the hotel. The day was not over. We wanted to receive Lawrence.
As I told you Lawrence was a tourist (now friend) that came to Argentina the year before and I was lucky to show him the city. He made the most fantastic review of me in TripAdvisor and I was really flattered when I read it. A man that has travel for many, many years, all around the world, with such experience and he said that I was the best tour guide he ever had. That is something to be proud of. That is an honor. And I am so thankful for his nice words. I am expecting him to come to Buenos Aires to live for a while, as he is a little bit bored of Sao Paolo. If he does he knows I will be here for anything he may need.
So, we arrived to the hotel and Lawrence was already in his room. We called him and we met him in the lobby. Ann is a very old friend of Lawrence and I was lucky enough to see the reunion of both of them after five years apart. It was moving. And I am thankful that they invited me to dinner with them. The place was in my hand. “Algodon” was the restaurant i picked for that night. Everything was delicious and the soft music of the guitarist sweeten our ears. What a fabulous day. Ann will leave with Lawrence to the south of Argentina. They are going to see penguins and birds, and beautiful landscapes.
So for now, I will say bye to them till Ann comes back we have a lots of days in between and I have more tours.
ANN & LAWRENCE
The best moment of all the tours! I was so happy to see them smiling and together after so long!
FOURTH DAY IN BUENOS AIRES
29 March. Day four. The Theatre Colon. The National Decorative Museum, Evita Museum. The Ateneo Bookshop.
Well, today was a day to see those places you don't do when you come to Buenos Aires and you don't have much time. We started the day in the Theatre Colon. We visit and we eat in the National Decorative Museum in Buenos Aires, we continue with the Evita Museum and we finished in the Ateneo Bookshop.
So, I pick up Ann, in the morning, at the hotel and I take her to see the Theatre Colon while I do some things for her in the city. The tour in the theatre Colon takes an hour. So when it finish the tour I was waiting for her already and we go to visit the The National Decorative Art. A museum that it was a palace from an Aristocratic Family.
We were hungry and Ann wants to try the restaurant of the Museum. As soon as we arrive there we ask for a table at the outside. The day is warm and nice. The place is beautiful and the company is the best part of all.
We finished our meal and we see properly the Museum.
For some reasons, this museum was the favorite of Ann. Of course, there are a lots of important Museums in Buenos Aires but as I am not an expert of Art and it seems that Ann knows much more than me... Probably she has very good reasons to like it. I have to study and investigate more about the permanent show of this museum as I did not pay much attention to it. I like to visit it as in this museum I can see one of my favorite paintings. It seems that I am not seeing some things that Ann does. Ann patiently explained me some of the paintings and painters that i did not hear much about them.
I was lucky enough to see the most important museums in the world and you can't compare the museums from Europe to any from Argentina. Of course in Europe you can find the best Museums in the world. Anyway I would like to say that the MALBA in Buenos Aires is something unique. iI is small, kind, interesting, modern and there you can find south american art. It is different from all the rest I have ever visit.
So we leave to see the Evita Museum. The Evita Museum tells you the history of Argentina from the Peronist perspective and gives you an idea of what was happening in the country around 1950. It is history connected to the present of our country. If you want to understand the peronism don’t doubt to visit the Evita Museum.
That day we visit also one of the most beautiful bookshops in the world: The Ateneo Bookshop.
Here you can see some pics of the day...
FIFTH DAY IN BUENOS AIRES
30 March. Last Day with Ann. Visits to the Tortoni, La Boca and Puerto Madero.
My Memory fades a little now. And from the day I don’t have any more pictures. I think that Ann was so tired of me taking pictures of her that I did not wanted to bother anymore! hahaha!
We started the day in the famous oldest coffee shop of south America called “Tortoni”. Then we visit La Boca and Caminito, the PROA museum and the Usina del Arte (that was closed and was no information at all in the webpage). In La Boca I told Ann a lot of the history of Argentina and the tradition of tango.
As soon as we finished there we went to see Puerto Madero. Ann was not so interested in Puerto Madero since is the newest part of Buenos Aires and the architecture is similar of what you can find in any city of United States. Anyway I tried to keep the interest of Ann in the place as she asked me some clever questions days before and I wanted to surprise her in her Puerto Madero with some answers.
The tour was shorter as I expected because Ann needed to return to the hotel and prepare all the things for the airplane. She was tired too of the long days we had. So many airplanes and history! I think that my job was done! Ann had a lovely holiday and I said that I will miss her (wich she didn’t believe hahaha). Well, Ann here I am writing to remember you and our days together. Probably there is some mistakes in my memories but it was pretty much what we done!
Our lovely conversations and the beautiful moments that we had together will be forever there. I hope that everything goes excellent in your life. You deserve to be happy and from Buenos Aires I will always desire the best for you.
Ann, thank you very much for trusting in me for your planning your holidays in Argentina. It was a huge pleasure to help you in everything. I was delighted to meet you. And YES I will miss you! A super big kiss for you! You are beautiful in so many ways. We will keep in contact. I am doing all the beauty treatment you recommend me! I will keep you inform! hahah! Till soon!