VIP TOURS BA
EXPERIENCES IN BUENOS AIRES - 4 DAYS IN BUENOS AIRES
Today is a great day to remember and be grateful of all the wonderful experiences I had the chance to live the last week with two wonderful people. It all started the day I went to book my new apartment where I was going to move. “El Ateneo Grand Splendid” is located a few blocks away from the apartment. As I always say, this is one of my favorite places in the city of Buenos Aires. So, after booking the apartment I went to buy a book and relax in the library. I always go there to find books that talk about the new things of Buenos Aires. At last, I found myself reading a book called “ABBA Buenos Aires Secrets”; something similar to the secrets I post in my blog. While checking the book out, I saw two women (mother and daughter) asking the girls working there if they knew how to go to the Recoleta Village Shopping. Having lived all my life in that neighborhood, I knew where it was. This one is located just 8 blocks from there. As I saw how lost they were and how the workers were unable to explain them successfully how to reach this place, I offered my help. The mother's name was Rosa Maria Rosemary and her daughter was called Meg.
After presenting myself to them and talking for a while, I got to know their story. Rosemary came to Argentina to work and study Spanish literature. As expected, her daughter had to accompany her and join her in this wonderful new experience. However, they had plenty of time before Meg started school again, so they decided to do a tour of the new city that they will eventually have to call home. Then, I helped them buy a map of the city and I organized them a small tour pointing out the best places in the city in the map. Finally, I told them that I had my own tourism company and walked them through the basics of my job. I told them that if they were interested I could join them and give them a tour of the best places in the city. Following this, we shared our contact information and each one took a different road.
The next day I found a mail from Rosemary saying that we should get together on Saturday. Of course I agreed and we met the next day in the same place from the first time. Saturday morning was somewhat cloudy but nevertheless, it was a quite acceptable climate to be winter. I met the girls at the cafe in the bookstore. When I found them, they were having breakfast. They offered me a coffee but I had already eaten breakfast. I told them that we could start the tour right when they finished their food. Once the girls finished their coffee, we started the tour right away. I could see how fascinated they were with everything I showed them. I was able to see their interest in the city’s history in their eyes. The first place to start with was Plaza de Mayo. Here I showed them the Obelisk, the paintings on the floor drawn by the “Mothers of the Plaza de Mayo”, the beautiful buildings of the National Bank, the Pink House, the council destination, the cathedral among many other things that surround the square. I took my time to explain them about all the history and secrets behind every monument and building there. There, we saw the inside of the cathedral and saw Liberator San Martin’s tomb. The numbers of secrets these buildings have are countless. Therefore, the amount of stories and facts I told them were not only extravagant but also unique. After a while, the girls just wanted to admire the beauty of the cathedral’s interior. I let them walk and enjoy the uniqueness of its architecture, designs and paintings at their own pace.
Once finished the tour in Plaza de Mayo, we took a taxi to La Boca neighborhood our next destination. Sometimes I do the tours starting from the southern part of the city because it is the most historical part. When I do this, I even a walk through San Telmo another neighborhood rich in secrets and history. But as it was a Saturday I recommended the girls to have them book a tour the next day to cover San Telmo. This is so because on Sundays there is a big famous selling of antique things in San Telmo and it would be a pity to miss it. So we went to La Boca and we started touring by admiring the entrance of the neighborhood. This one has a fabulous mural right in front of the Lezama Park. Then we passed by William Brown’s yellow house. We continued to reach the most touristic part of the whole La Boca, all the streets that surround the famous Caminito Street. I made the taxi driver stop right in front of a tenement. Once inside, Rosemary was really interested in learning about our national stone Rhodochrosite. I explained to her where the rock came from and why it was chosen as suck. Then we stopped to buy some gifts for Rosemary’s friends and finally she bought a shirt for her husband. After shopping we visited the museum located in the same tenement where we were able to appreciate the original floor dating from around the year 1880. Later on, we left the tenement walked a couple of blocks and reached Caminito several other places rich in stories. After a few hours of walking and empty stomachs, the girls decided it was time to eat. There is truly nothing better than eating accompanied by a tango singer and couples dancing to the song. We had lunch near the tenements.
After a unique lunch, we took another taxi that took us to the “Women’s Bridge” in Puerto Madero. As they were staying really close to it, the girls had already visited the cemetery of Recoleta and some places of the neighborhood. Logically, they were more interested in visiting other parts of the city. So we got off on the Women’s Bridge in Puerto Madero. I told them the history of the neighborhood, then crossed the bridge and walked for a while to make them understand how people used to live there. After about 20 minutes of walking we resumed our way to Microcentro to tour the first cobbled street of our city, Florida Street. Once arrived, we walked towards Plaza San Martin. Before arriving we stopped in “Galerias Pacifico” where Berni and other well-known Argentine painters, painted magnificent murals. About 10 minutes later we were arriving at Plaza San Martin. What else can we say about this place apart from everything that had been written? It is surrounded by important buildings as the hotel plaza, the Kavanagh, the Palace Paz, the Tower of the English (today called Monumental Tower), and the Anchorena Palace also known as San Martin Palace. Of course within the square you can also see the eminent equestrian monument of San Martin. This was all told in great detail for Rosemary and Meg to understand Argentina’s culture and history at its best.
When you come to Buenos Aires in winter you have to understand or know that the days are much shorter. At 6:00 pm it is already dark outside. We are usually closed by that time; however I decided to keep walking to make the most of our time together. So we set off walking towards Recoleta to see the Alvear Avenue. This famous avenue has some of the most beautiful palaces built in Argentina. I was built by Argentine aristocrats to commemorate our 100 years of independence. These palaces were built around 1910.
The tour was over only for today! More things are comming tomorrow. Read more in the next post of the visit of Rosemary and Meg to Buenos Aires. In the next you will finally meet them...