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EXPERIENCES IN BUENOS AIRES - TOURS IN BUENOS AIRES - 4 DAYS IN BUENOS AIRES
Today is 19 of June. We met Meg and Rose in May Square as we are going to visit the oldest part of the city of Buenos Aires. We are going to walk San Telmo neighborhood. So we start in Plaza de Mayo to begin our trek towards Plaza Dorrego where is the famous antique market. We have the lovely company of another tourist that wanted to learn more about the history of Argentina and Buenos Aires. So, we are four people in total. We start walking Defense street for its narrow and cobbled streets. We see the paths to traders. Some are building their posts and some others had already taken positions to sell their wares to locals and tourists. Defense street has a special feature: the neighbors defended themselves from the attack of the English in the invasion of 1807, mainly spewing hot water and boiling oil on the head of the enemy forces.
On the Defense Street you can see the oldest church in the city of Buenos Aires. As well you cyan see the mausoleum of Juan Manuel Belgrano, creator of the Argentina flag, and important old houses from 1800 (Spanish , colonial, with large and beautiful architectural style courtyards). San Telmo is a jewel of the city. It seems that is sleeping, waiting to be polished soon. I wish I could find it renewed. If something is missing in this district, it is to see improved or at least bright as new at it was in their times of yesteryear.
Rose is attracted by the posts and their products and she looks, browse and buy some things. Luckily our time is plentiful and we all enjoyed the ride as we walk. Also we found in the street defence El Zanjon de Granados (the oldest ruins of the very first colonial fort of 1536), with minimum house and the oldest pharmacy in the city. The minimum house tells the story of the African Americans slaves in Argentina. The yellow fever, the poverty, the internal battles and international wars are responsible of the disappearance of the black race in our country (and of course being one of the first countries in the world that had abolished the slavery). So, all these stories told in the right time to make the ride more enjoyable and entertaining. We also are lucky enough to see and hear a band playing a piece of Tango a few meters away from the minimal house. San Telmo is characterized, mainly at sundays, by the bohemians artists. The music fill the neighborhood. One of my favorite things in San Telmo is the market of 1898 that is full of fruits, meats and vegetables, and as well some antiques (This market is not the antiques market located in Plaza Dorrego).
So we keep walking Defense street to reach one of my favorite Italian restaurant in Buenos Aires called Amicci Mei. The truth is that after walking 2 hours our stomach were empty and all of us were hungry (2 hours is what it take you to walk only 10 blocks on Defence street due of the crowd). So, we eat in front of Plaza Dorrego and we sit to eat some good Italian/Argentine style pasta. After almost an hour of laughs and talks, we finally left the restaurant so we can visit the antiques market, located at Plaza Dorrego. We took some time too to visit the house of the Ezeiza family only a hundred meters from the market. This house is well known because is one of the scenes of the movie Focus from Will Smith which was filmed in several locations in Buenos Aires. So, having finished our walk through those places, we resumed our way through the calle Balcarce, avoiding for a while agglomeration of people that you can find on the street Defense. Rose wanted to walk back on Defense Street. So we return all the way looking handcrafts and antiques till we reach to Plaza de Mayo. I did not wanted to end our Sunday in like that. So I offered them to have a coffee together in the historical Cafe Tortoni (the oldest in South America) but the number of people waiting at the door and our fatigue did not let us enjoy our perfect ending. Therefore, we decided to end our day returning for good to the hotels and rest as Argentines do in a Sunday afternoon: with a good nap (or siesta).
With this we have finished our half day tour of Buenos Aires, intense, fun and entertaining. You can see below photos of the tour and our day together in San Telmo below.