"Argentina is by far a too big..." Argentina Favorite Tip by Popol_Vuh

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Favorite thing: Argentina is by far a too big country as to be known in only one trip (unless you plan to stay there for some months ...). You should then start by the begining: Buenos Aires. There, three things: First, the SAN TELMO neibourghood (old Buenos Aires with its Tango nightclubs, its 'conventillos' (old houses where poor immigrants or artists use to live) and 'casonas' (big old houses in Spanish colonial style). Second, LA BOCA neiborghood, the old Italian immigrants part of Buenos Aires: colorful, picturesque, nostalgic. And last but not least, the RECOLETA neighborhood, with its cemetry (where most of the elite is buried in, included Evita PERON), its church (Iglesia de Nuestra Seņora del Pilar) and its 'plazas' (many squares which host cultural events, nice gardens and open spaces with artists exhibiting their works.
If you have more time, then go to the Palermo neibourghood for the Botanical Garden, the Zoo, the Rose garden, the Planetarium or the Polo grounds. Or again, if you want to do some shopping, go to Santa Fe avenue ... from top to bottom, the right place for making your credit card happu (oups !). As monuments spread all over Buenos Aires you have: La Casa Rosada (Presidential palace), the Metropolitan Cathedral, the Microcentro neibourghood (it's The CITY of BA with the Obelisc and many squares) and, almost forgot, the COLON Theatre ... just spectacular (if you have the chance to get inside for a guided visit, you won't regret !)

Fondest memory: I have friend in Buenos Aires (it makes it all easier, of course !) who knew a lot about San Telmo's history ... he could almost tell me the story of each house in there, with dates, people's names, old owners, what they had been in the past and what they are now. San Telmo is beautiful by itself, but knowing what's behing each wall makes you fall in love of its charme !

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  • Written Aug 25, 2002
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