Warning ....this blog may be long.....
07.05.2011 - 13.05.2011 20 °C
This blog entry is dedicated to the memory of Aunt May xx
We booked an apartment in Buenos Aires for a week in the barrio of Palermo Botanico - we wanted a chance to set our own pace, unpack our bags and cook our own food for a while. Noush also needed time to take it really easy as her cold/flu was now in her lungs so staying in one place would help her recover.
First things first, Buenos Aires is cool. Believe everything you've heard - it does have a European feel - reminiscent of a sunny Paris but on the water. It is also handily divided into barrios which makes navigating it lovely and easy. Oh and the tube costs about 25p per trip (um...hello TFL) which adds to the feeling of simplicity. Not that we used the metro much as BsAs is such a lovely city to walk around. Rather than give you a day by day account I will instead give you a guided tour in photos. The only other thing that I can tell you about the week is that Noush did start to make a recovery after about 3 days pretty much in bed and some crazy strong over the counter meds, we downloaded a lot of True Blood and I got to roast a chicken for the first time in 5 months....yum.
We spent Sunday in the barrio of San Telmo - a downtown area which is famous for it's Sunday antiques market and tango dancers. We filled an afternoon just mooching around, looking at the stalls and shop windows, drinking coffee and eating cake in Bar de Plaza Dorrego and watching the fabulous tango dancers in the square - young and old.
Centro is the area for shopping and historical buildings. The hub is Plaza de Mayo which is flanked by law buildings and the presidential palace, Casa Rosada (you'll see why). Casa Rosada is famous for the balcony from which the Peron's made their impassioned speeches. It's a gorgeous square and still home to a healthy amount of political demonstration which the Argentinians appear to love. In this area there are also huge shopping malls and more stores than you can shake a stick at - no matter how dire the Argentianian economy may be, the portenos love to shop. This also used to be the home of the only other Harrods outside of Knightsbridge (before they did all those horrendous concession souvenir shops in airports). Built in the 1920s, it closed during the recession of the 1970s and just sits their like a tomb of consumerism to this day.
We paid a visit to Cafe Tortoni while we were in this area - originally opened in the late 1800s and virtually unchanged, it's charming and the staff in bowties add to the glamour. Unfortunately due to dim lighting the photos are a bit squiffy so I've left them out but it was a lovely way to spend an hour after walking the city streets.
I have so many photos from Recoleta, I'm going to put it in a second blog. Give you all a chance to make a cup of tea or get a glass of wine.