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Buenos Aires

The Spain of the West

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We arrived late or early into Buenos Aires depending on your slant on things. 2am in my view is late especially as we were up at dawn on Easter Island. Made worse by the fact that our many hours in the air/on the ground with LAN has not included any lounge access. Qantas Club is no good in South America.

Somebody made the comment and I think they are right. LAN is good in the air but lousy otherwise. The preparation for flights and baggage handling is pretty ordinary. Touch wood we haven't lost our bags yet.

We caught a cab to the Buenos Aires Intercontinental in Merino Street which is located centrally in the city. The city is very large with lot's of streets. One can get lost very easily.

downtown

downtown

Narrow sheets and lots of cobblestones

Narrow sheets and lots of cobblestones

Nice architecture

Nice architecture

It had been 5 days since we last washed and Mandy was beside herself so it was off to find a laundromat. The great Holmes's search in transit.

found one a few blocks from the hotel

found one a few blocks from the hotel

One job down, one to go. An Argentinian steak for Tony. We were recommended in the search for this monster by the concierge. So it was off we went. Three blocks south and two north we found the meat. A very nice restaurant, warm and the waiter spoke english. My steak awaits.
Nice Sirloin

Nice Sirloin

We were in Buenos Aires for 4 days, a chance to rest but not too long. After day one laundry it was time to tour. The tour took us to sites around the city and Bocca. Here is a selection.

Ready for the tour

Ready for the tour

Mandy takes the tour

Mandy takes the tour

Presidential Palace

Presidential Palace


The Argentinian's are a very political bunch, protests everywhere.

Bocca - very colourful

Bocca - very colourful


A few things that Argentinian's love and in no particular order;
Soccer (football)
Maradona (ex footballer)
Steak (footballer's favourite food)
Evita (wife of a famous football fanatic)

Maradona in Bocca a famous footballer and team

Maradona in Bocca a famous footballer and team

And Tango dancers in restaurants

And Tango dancers in restaurants

The tour included the local cemetery which is the resting place of Evita. They love her but not her husband the ex president. A lot of history here.
The cemetery was surprisingly interesting albeit a bit creepy. Lots of money spent on the dead. Cats everywhere and people kissing mausoleums. Strange for a non believer like us.
Evita's resting place

Evita's resting place

Mandy taking the tour

Mandy taking the tour

We got off the tour early and headed for dinner early. Still very tired and needed to catch up.

Tomorrow we explore the city.

Posted by mandt0413 14:33 Archived in Argentina

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