Monday, December 22, 2014

Buenos Aires (20-21 Dec 2014)

Buenos Aires calls itself the Paris of S. America. French architects during the war years came here to continue their careers.

We did find some blue sky among the rainy days. The current poor economy shows up in poor basic repairs like sidewalks, rubbish disposal, and homelessness. 

The people in our tour group are interesting and most all have many past tours with Overseas Adventure Travel. This is definitely a different way to travel from what Ray and I are used to. We'll see. 

I'm hoping to visit this yarn shop right down the street from our hotel on Monday. 

Our group ate dinner last night at this old restaurant with a long and interesting history. Great red wine and nicely medium rare steak, enough red meat to last me awhile. 

More to come...

Trip to Patagonia - Dec 22, 2014 - Explore Buenos Aires

- from our Itinerary:

This morning, we discover the rich history of Buenos Aires—an epic tale of birth and rebirth, protests and passions, suffering and triumph set against the placid landscape of the Rio de la Plata—from a local perspective, as we explore it barrio (neighborhood) by barrio during today’s excursion.

Startling contrasts await us as we experience the bustle of the city’s cultural center. We begin with Plaza de Mayo—site of Argentina’s answer to the White House, the Casa Rosada, and the heart of Buenos Aires’ political life. From there, we wander the wide boulevards of Avenida 9 de Julio, and explore the narrow market-streets of Florida Avenue. Then, we stroll the colorful La Boca artists' district, where the Argentinean tango was born, then visit the resting place of Eva PerĂ³n in Recoleta’s extravagant cemetery. Afterward, you’ll have the afternoon free to explore the city on your own.

This evening, we are initiated into the world of the 19th-century milonga, a dance hall where the tango is practiced by newcomers and perfected into an art form by the milongueros and milongueras, keepers of the tango’s code of subtle gestures and customs. We’ll try a few steps ourselves during an included lesson.

Had a very interesting walking tour of the Recoleta neighborhood and its cemetery which houses the grave of Evita Peron who is still a strong figure in Argentine politics even though she has been dead for many years.

We also visited the La Boca neighborhood With its colorful Italian immigrant past.

The Tango took up our afternoon with a lesson that even Ray enjoyed. No I didn't get any photos.

Tomorrow we fly out of BA.

Here is a description from our tour material for this day I just described: