Thursday, February 24, 2011

Thursday -- a full day in Buenos Aires

I had a very interesting morning with a half day bus tour of the city. We were a small group of about twelve people and an English speaking guide who was very knowledgeable. We visited the areas of Puerto Madero (a new and expensive area of shops, restaurants, offices and residences along the water), Centro (with the Plaza de Mayo and Government House), San Telmo (with an old monastery turned penitentiary, turned museum), La Boca (with the colorful and touristy street Caminito), and Recoleta (with the cemetery where Evita is interred, and where there are lots of upscale residences, shops, and museums).

Don and Janice, from Baltimore, were pleasant companions. They are on the way home after finishing a National Geographic tour (expedition?) to Antarctica. Several of us left the tour at Recoleta rather than going directly back to our hotels. I did this and immediately stopped for a delicious dolce de leche (a classic gelato type treat). Then I did lots more walking and picture taking until the rain made me think that it was a good time to go back to the hotel.

I will have to leave BA in the morning to catch a mid day flight to Bariloche where I will spend the next two days. Pictured below are one of the many sculptures in the Caminito and one of several plaques on Evita's mausoleum.

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