Buenos Aires Travel Blog› entry 17 of 27 › view all entries
An amazing city, have been here nearly a week and are finding it hard to leave! Buenos Aires has lots of different neighbourhoods each with their own architecture and atmosphere.
Central BA is really nice, there are lots of colonial buildings so the streets are really nice to walk along. We went to see the cathedral (of course...!!), Casa Rosada - the pink house with the famous balcony that Evita used, lots of plazas, a replica big ben, and the obelisque which stands in the middle of an 18 lane road!! On a search for toilets we ended up in the justice building..where we were told there were only mens toilets and a man guarded the door while we went - most likely we werent supposed to be there at all...very puzzled looks on everyones faces! We spent some time shopping.
We are staying in one called San Telmo, the centre of tango in the city, where along with the many tango clubs there are often people dancing in the square and incredible steak houses (yes steak here does live up to expectations..and all for about 2 pounds!) On a Sunday there is an antiques market in the main square with a strange array of junk and lots of street performers and musicians.
La Boca, a much poorer neighbourhood, has a few streets of the most brightly coloured houses made of painted corrugated iron and a really good atmosphere. All along the streets there are artists showing their work, tango clubs and strange models of people (see pic!to come!).
The posh end of town is Recoleta, which has lots of parks complete with professional dog walkers trying to control about 10 dogs at a time! The main "sight" of this neighbourhood is rather bizarrely and morbidly the cemetery. Each of BA´s richest families have a little chapel like thing where they stack up the coffins of the family members, many had windows so you could peer in! We followed the crowds to Evita´s tomb.
The food here is fantastic, had an "all you can eat" in Recoleta which was so good, like the food of a posh restaurant! Also went to the same steak house twice it was so good, there was a great atmosphere with a singing mad waiter and the steak itself was about 4cm thick and huge cooked to perfection and absolutely delicious - steak will never be the same again!
BA has an amazing nightlife, people dont go out until 2 or 3am at least and stay out until the morning! We went out a few times, last night to a huge club by the docks which looked like sydney opera house- was fantastic.
Our busy time here has left us suitably tired for our 20 hour bus journey to bariloche today...!!