La Boca

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The old bridge at La Boca in the foreground, with the new one behind it.

Freezing cold today, although the sun was shining.  Have had very strong winds, rattling the windows of our flat, and it whips right through you when you´re out and about.  We walked down Av. San Juan from our flat to Defensa, and had a churros and chocolate breakfast at the corner cafe.  From here we went across the Plaza Lezama all the way down Av. Almirante Brown to the river.  Around the plaza was a big market, but more for the locals because it was mostly second hand clothes and household goods.  At the bottom of Almirante Brown is the Puente Trasbordador, the old iron bridge used for transporting goods and people across the river.  Next to it is the almost identical newer version of the bridge.  The river here is a revolting black sludge with a foul smell, cleaning it up would be miraculous!  A nice walking path has been built from here to the Caminito area, where we saw all the colourful corrugated iron houses for which the area is famous.

Caminito, the famous open-air museum street filled with artists stalls and sculptures.
  AT the weekend, it is a major tourist spot, and the most difficult thing is trying to get past the touts for the restaurants and tango shows.  We also came across the local volunteer firefighters seeking donations, but they weren´t impressed when we gave them A$25, they wanted A$300!!  Not sure how wealthy they think we are, but it was way more than we had!  We did a tour of La Bombonera, the famous home ground of the Boca Juniors football team, Maradona´s old club.  Got to see the press room and the surprisingly basic home change rooms - would NOT want to take a spa in the fetid water sitting in it at the time.  The cult of Maradona is almost as big as that of Evita, and he has his own special box in the VIP area, plus every sort of tourist souvenir in the shop. 

Walked back to the National Museum in the Plaza Lezuma - it consisted of two rooms with very little in them, so glad we didn´t make a special trip.  Think this one is also being renovated, so that could explain it.  On the way back home we had a delicious ice-cream, the best one we´ve had so far.  Father´s Day here today, so lots of families out and about.

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The old bridge at La Boca in the f…
The old bridge at La Boca in the …
Caminito, the famous open-air muse…
Caminito, the famous open-air mus…
More of the colourful houses of La…
More of the colourful houses of L…
The tourist and restaurant precinc…
The tourist and restaurant precin…
A local Boca Juniors fan, subtle a…
A local Boca Juniors fan, subtle …
Noel at La Bombenera, the Boca Jnr…
Noel at La Bombenera, the Boca Jn…
The VIP boxes, with Maradona´s sp…
The VIP boxes, with Maradona´s s…