Buenos Aires' colorful grand finale.

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Plaza Dorrego's flea market.

This was our last day in Buenos Aires. We had been planning all along to spend it in the neighborhood of San Telmo, where a Sunday market lines the streets and fills the Plaza Dorrego. We got there right when it started, at 10am, and things were just starting to come alive. We wandered the flea market and went in to a couple shops, but the main entertainment was people watching. Tourists (in weekend grubs) and locals (well dressed) starting pouring into the area, and when a sidewalk tango performance commenced, the dancing couple quickly had many spectators.

After thoroughly covering the streets of San Telmo on foot, we decided to have lunch at one of Fodor’s recommendations, La Brigada.
I wore my camouflage today!
It had the typical white tablecloths and formal waitstaff, and it seemed kind of fancy, but then it was completely decked out in sports memorabilia. We were early to arrive (as usual), but the place quickly filled up around us. I had a great mixed salad, and Steve had a steak, which was extra rare although he ordered medium. He said the meat was not good at all: tough, with no flavor. I thought Argentina was supposed to have excellent beef!? In this case, the vegetarian was happy at the steak place, and the meat eater was not! This is a rare case indeed. No pun intended. Hee hee.

From here, we took a cab to nearby La Boca neighborhood. This place is unlike the rest of Buenos Aires that we have seen. The buildings are painted in bright colors and there are several restaurants featuring tango shows for the tourists. The music from all of them collides on the street and creates a real cacophony, but the place is good fun for an hour or two. We watched some really good tango dancers, and walked along the main drag there called the Caminita, so I got what I was looking for.

Back at the apartment, I spent the whole evening making travel plans here in South America. It is nearly time to go home! And then it was time to pack, for tomorrow we are off to Patagonia.



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Plaza Dorregos flea market.
Plaza Dorrego's flea market.
I wore my camouflage today!
I wore my camouflage today!
San Telmo neighborhood.
San Telmo neighborhood.
Seltzer bottles for sale in Plaza …
Seltzer bottles for sale in Plaza…
Roasted nuts smell great.
Roasted nuts smell great.
Copper milk pails for sale.
Copper milk pails for sale.
Plaza Dorregos flea market.
Plaza Dorrego's flea market.
Plaza Dorregos flea market.
Plaza Dorrego's flea market.
Steve in San Telmo.
Steve in San Telmo.
The shopping dog.
The shopping dog.
Live entertainment at the outdoor …
Live entertainment at the outdoor…
Live entertainment at the outdoor …
Live entertainment at the outdoor…
Church in the San Telmo neighborho…
Church in the San Telmo neighborh…
Church interior.
Church interior.
Church detail.
Church detail.
Steve watches tango in San Telmo.
Steve watches tango in San Telmo.
Tango-ing street performers.
Tango-ing street performers.
Bread and other goodies.
Bread and other goodies.
San Telmo neighborhood.
San Telmo neighborhood.
Yes, but minimalism is a traveler…
Yes, but minimalism is a traveler…
Window display.
Window display.
La Brigada for lunch.
La Brigada for lunch.
La Brigada for lunch.
La Brigada for lunch.
The vegetarian is happy at the ste…
The vegetarian is happy at the st…
Steves steak and fries.
Steve's steak and fries.
At our lunch spot.
At our lunch spot.
Street vendors.
Street vendors.
Oh my. Does this qualify as animal…
Oh my. Does this qualify as anima…
Caminito is a colorful street in L…
Caminito is a colorful street in …
Along the Caminito.
Along the Caminito.
Along the Caminito.
Along the Caminito.
One of La Bocas many colorful cha…
One of La Boca's many colorful ch…
Side street in La Boca neighborhoo…
Side street in La Boca neighborho…
La Boca.
La Boca.
Tango!
Tango!
I dont think my leg bends that wa…
I don't think my leg bends that w…
Dueling dancers.
Dueling dancers.
Old guy.
Old guy.
Two more old guys (the band).
Two more old guys (the band).
He looks like a pro but hes a tou…
He looks like a pro but he's a to…
La Boca is even louder than it is …
La Boca is even louder than it is…
Laundry ...or is it for sale?
Laundry ...or is it for sale?
The not-so-colorful harbor of La B…
The not-so-colorful harbor of La …