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Cafe Tortoni´s eating area

We arrived back to BA from Colonia via the one-hour ferry crossing.  The two places couldn´t have been more contrasting - the quite cobbled streets of Colonia versus the organised chaos of Buenos Aires at rush-hour!

In this 3rd and final stop in BA, we crammed a fair bit in.  On the Friday night we went for supper and a Tango show at the legendary Cafe Tortoni.  It was hugely atmospheric which real "old school" waiters in their long black aprons and bow-ties in a setting from yesteryear.  THe tango show itself had more variety than actual tango, which was a tad disappointing, but it was well worth a visit.

The follwoing day we headed-out to a suburb of BA on the train called Tigre.

La Boca "typical house"
  There wasn´t an awful lot there, except the Mercado de Frutos, which was a furniture, fruit and tat market!  There was a lot of lovely wooden furniture there, which obviously we couldn´t strap to our back-packs and lug around the rest of the world so we came away empty-handed.

The real stand-out of the weekend was the San Telmo antiques market, which had a real "Camden Market" feel.   It was a long old road lined with antiques and general craft stalls and had so many people it looked like the start of the London Marathon with everyone bunched together!  We had a drink in another old school Porteño cafe and headed back.

On the final day we headed-over to La Boca.  La Boca was originally build by Italian settlers from Naples and has a very colourful feel and is home to Club Atletico Boca Juniors, one of the best football teams in South America.

Cafe Tortoni
   We stuck to the tourist streets like glue - it has a deserves reputation of being one place that you do not want to be at night!  We made it along to "La Bombonaria" "Chocolate Box) stadium, so called because of the tight layers of stands around the pitch.  Sadly, there was no chance for us to have watched a game there as the season had finished, but we couldn´t even sit in Maradona´s executive box or see the pitch because they were preparing for a concert and it was covered!

We just about made it to the bus station for our bus to Mendoza - but only just!  We booked a taxi over an hour before our bus was due to leave, but due to the gridlock, we didn´t get there until 2 minutes before it was due to leave - Jeremy managed to carry both bags and run ahead just as the bus was boarding and due to leave!!  Another 30 seconds later and we would have missed our bus to Mendoza and it is at the time of year which means it would have been very difficult to have got another.  We have never seen traffic like it!

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Cafe Tortoni´s eating area
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