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March 5th, 2009 – by: jennifer_z
When in March, I arrived in Buenos Aires - the city with blue sky and fresh air. The weather was hot during daytimes. My hotel is just around the corner of the Avenue 9 de Julio and Florida street, so I planed to check out Florida street first.
I walked at the famous Florida street, tried to find Tango dancing performers. Because this is the place some buskers singing or dancing tango. Then I heard some people applaud and the charming tango music was there. A female dancer and 2 male dancers were performing tango. Watching the show was a true pleasure. The dances danced with passion and when the singer sang, the local people from the public joined them. I watched for a while, took some pictures, then continued my trip.Either to shop or just for a walk, Florida street is a 10-blocks street you must walk in your visit to Buenos Aires. people can buy leather goods, clothes, books, electric appliances. Right at the foot of the Florida Pedestrian street and probably one of the nosiest parts of the city sits the Banco De Boston.
Along the The Florida street, there was the famous Galerias Pacificos, which is a shopping complex. I took a look at the shopping center, found numerous well known brand clothes, shoes and other merchandise. But I'm not that into shopping during travel, so just took some pictures of the awesome ceiling paintings then left. Florida street is a nice area to observe the hustle and bustle, to feel the ambience, to see the excitement and the cultural activities.I bought icecream at a shop on the street, and walked towards to t he Avenue 9 de Julio.
It's said that Buenos Aires has the widest avenue in the world. Along the Avenue 9 de Julio. This multi-lane monster cuts 5 km through the heart of the city, taking up an entire city block in width with its up to 12 lanes of traffic. In the middle, at the crossing with Corrientes, there is an Obelisc of 67 m high marking the forth century of the foundation of Buenos Aires. Buenos Aire's flag monument is situated in the Republic Square on 9 de Julio Av. and Corrientes Av. , in front of obelisco which is, no doubt, the most characteristic architectonic piece of the city of Buenos Aires. The street was a bustling thoroughfare lined with shops and restaurants, but it's so big that it's not exactly a cozy spot to relax.The noise of the busy commercial center and the pollution from the traffic, make it more frenetic than relaxing. On the Av. 9 de Julio and Cordoba is a fountain in the way of the footpaths that border on the Av. 9 de Julio.
Along the avenue, there is the famous opera house -Theatre Colon. But it was under reconstruction now. So I didn't have a chance to watch an opera in it. Theatre Colon is considered to be one of the four great opera houses of the world. With its excellent acoustics and a capacity for 3,542 people it really is one of the most important opera houses in the world and attracting some of the most important ballet dancers, classical musicians and opera singers of the 20th century, such as: Caruso, Pavarotti and Callas.
Congreso Nacional is in front on Avenida Colon. This is one of the most beautiful building in the city.To get there the best thing is to walk along Avenida de Mayo (avenue). That street has the most beautiful buildings and it leads to this square with the Congress at the back. Congreso is an impressive building from the outside (unfortunately I didn't have time to check inside of the building), it incorporates elements from the US Capitol (the dome and wings), the Garnier Opera House in Paris (the roofline)and the topping of the four horse Triumph from the Bradenburg Gate in Berlin.
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