Colorful La Boca
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March 7th, 2009 – by: jennifer_z
The Obelisk is cosidered to be one of Buenos Aires's most prominent landmarks. It was built in 1936 on the site where the nation's flag was first raised. That year an anniversary of Buenos Aires foundation was celebrated.
Plaza San Martin is probably the most beautiful downtown plaza in BsAs, this plaza was an earlier slave market and military quartert. Beautiful leafy trees predominate now with a glorious monument to San Martin on the northwest side opposite the magnificent Palacio Sna Martin – the Foreign Ministry building. The plaza is surrounded with grand palaces of bygone landed barons – now with new tenants: Palacio San Martin, Circulo Militar, the National Park building and the Marriot Plaza hotel.
Before I went to Argentina, I thought the house in Buenos Aires are all colorful. But it turned out that only the house in La Boca are colorful.
La Boca is a contrasting port neighborhood with a very characteristic atmosphere: wood and metal low houses painted in very bright colors. The use of colour and the area's artistic tradition, which is still in evidence today, was heavily influenced by Benito Quinquela Martín, one of Argentina's most famous painters, who used his artwork as a form of social protest. His powerful images of this working class neighbourhood can be seen at the recently renovated Museo de Bellas Artes Quinquela Martín, along with the work of other local artists. Wall paintings and sculptures ornament Caminito Street where people can find painters as well as dancers and singers performing tango music.
At Caminito Street is where you see colourful houses, souvenir shops, local artist selling their art work, the tango dancer perform their skills and where you'll find tourist from other continent congregate.Nearby there are many restaurant, Italian Tavern and coffee bar. In some of the restaurant the Tango dancer will entertain while you are eating your lunch. Not far is the Boca Soccer Jnr Stadium. It is the home of Boca Junior Soccer club. Diego Maradona did play with the club.
Of course, the main reason folks go to La Boca is to take a walk down Calle Caminito. And despite the usual hucksters and vendors, the street really is like an open-air museum. Somebody told me that there is a tango song named "Calle Caminito", but I have not heard of it yet. In short, La Boca is a must-go place. This is where the artistic inhibitions flow, where the tango begun, where Maradona started his football career.
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