Chocolate, Churros, and a Three Hour Tour
Buenos Aires Travel Blog› entry 3 of 5 › view all entries
June 30th, 2007 – by: pfeiffe4
On Monday, Cara, Erika, and I decided to head back into Buenos Aires to visit the famous Plaza del Mayo, where the national government buildings are housed. After looking around the Casa Rosada, (a pink rip off of the White House) and the national cathedral, we decided to grab some coffee at the famous Cafe Tortoni, Buenos Aires' premier spot to enjoy a cup of coffee and the views of Argentine waiters in tuxedos. Built in 1850 something, the cafe epitomizes the old world elegance that defines Buenos Aires as well as the rich food that's making me gain a pound or two. At the cafe, we enjoyed churros con chocolate, which I'm pretty sure is the national snack. Trust me when I say that the chocolate, which is served in pitchers, at Cafe Tortoni is without a doubt the best in the world.
On Tuesday the school hired out a professional Argentine guide to take us on a a three hour tour (very Gilliganesque) of the city. After seeing the Plaza del Mayo for the second time, we headed to a neighborhood called La Boca. Although not the best section of town, we enjoyed La Boca's famed rainbow houses, so ecclectically colored because the first inhabitants of the neighborhood could not afford to buy paint and thus had to rely on using leftovers from the neighboring shipyard. After taking as many photos as we could, we headed on to the Cemetary at Recoleta, a city of tombs that the Argentines astutely refer to as a necropolis.
At night we stuck around the city in the area of San Telmo and were surprised to find that even at 7 30, none of the famous "Parilla" or Argentine barbecue places were open for dinner, a testament to how nocturnal this society really is. However, we did find a small place to share a few snacks and then headed home, exhausted, but having had a great day.
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