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Bridge of Woman in the background, Puerto Madero district

Back to civilization, we spent Christmas and Boxing Day in Buenos Aires. Christmas is a much celebrated festival but not with the usual loud Christmas carols and decorations everywhere. Instead, it is more of a family gathering. Arriving in Buenos Aires in the afternoon on the eve, there was still plenty of activities going on in the streets. But as the evening came, the streets became substantially quieter and almost all the shops were closed.

The good thing was that we were staying in the Palermo neighbourhood and the restaurants and bars in Palermo Hollywood were open and full of people. As midnight drew closer, the first of the fireworks could be heard all over the streets. As midnight came, we went to the rooftop to watch the many fireworks, big and small, being fired by the residents into the sky.

The huge angels at the tomb
It certainly scared the hell out of the birds as many of them were fluttering all over the place.

The city only came back to life in the afternoon on Christmas Day. People were slowly coming out to walk their dogs, to enjoy the warm sunshine with temperature of 30 deg C, to have a meal at the cafes and bring life back to normal again.

We did the usual tourist stuff of visiting the La Recoleta Cemetry, having a meal at the famous Cafe Tortoni downtown which we found it to be a rip off as the food was nothing to rave about for that kind of prices, visiting San Telmo which in my opinion sold all sort of tourist junks and souvenirs. The antique shops could be interesting if one is looking for some antiques.

A local cafe, Tolon, located at the junction of Avenida Santa Fe in Alto Palermo was more our type of cafe.

There are many dog walkers in the city but this man beats the rest with walking 19 dogs at one go!
It was visited mostly by locals and they had a wide choice of alcoholic and non alcoholic drinks in addition to a great menu. The only drawback was that the menu was only in Spanish and our Spanish was almost non-existent. The waiters could manage only a bit of English and we had to rely on our dictionary to help with the ordering.  

The ice cream from Freddo is a must try when one is in Buenos Aires. It is an ice cream chain and their outlets could be found throughout the city.

We ended the trip with eating one final Bife de Chorizo in one of the steakhouse before departing Buenos Aires. 

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