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January 8, 2015

Buenos Aires

I didn't know much about Buenos Aires before I went, but it's one of the ones you think of when you're thinking of major South American cities, so it made sense as our first stop. It's a really big city and I got the feeling that it has more to offer in terms of living there rather than being a visitor - I feel like the general lifestyle is the attraction of Buenos Aires, rather than individual tourist activities. Oh, and also good if you're a dog person (I heard dogs outnumber the people in this city).


Arriving to a pink-tinged pre-thunderstorm evening. This was the view from our hotel room downtown.


On our first morning we did a tour to some sights. This was Plaza de Mayo downtown.



Caminito, a touristy street in La Boca, a neighbourhood that is generally not well off. The houses are colourful because in the past, the poorer immigrant residents of the area would paint their houses with leftover paint from the shipyards.




Recoleta cemetery is also quite famous. People are entombed above ground in really intricate mausoleums, of which there are hundreds - it's almost like a little city.




The nearby museum of fine arts (Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes).




A nickname for Buenos Aires is "Paris of the South". The reasoning for this is that particularly in Recoleta, there are lots of mansions (palaces almost) that were built French-style by rich people who felt, at the time, that European architecture was the way to go. Other than that, the city doesn't really remind me of Paris in atmosphere.


The building on the right was built by Corina Kavanagh, who'd fallen in love with the son of an aristocratic family who didn't approve. So, as most people do, she commissioned the construction of a skyscraper to block the family's view of their church (on the left).


Argentine ice cream (helado), quite similar to gelato, in dulce de leche (what else?).


We also took a turn around Palermo Soho, a really hip neighbourhood with boutiques and cute cafes and so on. It's like most hip neighbourhoods you'd find around the world, when you're there you could be anywhere really.


Tried some famous Argentine steak. I usually don't eat much steak so I can't really say whether it was good or bad, but I enjoyed it.

48 comments:

  1. Looks like a nice trip with nice weather too! I really like that you add tidbits of information about the places you visit :]

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    1. I feel like a bit of context is always useful!

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  2. Caminito looks amazing, like Buenos Aires is breath taking!
    I hear what you're saying about it being similar to Paris in some of the architecture. It seems really diverse though from what you've shared. Like super colourful and full of life :)

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    1. Caminito is very photogenic! It's definitely a bustling city.

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  3. Beautiful BA photos! It's been on my travel list but hasn't materialized yet. The story about the building to block the view of the church is funny and amazing. Looking forward to more photos.

    www.LUXESSED.com

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    1. If only I had enough money to build a skyscraper every time someone pissed me off haha.

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  4. Happy New Year Jane! I've missed you. Wishing you happiness and adventure in 2015.

    Buenos Aires looks just like I imagined in your pics. Strong European influence melted into vibrancy and the colours I think of when I think of South America. I have never been. I know people who have and they all loved it.

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    1. Your description is quite accurate, I haven't seen a lot of South America but it's the city I visited that most strongly reminded me of Europe. Happy new year to you too!

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  5. I love all the color. I was secretly wishing to see some glimpses of Che Guevera ;)

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    1. I didn't actually hear him talked about by any of the guides we had!

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  6. Absolutely beautiful photos, Jane. My camera never takes great photos xD I would love to see Buenos Aires someday.

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    1. Thank you, I'm actually a bit annoyed with my camera about the photos from this time around, it's having focusing issues.

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    2. Ahh it can't be that bad right? Everything still looks great :) curious though, do you touch them up with Photoshop or no?

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    3. Definitely, I photoshop all my photos!

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  7. So glad you shared the info about the paint. The weather looked amazing. *sigh*
    Texas Jak
    http://www.novermyhead.com

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    1. We were pretty lucky with the weather!

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  8. It looks gorgeous! I love the contrast between the European style architecture and the colorful Argentinian buildings. A new girl from Brazil just arrived to our school a couple days ago, and I have never really met anyone from South America before but she was lovely :)

    Emily // ahemitsemme.blogspot.com

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    1. Argentina in particular got a lot of European immigrants, which is why there feels to be a lot of European influence!

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  9. Ah the mismatched coloured houses are a thing of my dreams. Looks like you had fantastic weather Jane.

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    1. The weather was pretty good, similar to here!

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  10. Oh wow, the architecture is gorgeous here. It looks like you're really enjoying your trip! Happy New Year to you :)

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    1. I'm back but yeah it was great. You too!

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  11. I was going to say that parts of the city look very Parisian, esp the photo from your hotel room. I love how the houses are painted in different colours, that's a quirky fact about the poorer people pointing them from left over paint!

    Corinne x
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    1. It does make the houses pretty photogenic!

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  12. buenos aires looks so beautiful! i've never been to south america but i'd really love to go one day. it seems like there so much to see there in all the different countries, i've just not been able to fit it into any of my trips so far but i definitely want to go there soon. also i like that story about the dogs! i wonder if it's actually true.

    jessica - littlehenrylee.com

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    1. Yes definitely, I'm not done with South America yet! It does feel true, there are just SO many dogs everywhere being walked haha!

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  13. wow!! looks like so much fun! love all the colorful buildings!

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    1. The buildings definitely photograph really nicely.

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  14. Oh my goodness, Caminito is so colorful and alive! We saw a cemetery while at Hong Kong, but we didn't get a chance to see it up-close -- this one is beautiful!

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    1. Caminito is pretty busy with tourists. It is a really nice cemetery, the mausoleums are so intricate.

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  15. that's some sizeable piece of steak right there. interesting fact about why the houses are all different colours, think i'll be using that.

    Buckets & Spades

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    1. I wonder how they looked in all different colours back when they had to use leftover paint!

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  16. Beautiful pictures, love your Blog :)

    patty
    http://measlychocolate.blogspot.de

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  17. Wowie really? Dogs outnumbers the people? Is there
    a dog cafe like the cat cafe's in Asia then :P
    Anyway thanks for sharing your Buenos Aires journey!
    Xx

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    1. Didn't come across a dog cafe haha but there was a pen in a park where anyone could just come to leave the dogs for a day!

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  18. such lovely photos!

    from helen at thelovecatsinc.com

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  19. That's such a neat fact about the people painting their houses, nice to see some optimism in people!

    Looking forward to hearing more about your trip!

    ~ K

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    1. I don't know if it was optimism or not being able to get any other paint haha

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    1. There are so many parts we didn't get around to, but the places we did were pretty nice.

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  21. I literally know nothing about Buenos Aires but your pictures make me want to visit! Plus that dulce de leche ice cream goodness?! Gimme now!

    http://www.sharmtoaster.com/

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    1. There is dulce de leche EVERYWHERE, regretting not buying a jar to bring back home.

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  22. This looks like such a colourful and vibrant city. The cemetery is something I totally adore though, and your remark on it being a little city. It looks so, peaceful and "happy" too.

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  23. Amazing photos! I've been to Madrid but I've always wanted to go to Barcelona. Caminito looks especially charming Xx

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  24. Corina Kavanagh is obviously a HBIC/BAMF, L O L.
    Ah yes, La Boca--I feel like I'm finally seeing all the places mentioned in the ethnographies I've read in undergrad. Those houses are gorgeous though, despite their living conditions.

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  25. I'd love to visit Buenos Aires! La Boca looks so pretty and picturesque... And Argentinean meat is heaven for a carnivore like me.

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