After arriving safely back in Ushuaia it was time to head back to Buenos Aires for a couple of nights before my flight home. Buenos Aires is the capital of Argentina and it’s largest city, with almost 3 million people. It is the birthplace of tango and home to some amazing street art.
My hotel was the same one I stayed in on the way down, but this time my room had a beautiful balcony.
This is the Casa de Gobierno (government house) which is known as Casa Rosada (pink house) for obvious reasons. It houses the government offices and this balcony is the location from which Eva Perron (Evita) gave her famous speech.
After taking the obligatory photo of the pink house it was off to San Telmo, the oldest barrio (neighbourhood) in the city, and home of the Feria de San Telmo (a street fair).
Argentinians like their “antiques”, junk and vintage soda bottles
They also love their tango. I’m told this man has been dancing tango in San Telmo every Sunday for years. It was hot and even though he was dancing, he looked as cool as a cucumber.
Lunch was a choripan- a chorizo sausage in a bun, with beer of course. This is Nuestra Parilla, known to the locals as Freddies. It’s basically a take out place, with just a few spots to stand and eat, and you should have seen the lineup and smelled the food!
Notes from visitors over the years plaster the walls…
From San Telmo we headed to Palermo Soho to take some photos of the wonderful street art. We were fortunate to find this young man painting this extraordinary piece.
Many of the walls are painted with this beautiful and colourful street art. I was told that left unpainted, the walls are tagged with grafitti. Once painted, they are left alone, respecting the work of the street artists.
Here are a few more that I liked..
I had heard about the tree lined streets of Buenos Aires; what I wasn’t prepared for was the size of the trees. They’re really tall and literally part of the sidewalk.
My second day in Buenos Aires I decided to go to Recoletta, to the famous Recoletta cemetery. This place is unlike anything I’ve ever seen, some of these mausoleums look like small churches.
There were a lot of stained glass windows, which from the outside were nice, but from the inside they lit up.
And of course, perhaps the most famous of all the “residents”, Eva Peron.