We walked a lot today… a lot. We left the hotel, walked up to the 9th of July Avenue (incidentally, this is the widest avenue in the world) and headed east. Along the way we saw restaurants, stores and businesses. After a half mile or so we ended up at El Obelisco. This is a national historic monument and icon of Buenos Aires. Located in the Plaza de la República, in the intersection of avenues Corrientes and 9 de Julio, it was built to commemorate the fourth centenary of the first foundation of the city.
Here we took a little detour down Lavalle St. This is a pedestrian only street, filled with shops of every kind, money changers (the dollar is in huge demand) and restaurants. Ida found two nice leather purses, and with the US Dollar, she got a great price.
We walked back to the Teatro Colon, an opera theater built at the turn of the 1900’s. Patterned after Italian and French examples, it is a beautiful and elaborate structure. It is large, will hold around 3,000 people and still no amplification is needed. It is said to have the best acoustics in a large hall in the world. Most impressive.
After our theater tour we walked back to the hotel on Lavalle and Florida Streets. Once again, stores and eating establishments everywhere… and lots and lots of people. And it isn’t even evening yet!
This evening we took in a dinner Tango show. It was thrilling to sea and hear the Tango, performed by Argentinians, in Argentina!
We are staying in a neighborhood where night time activities can be somewhat sketchy. Nevertheless, we had to eat, so off we went to a place recommended by our hotel (Don Ernesto’s). We had an excellent meal, starting with a very nice salad, with lots of hearts of palm. Our main course consisted of two huge cuts of meat: a rib eye, and a filet. Washed down with a very good Malbec, we needed the 8 block walk home.
But when we got outside we saw a wine shop, where we met an owner most willing to please. We bought another bottle of Malbec, Ida got a unique Malbec rose and a fine drinking Malbec. Ours is for consumption at the hotel, Ida had hers packed for travel.
Romola and I met with our new friend Carlos, who took us to a very old traditional coffee house and bar. Dust on the bottle, manually turned meat slicer, very rustic. A nice way to spend the evening!
Our second day in Buenos Aires was mainly an orientation day. We walked all over the place, got lost, found our way again, and had a great time. Getting lost is a good (but possibly dangerous) way to learn a city.
After hitting a few of the main shopping streets, we ended up in Puerto Madero, where the old warehouses were refurbished and made into shopping and eating locations. Nice place to stroll along the water and see the sights.
We managed to get out of Dallas between two winter storms. Lucky we made it! Had an uneventful flight, although sitting in an airplane for 11 hours (and a 3 hour jet lag) does tire one out. Just the same, we went for a walk in the San Telmo neighborhood, where our hotel is located. Tomorrow we explore further.
If you read my last post, you know that we are leaving for Buenos Aires tomorrow. But last night the temperature dropped, it started to sleet, and now the whole Dallas Fort Worth areas has come to a slip sliding halt. Only the foolish and the officials are out there moving. Flights are being canceled.
We parked our motor home at some friend’s house yesterday, before the mess started. Hopefully it is all right. We are staying at Tanya and Shane’s house to wait out the storm.
Not sure when all this is supposed to end, but let’s hope our flight to BA tomorrow isn’t delayed, or worse, cancelled…..
On February 24, 2014 we start our next big trip… circumnavigating (mostly) South America.
We will spend 4 days in Buenos Aires, and sample some of the local scenery, food, and culture. We look forward to a lot of scenery, some great food, and of course — Tango!
On march 1 we board the Infinity (Celebrity Cruise Lines) to begin the first part of out 4 week cruise. We will sail to Uruguay, then through the Drake Passage (reputed to be the roughest seas on earth), then up through Chile. On the 14th day we arrive in Santiago, Chile.
After one day in Santiago, we cruise north and touch base in Peru. We will see Panama, as we cruise the entire Panama Canal. A few more stops, and arrive in Fort Lauderdale. From here by plane back to Dallas.
Should be a terrific cruise!