Tango, Steak and Art: Buenos Aires

Buenos Aires, Argentina

I’ve never flown into a city and seen so many dense, high-rise and never-ending sprawled buildings. Buenos Aires is the 2nd largest city I have ever been to. At 3 million people, with a metropolitan population of 13 million, it is ranked 32nd largest in the world. New York City surpasses Buenos Aires with a population of 8.6 million. Even though I have never seen the movie Evita, the words came into mind, “Don’t cry for me Argentinaaaa“. I actually have no idea of how I know this song.

madonna_evita_2_by_scrawnyfellaMadonna as Evita. The real Eva Perón.

buenos_aires_map_major_street_districtMap link here.
Buenos Aires is made up of several districts/neighborhoods- and we only had time to visit a few: San Telmo, Monserrat, Retiro, Recoleta and Palermo.

Recoleta-tower-TMPhoto credit. The La Recoleta Cemetario is an architectural wonder. Almost like a mini-city, this 14 acre maize was Buenos Aires’ first cemetary. Beautiful massive monuments house the famous, the rich and the legendary. Eva Perón, Argentina’s First Lady from 1946-1952, is at rest in this cemetary.

Buenos Aires’ Coat of Arms. Buenos Aires was founded twice; once in 1536 by conquistador Pedro de Mendoza– however local tribes forced settlers to move to Asunción, Paraguay- and a second and permanent time in 1580. The British invaded in the early 1800s with no success and in 1810 Buenos Aires declared their independence. Industrialization in the 20th century brought immigrants from Europe, mostly Spain and Italy, which can be seen throughout the city today: the food, the architecture and the culture all has European influence.

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The Perón years in the 1940s had a huge impact on the lives of the descamisados, the “shirtless ones”, or workers of Argentina. The Peróns, specifically Eva, opened hospitals, schools, housing projects, shelters, orphanages, social security programs and more. Eva also fought for women’s rights. In 1952 Eva died at the early age of 33, and Juan Perón was exiled during his second term of presidency.

eva-and-juan-peron-with-their-dogs-everettPhoto credit. The Peróns.

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Argentina hit an extremely low point during the 1970s and 80s’ Dirty War, when somewhere between 10,000 and 30,000 citizens were killed by Argentina’s military dictatorship who waged a campaign against suspected left-wing political opponents. The military lost control in 1983.

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Argentina came out of an economic collapse in 2001, and today Argentina is still struggling to get back on track. Regardless, Buenos Aires is a great city to absorb everything that is Argentina culture.

FullSizeRender (14)Beautiful Argentine pesos. The exchange rate now is 13.9.

11166620_cq5damweb12801280Photo Credit. Buenos Aires.

FullSizeRender (40)San Telmo.

FullSizeRender (16)What would a trip to Buenos Aires be without a night of Tango dancing? Complejo Tango. This was my highlight of Buenos Aires.

FullSizeRender (17)Parrilla, wine and Tim at a hole-in-the-wall restaurant.

FullSizeRender (13).jpgEuropean influence can be found throughout Buenos Aires in the architecture.

FullSizeRender (19)Argentine wine is a slippery slope.

FullSizeRender (11)Lemon Apartments, a beautifully modern apartment building where we stayed while in Buenos Aires.

FullSizeRender (10)Tim gazing out the window into the city life he would love to have.

FullSizeRender (12)The outdoor pool and patio at Lemon Apartments.

FullSizeRender (15)The Modern Art Museum of Buenos Aires in San Telmo.

FullSizeRender (22)Street art in San Telmo.

FullSizeRender (21)Art and architecture in San Telmo.

FullSizeRender (20)Italian influence in Buenos Aires at every corner: pizza!

FullSizeRender (23)Give this guy a glass of wine and life will never get dull.

Buenos Aires was sort of like stepping into a Latin American European mix, which is essentially, what it is. The food, buildings and people were beautiful. The dog poop on the sidewalks was not, as well as the platform shoes donned by the young women.

Off to Patagonia in southern Argentina and Chile!


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