Just around the corner from Retiro Train Station is the Museo Nacional Ferroviario (National Railway Musum). While it only has a couple of rail cars, the museum is well done with a great collection of smaller items from the history of rail transportation in Argentina.
While we had a fail on Saturday with a tour of San Telmo, our day Sunday turned out much better with a tour along with Silvia from Buenos Aires Eclectic of the Barracas Barrio.
We started out at La Casa De Los Leones, the House of the Lions. Home to Eustoquio Diaz Velez, who was a rich land owner in the 1800s. Legend has it that Diaz Velez kept lions on the property, and one night one escaped and killed a boyfriend of one of his daughters.
Across the street is the historic house Ingles Montes.
Many of the buildings along the street have great detail.
Dating from the late 1800s the Santa Lucia Church graces the street amongst the 15 floor apartment buildings.
The area has gone through some gentrification, with these 30 floor apartment buildings standing along side 1800s buildings.
A Buenos Aires staple, the Aguila Chocolate factory was a major neighborhood employer. The company still exists, but the iconic factory is now a grocery store.
As with most Buenos Aires neighborhoods, there is some interesting graffiti.
Lanin Street is so cool I have dedicated an entire posting to it – following this posting.
Plaza Colombia has this great sculpture and flagpole.
While nearby is the spectacular Santa Felicitas Church. Built in German Gothic style it is one of, if not the only, example of this style in the world.
The courtyards are elegant.
The basement has what is known as the Tunnel Museum, with the history of the church and the neighborhood.
They had a collection of nun wardrobes!
Much of the museum was dedicated to the immigrant community.
A local cooking legend, Dona Petrona, was also featured.
The upper level had a nave, but is no longer used as a church – it now serves as a community center.
Many thanks to Silvia for an informative and entertaining tour.
Another sunny Saturday was the perfect day to take a ‘Tours for Tips’ of a neighborhood, this time back in San Telmo. Unfortunately the tour guide didn’t show so we set off on our own – finding plenty of unique sights.
We arrived at the 2nd major rail station in Buenos Aires – Constitucion. It is a classic!
Next stop was Parque Lezama, and the Palacio within.
We continued on into the main part of the neighborhood.
… checked out the shops in and around San Telmo Market.
Santo Doningo Basilica
A close up of the Casa Rosada
And finally at the Kirchner Cultural Center. Who needs a tour guide!
Dating from the late 1800s, the Carlos Thays Botanicall Garden is a beautiful setting for the plants, trees, sculptures and buildings that make up the 17 acre urban oasis. It is located just off the Plaza italia.
Most people when they are in Buenos Aires want to see some soccer/football, as the Argentine fans are known as some of the most passionate. When they come to the city they usually want to see one of the two ‘big time’ teams, Boca Juniors or River Plate.
I however had the chance to go to a very cool old stadium in the Parque Patricios barrio to watch a game with friends and their neighborhood team the Huracan (Hurricanes in English). What an atmosphere.
The small crowd was passionate, with drums and singing occurring throughout the game. Soccer the way it is meant to be, and to attend it with my friends and her family (her father has been coming to games here for almost 70 years) was a bonus.
Buenos Aires is the center of the Polo World. Argentinian polo players make up the top 5, 8 out of the top 10, and 22 out of the top 25. In November and December they come home for the biggest tournament in polo.
The Campo Argentino de Polo is the center of this universe. It is like going to the Kentucky Derby and finding polo.
Each major sponsor has their own pavilion, some seemingly unusual for this setting like Case Tractors.
But now the polo ponies are being prepped and ready for action.
Being Argentina a bit of soccer mentality takes over at the start of the game.
It is time for polo. The players are indeed very skilled, with little delay in their game. The horses as well have been bred just for this sport.
It is so popular it is televised, but for now our afternoon of polo is over.
As always when we visit a new city there is a collection of photos that don’t fit any particular category – thus becoming ‘Scenes of the City’.