Buenos Aires – March 2020 – San Telmo Tunnels

The oldest neighborhood in Buenos Aires is San Telmo. Underneath the neighborhood is a labyrinth of almost 2 kilometers of tunnels. The first of these were built as escape routes for Jesuits in the late 1700s.

Later in the 1800s they were expanded and used to reroute a creek. In the early 1900s they were abandoned and stayed that way until someone purchased one of the old large houses and started to restore it – accidentally finding the tunnels.

Today a number of them serve as an events center and art museum.

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Buenos Aires – March 2020 – The Colorful Characters of La Boca

Our visit to La Boca continued with a stop in the Caminito, a small street full of colorful houses and buildings.

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La Boca has the reputation of being a bit rough around the edges, but in this area it is completely touristy.

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While originally there was a stretch of colorful houses that reputed became that way because they used spare paint from the ships, it is now full blown style of the entire area.

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Busloads of tourists pile off, wander the streets a bit, and pile back on. But it provides lots of income to the neighborhood so I guess it works.

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Throughout the neighborhood are a number of fiberglass statues. With the current Pope being from Buenos Aires he is a favorite subject.

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Apparently his twin with a soccer player.

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The shops have taken over old buildings and are amusing to wander through them.

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Most of the restaurants have a small dance floor where local dancers work hard for tips.

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La Boca – sort of a funky Times Square for Buenos Aires. You have to see it when you are in town.

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Buenos Aires – March 2020 – Boca Juniors

The La Boca neighborhood is a port on the south end of the city. Their soccer team, Boca Juniors, is one of the two most important teams in the country.

Their stadium is known a La Bombonera – the Chocolate Box. It is named that way because when it was being design someone commented it’s shape was the same as a box of chocolates.

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The stadium is in the middle of the neighborhood, abutting the streets on 3 sides.

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There are numerous souvenir shops surrounding the neighborhood.

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In the early days the team colors was black and white. The leaders decided that these weren’t good, and said ‘we will use the colors of the flag of the next ship that comes into the port’. Clearly the next boat was from Sweden.

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You must be a member of the athletic club to be able to buy tickets to games, so their membership is large – and celebrated in the museum with a star for each member.

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La Boca has historically been an Italian neighborhood.

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During the tour you had an option to pay a little extra and pose with the trophies.

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The stadium holds about 50,000 people, with the majority being seats.

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Unlike the other Argentina stadiums, Boca has a massive private suites section along one side.

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The concourses of the stadium have a number of artworks celebrating their past.

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The museum is small, but includes an overview of their history.

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Boca Juniors – 114 years of tradition.

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Buenos Aires (Palermo) – March 2020 – Stylish Day at the Race

The Hippodromo Palermo is the premier horse race track in Argentina. Recently we had a chance to stop by.

Our good fortune meant we chose a day where some ladies were having a stylish day at the track, accompanied by young ladies with Down Syndrome. Together they looked great!

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Even the jockeys were impressed.

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In addition to the fashion show, there was a food festival – an Oreo Milkshake in Buenos Aires!

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The grounds and grandstands are very nice.

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Palermo is the largest neighborhood in the city – with numerous parks and other public spaces.

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Hey – I missed my train. It is good to see the train from the track, as opposed to my daily view the other way.

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And yes – there was a full card of racing.

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Interestingly for this race the winner was wearing Boca Juniors colors. A good weekend for Boca Junior – a championship in soccer, and a winner at the track.

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Buenos Aires – March 2020 – San Patricio/St Patrick’s Day Parade

Only in Buenos Aires can you go from a Carnaval 5 days too late to a St Patrick’s Day parade 7 days later (or 10 days too early)! But who cares, it was a colorful event.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Buenos Aires – March 2020 – Presidential Museum

The Argentina Presidential Palace known as Casa Rosada is currently located almost a kilometer from the edge of the Rio De La Plata. It wasn’t always this way, when the first structure that was built on the property was completed it included a pier into the river, as this painting below illustrates.




This structure was the Fort Buenos Aires, completed in the early 1800s. Today portions of the walls of this fort are still used in the recently completed Museo Casa Rosada.

The museum features over 10,000 historical items, many belonging to the various presidents of the country.




The original arches of the fort frame many of the exhibit areas, while overlooking the main hall. Within the floors of the main hall are some of the original foundations.




Currently an exhibit of railways of the country are on exhibit.




The museum features several works of art, including this portrait of Juan Peron, and his wife Eva (Evita). According to legend this is the only official portrait of Juan where he is smiling. It was completed in 1948 by the French painter Numa Ayrinhac.




Or perhaps he was smiling because his very stylish 1952 Cadillac is nearby.




Other transportation include 1800s Presidential carriages.




The Presidential Guards man the museum.




Presidential sashes are very important in Argentina history.




A historic Presidential desk.




Symbolic keys given to presidents.




General President Agustin Justo’s hat.




There were a number of sets of china on display., this belonged to President Nicolas Avellaneda in the nineteenth century.




The reform era from 1890 until 1916.




More sashes.




Items associated with President Bartolome Mitre. in the 1920s.




The museum does a very nice job of combining old with new, history with the present. All countries have their good history and bad, and Argentina has more than their share – however they deal with their entire history in a sensitive, well thought out approach at this museum.






Olivos, Argentina – March 2020 – Food Truck Friday

Each weekend a collection of food trucks gather in Olivos Harbor area, bringing good smells, music, fun people and colorful sights to the area. As with many things in Buenos Aires there is this interesting mix of English with all of the Spanish in the advertising and names.

Lets cruise on down in the classic Fiat to check it out (I wish it was my car!)