Did you know that when people say good bye in Buenos Aires they say Ciao!
Now you wouldn’t think that. It’s a Spanish speaking country but they say ciao, which is hello and goodbye in Italian.
It might seem like a small thing, but don’t underestimate the European influence in this beautiful, sprawling city.
It has lovely, charming and eclectic neighborhoods that are perfect for exploring on foot. The locals are proud of the differences in each one and love to tell you all about them. We stayed in 3 hotels in different areas and this was true in each of them.
The central part of town was built in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries and has a strong French and Italian influence.
It is an immigrant city filled with beautiful neoclassical buildings. Palermo, Recoleta, La Boca, San Telmo and Puerto Madera are all unique neighborhoods and each deserve time and attention.
Get to know this exceptional city. If you’ve seen photographs of brightly colored buildings, that’s La Boca, the big weekly flea market is in San Telmo and Palermo is one of the beautiful old residential areas with lots of history and treelined streets. The Recoleta is another stately and grand neighborhood that is home to the Recoleta, by far the most interesting cemetery I’ve ever seen. It’s a must see for the impressive design of some of its mausoleums and tombs, as well as for the renowned names that have been buried there such as Juan and Eva Peron of Don’t Cry for Me Argentina fame, generals, mayors, presidents and their families. The day we were there, someone important was buried because there was huge crowd and a 14 gun salute.
Leather goods are buttery soft and of premium quality with beautiful details and a buy in Argentina. Florida St. is a good place to look as well as the St. Martin area but everybody in Buenos Aires knows the BEST place to get leather goods so ask anybody. You can have a custom made jacket ready for pick up the next day.
If you like beef, good beef, lean beef, well seasoned beef, this is the place. If you don’t, their seafood is wonderful and fresh. Buenos Aires is right on the coast. Don’t be surprised to find lots of good Italian and Spanish tapas restaurants too.
The city is rich in cultural events. Don't miss a chance to see a Tango show, the "real" thing won't be found anywhere else.. We spent quite a bit of time at MALBA, the Museum of Latin American Art in Buenos Aires. It is bright and airy with a wide selection of paintings and sculptures. Art lovers will feel at home there and in so many other of the city's museums and galleries.
The Evita Peron Museum is in a grand old mansion with an audio presentation explaining her life and passion for her people. The display of gowns, hats and shoes were particularly interesting to me. The detail work in her wardrobe is something you never see anymore. Clearly she was a woman who stood out.
Experiencing traffic in Buenos Aires is, well, thrilling! Lee and I both believe that traffic signs and lane markings are only suggestions. Driving outside of the city is like driving anywhere else but think twice about renting a car to drive in the city. Besides, taxis are very reasonable.
Buenos Aires is a must see destination It’s a big city with the big city vibe but in that big city you’ll find neighborhoods that make the city seem much smaller and inviting. The architecture is old meets new, no two buildings look alike. There is always something interesting just around the corner. If you love to visit London, Paris and Rome, then you'll love Buenos Aires..
And if you have a few extra days, Argentina has a lot to offer. Only a short flight from Buenos Aires is one of the greatest natural wonders of the world, Iguassu Falls, the largest water falls system in the world. The story goes that Eleanor Roosevelt visited and said she felt sorry for Niagara!
It’s summer now in Argentina, the perfect time to go. And to sweeten the deal the dollar goes further against the peso than it has in years. If you’re looking for a real bargain, this is it.
Just remember to say ciao!