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Back from Buenos Aires, Argentina!

February 21, 2016 | Filed under: Uncategorized

My daughter and I were in Buenos Aires for about a week in temperatures of 30 + degrees, while here, the temps were -30 with the windchill.  It was perfect weather but the heat was at times overwhelming.  This time of year is summer in Argentina, and students are off on their holidays.  It was such a wonderful city and country to visit.  Our hotel called Fierro, which was in the Palermo district, was staffed by super friendly and capable people.  There was a restaurant at the hotel called UCO which served food that was outstanding.  Breakfast was included during our stay (all food made on premises).  We would start off with fresh orange juice, a small fresh berry concoction, yogurt with granola, a basket of breads, pots of marmalade and jam, and coffee.  Then the server would ask which entree we wanted. There was a choice of at least four which included combinations of eggs, bacon, sausages, pancakes, fruits, hams, cold cuts etc. etc.  We just couldn’t eat an entree as well as the first course, and our server was always so disappointed.  On our last day, we did indulge which made everyone happy.

Argentina is famous for its beef.  If you are a carnivore, Buenos Aires is the place to dine.  And dining, may I say, starts at 9 if not later.  We ate our first steak dinner at 10:30.  And even at that time there was a line up of people waiting for tables.  Restaurants don’t usually open til after 8.

We participated in a food tour, and a walking historical tour.  Both very interesting and eye-opening.  There was a lot of wealth, perhaps extreme wealth, in Buenos Aires in the earlier 1900’s.  So there are a lot of beautiful Art Deco buildings and homes that still exist. The food tour took us through the neighbourhood of San Telmo, which is currently experiencing a revival, much like Cabbagetown in Toronto.  It was at one time full of wealthy individuals, but then declined and became run down.  Below is a picture of one of the oldest bars there.  It is several hundred years old.IMG_0485

One of our favourite parts of the historical tour was visiting the cemetery at Recoleta.  It is full of crypts and currently has no space available.  But a crypt may be purchased for about 250,000 USD or even more, if a family wishes to divest themselves of the property.    Then there is a moving day and all the coffins occupying the crypt must be moved out as the  new owners take over.

Some of these crypts are very luxurious, with beautiful statues and decorations.  Eva Peron is buried here.  This is one of the many lane ways through the cemetery.FullSizeRender (5)

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