March 02, 2022

La Fabulosa Buenos Aires !

By Philippe Jolicoeur
Beautiful view of Buenos Aires and the Obelisco

It is with great difficulty that I write about Buenos Aires this week. I am a true lover of this country. Its food, wines and cinema are some of my personal favourites . Argentinians also have a special sarcastic sense of humour that some say is an acquired taste, but I enjoy it very much .Where do I start ?!?!? Here is a quick rundown.

Buenos Aires is a beautiful and vibrant city with something for everyone to enjoy If you're looking for a city with amazing nightlife, stunning architecture, and plenty of cultural experiences to enjoy, Buenos Aires is the place for you. On any given night, you will find more plays than in Paris or London! This vibrant South American city has something for everyone, from amazing restaurants to beautiful parks and plazas. Whether you're visiting for a few days or staying for a longer period of time, Buenos Aires is definitely worth exploring. The people of Buenos Aires are warm and welcoming, and they will make you feel right at home

Buenos Aires is an affordable city to visit, so you can enjoy all that it has to offer without breaking the bank. The number one tip I can give you is to bring cash, lots of cash. Because of cyclical monetary crises and restrictions, credit cards are frowned upon , and discounts of up to 50 % are offered upon cash payments in stores and restaurants . Local ATMs are also problematic because of local cash restrictions.

Looking for something to do in Buenos Aires? You're in luck ,there is no shortage of activities and attractions to keep you busy in this vibrant city. From exploring the many neighborhoods to checking out the local cuisine, there's plenty to keep you occupied. So, get out there and start exploring! Who knows what you'll discover? Here are my top 3 :

The first place you have to visit is Plaza de Mayo where you will see Buenos Aire's splendid old colonial buildings. Established in the 16th century, this delightful two-block-long plaza has been the stage for many important events in the city's history, from the uprising against Spain in 1810 to the continuing vigils held by the Madres de la Plaza de Mayo (Mothers of Plaza de Mayo) whose children "disappeared" during the military junta's reign from 1976 to 1983. Police have their riot gear ready , yearlong ! On any given day you will witness a new protest.

Once there ,check out the most famous of Plaza de Mayo's many fine buildings la Casa Rosada. Built in the mid 1800s it stands on a site known to have been occupied by an old customs house and fort dating back to the 16th century. Casa Rosada means the Pink House and is the official residence of the President of Argentina.

The Recoleta Cemetery and Museums are a must ! Recoleta takes its name from the Franciscan convent that was built around 1716, but is best known for its incredible burial ground. The Recoleta Cemetery (Cementerio de la Recoleta) has long been popular among locals and tourists alike, drawn here for the many elaborate mausoleums that serve as final resting places of many famous Argentines, including the famous (infamous)Eva Perón. It is the Père la Chaise of Buenos Aires. Once there , take advantage of the many public gardens, cafés, and craft shops, as well as the Museo de Arte Hispanoamericano Isaac Fernández Blanco, an outstanding museum.

I know I said 3 attractions but what makes Buenos Aires really stand out are its neighbourhoods. We stayed in the San Telmo neighbourhood and loved it . It is known as one of Buenos Aires' more colorful districts. We enjoyed its narrow cobblestone streets and old colonial style buildings housing numerous art studios and interesting galleries. Even more colorful is La Boca is a favorite for artists and creative types. Don’t miss Caminito Street Museum, a pedestrian-friendly zone that has functioned as an open-air museum since the 60’s.

If you're looking for an amazing food and wine experience, you need to head to Argentina. From the country's famed Malbec wines to its mouth-watering asado (barbecue), there's plenty to love about Argentine cuisine. And of course, no visit would be complete without sampling some of the legendary dulce de leche. We should , and maybe will do an article just on the food. If this is your first time go to the Palermo neighbourhood , the restaurant options are endless. Argentinian food is some of the best in the world, so be sure to try as much of it as you can.

Buenos Aires is a city that should be experienced at least once in a lifetime. From the beautiful architecture and stunning scenery, to the delicious food and passionate culture, there is something for everyone in this amazing city. We hope you enjoyed our brief tour of Buenos Aires and that it has inspired you to visit this incredible destination soon.

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