Scenes from  Buenos Aires, Argentina

All photos 
by
Jim Reynolds


 
The Colón Opera House is one of the  many landmarks in the city center. It is located along Avenida 9 de Julio, the world's widest avenue. Yellow-roofed taxis are ubiquitous in this enormous city. They are often the fastest and most sensible way to get around at a reasonible price. This is usually not an exercise for the faint-of- heart, however.

 
The Obelisk is probably the most recognizable landmark in the city. It is located at the city center and Avenida 9 de Julio. It commemorates the founding of Buenos Aires. The park around the monument offers refuge for those attempting to cross the wide avenue. Crossings must be done in stages. Jaywalking genes are a rarity in the national gene pool because the automobile has the de facto right-of-way.

 

The evening of our arrival in December 2001, a huge mob gathered on Avenida 9 de Julio in front of our hotel. Our first thought was that the civil unrest that had occurred here the previous week was resurfacing. To our relief, we discovered that it was a celebration honoring the Racing futbol team which had just won its first championship in more than 30 years!

 

The Casa Rosada ("Pink House") is located on the Plaza de Mayo. It is the Argentine counterpart to the White House. Although it is not the presidential residence, it is the home of the Executive Branch of the Argentine government.

 
The Cabildo is a remanent of a colonial building that once stretched across the west side of the Plaza de Mayo. Today it houses a small museum.

 
The tomb of General José de San Martín is a national historical site. It is located in the Metropolitan Cathedral on the Plaza de Mayo.

 

 

No trip to Buenos Aires is complete without a visit to the Recoleta Cemetary. Many of the luminaries of Argentine history and culture are buried here in elegant and extravagant private mausoleums. These photos show the Larvikite facade of Eva Peron's tomb in the Duarte family mausoleum.

 

A walk through the Recoleta Cemetary is a visit to a city of the dead--complete with skyscrapers.

 

La Boca is a colorful Italian neighborhood in the older part of the port area. The many colors of the buildings are a source of pride to the residents. The neighborhood is renowned as an artist's community. Numerous street vendors and artists add flavor to a stroll along Caminito, the pedestrian street through the barrio.

 
Jim and Dottie clown for the camera. The previous evening the group had the pleasure of attending the show at "La Ventana", one of the premiere tango clubs in Buenos Aires, in the San Telmo neighborhood. In addition to superb dancing by Argentine artists, we were treated to singing, an Andean music group and a concertina orchestra while we ate a first-rate dinner. In Spanish, the show is called an espectaculo; it was spectacular.

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