Buenos Aires, Argentina

We started our few days in Buenos Aires with a free walking tour. Passing parliament buildings, beautiful European inspired architecture and quirky monuments our wonderful guide informed us of the cities troubles and triumphs. A highlight of the tour was learning of one building inspired by Dante's Divine Comedy, seven floors representing hell, then purgatory and a lighthouse at the top of the building to represent light in heaven.

 European Inspired Architecture

European Inspired Architecture

 The Palace of the Argentine National Congress

The Palace of the Argentine National Congress

The next day we mused over the fact that it had been one month since we left the U.K, October 1st. When travelling days of the week become inconsequential, we easily lose track of days as we no longer 'live for the weekend'.

We visited stunning Recoleta Cemetery, full of decorative crypts and tombs and resting place of many notable Argentinian people. After, we popped into Museo Nacional de Belle Artes and promptly debated what constitutes fine art and decorative art and if it matters if there's a difference? In any case, the museum had a few interesting pieces and was free which always make a visit worthwhile when backpacking on a budget. In Recoleta there are lots of parks and the craft market was in full swing so we wandered around the stalls and watched live music for a while in the sun.

 Recoleta Cemetery  

Recoleta Cemetery  

The following day it rained, a lot. We tried waiting till it subsided but when it didn't we put on our waterproofs and headed out. We walked to San Telmo, a quaint district full of cobbled streets and colourful graffiti. We sheltered in the undercover antiques market and then braved the street stalls with live jazz music filling our ears. We found an impressive church and then did a guided tour of El Zanjon a site of archeological importance.

 San Telmo

San Telmo

 Tiles in San Telmo

Tiles in San Telmo

Cake at Pride was a very enjoyable respite from the drizzle, we both chose lemon flavoured treats which were delicious. We rounded off a great day with a visit to MAMBA a modern art museum and then had ramen noodles for dinner because we are on a strict budget after all!

We were due to leave Buenos Aires but decided to stay another day. We caught the metro to trendy Palermo and ate veggie burgers for lunch before walking to the park. The sun was shining on us and the skaters and joggers were out in force so we people watched before wandering around the touristy but pretty Japanese gardens.

Buenos Aires has shot to the top of my favourite cities list, it's full of beautiful architecture and great sights, each day spent there was a good one. 

 

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