As we venture out into our world, your travel can consist of a day visit to the closest towns or a journey that will place your feet clear on the other side of the world.  It is all about discovery and about everywhere you walk.  So, COME – EXPLORE WITH ME.

 

 

 

 

Buenos Aires, Argentina

 

 

 

Complex, energetic port city, it stretches south-to-north along the Rio de la Plata.  Portenos, as the people of Buenos Aires are known, possess an elaborate and rich cultural identity.  European heritage is highly valued, Italian and German names outnumber Spanish.  The lifestyle and architecture are more European than any other in South America.  Teatro Colon, a fine opera house is well used.  Portenos are involved in the life and culture of their city.

 

The physical structure is a mosaic diverse and varied.  Buenos Aires is composed of many small places.  Glass-sheathed skyscrapers cast shadows on 19th century Victorian houses; tango bars filled with cigar smoke face treasure-filled antique shops.

 

The neighborhoods are small and individualized; each has its own colors and forms.  The San Telmo district with multinational heritage is varied and cosmopolitan – Spanish Colonial with Italian detailing and French Classicism.  La Boca’s tin houses are painted a rainbow of colors and muralists have turned the side streets into avenues of color.

 

The national dance, the tango, expresses the spirit of Argentina.  People dance in dancehalls, parks, open plazas and ballrooms.  The tango is a dance of intimate separation and common rhythm; elegant and passionate.

 

Buenos Aires, once a prosperous European-style metropolis, buckled under the strain of government and economic collapses but is now back on its feet.  A generation of designers, soccer players, musicians and restaurateurs has reinvigorated the city, transforming it into a wonderful travel destination.

 

Shopping is a great adventure with the local fashion design; the steak dinners are divine, the dance halls filled with students and teachers where even a traveler can join in; soccer matches filled with passion for all to enjoy and the wine delicious and affordable.

 

Buenos Aires embodies the bittersweet charm of old-fashioned sensibility and contemporary revolution creating simultaneous thrills for visitors and tears for old-timers.  For every group of trendsetters enjoying cocktails, there is a cluster of old-timers gathered around a radio, listening to an old favorite song, tears flowing down their cheeks, remembering the days gone by.

 

I loved our visit and would gladly return.  A beautiful, seductive city!  See you there soon.

 

 

 





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