Buenos Aires
Article and photos by Valéria Nogueira Eik
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I was restless . Had just returned from a dream trip : Portugal and Spain. I wanted to travel more and more and decided to know Buenos Aires . It's a lovely, flat, heavily forested town. In the center, Plaza de Mayo, Casa Rosada, the bookstores (open parenthesis for this El Ateneo, which can not fail to be visited). During 2002, the El Ateneo bookstore chain leased the Theatre Ateneo Grand Splendid and turned it into this beautiful bookstore that has spaces for reading and Café).

And speaking of coffee, can not let go of the Tortoni, founded in 1858. Old and stylish, keep memories of illustrious presences: Arthur Rubinstein, Jorge Luis Borges, Carlos Gardel, Albert Einstein, Federico García Lorca, the King of Spain Juan Carlos de Bourbon and others. Another important coffee is the Las Violetas, with magnificent stained glass windows!

Going back even to the city center, bumped at the Obelisk, historical monument erected to commemorate the fourth centenary of the founding of the city. Visit the Galerias Pacifico, a restored building that displays, in addition to major brands such as Cacharel or Yves Saint Laurent also works of art. Could not stop talking at the Colon Theatre in the center of Buenos Aires, he rises towering through the traffic.

Recoleta is the most fashionable district of the city. There is the famous cemetery where Evita Peron was buried important point of tourism with its beautiful sculptures and ancient tombs. Also in Recoleta Museum of Fine Arts, with works by Goya, Picasso, Monet and many others no less important.

Beside the Faculty of Law, stands the Floralis Generica, a flower steel 23 meters tall. It has an electrical system that opens and closes its petals. Remains open during the day and closes at night.

Another delightful visit: Botanical Gardens. And almost beside the Zoo. I confess that I spent a whole day in those two outings. At the zoo are "approved" by the Flamingos. And going forward we will surprise us with the beauty of the place and the variety of animals. Giraffes, bears, lions, tigers, elephants, etc...

The crafts markets are very interesting. San Telmo, Recoleta, Palermo Soho and Mataderos.

In La Boca's Caminito, a street museum, colorful and cheerful. The visit provides photos dancing a tango in the street, or, for those who like posing next to a "double" the Maradona.

The some 400 yards away is the famous La Bombonera stadium.

Another district: Puerto Madero, modern and wide, is a financial and gastronomic center of Buenos Aires .

Houses the floating casino that runs a Mississippi boat type and has capacity for over 2,500 people.

I could spend hours and hours writing about Buenos Aires.

The squares are beautiful and welcoming and porteños really enjoying these spaces for sunbathing, chatting, singing and rest.

Throughout the city we can find wonderful sculptures. The Sagunto sculpture in the Botanical Garden, is a mother who kills himself after killing his own son, before the city was destroyed by the war, is by the sculptor Agustín Querol Subirats ( 1863-1909 ). Incidentally, the Botanical Garden has numerous sculptures, one more beautiful than the other.

It is a city where you breathe culture and a European air.

Do not miss to watch a tango show. In general are expensive, but worth every penny.

Buenos Aires is a big city with an air of girl. A pleasant surprise!

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