25.01.2009 30 °C
Buenos Aires, what a city, we're in love....it has only taken a few hours, but in those few hours we have meandered through it's boulevards, taken deep breaths of it's intoxicating atmosphere, and indulged in its classical beauty. We are in love with BA because she is, simply beautiful.
Our first fling was with Plaza del Mayo, a large island of green, surrounded with the granduar and glamour of a multitude of historic landmarks, including the cathedral.....
San Talmo draw the two of us in next. A barrio (city area) that is aging gracefully, its avenues lined with crumbling abodes (hus/hem) which only adds to it's charm. Antique stalls are in abundance, along with street artists ranging from the statues to the ninety year old woman playing as many instruments as she has fingers! We wandered aimlessly soaking up the atmosphere, listening and observing the crowds as they passed.
Our meandering brought us to the water front, pleasant but somewhat disappointing against the expectations I had. However, the choriz.... made up for it a delicous barbequed sausage that at least surpassed our taste buds expectations.
We continued walking, and walked and walked. In our first afternoon we had been seduced and had covered miles and whiled away hours, hours in the sun that we would regret......
Our return to our hotel (Rooney's, no relation or connection to the footballer) confirmed our suspicion of why cars were stopping in the streets as we passed, our faces were tomatoe red! No sunscreen No tan! At least no one could see our embarrassment, as we sneaked into our rooms and looked for whether we had brought balaclaves (ranarluva)
with the kitchen sink (=engelskt uttryck for att ha packat allt man ager)!
Our hotel, once I had got over the shock of the taxi dropping us outside what looked like a run down snack bar, in a street that would be best described as up and coming, and finally finding the entrance that the CIA would be proud of it's secretiveness, is actually very nice. Tucked away on the 3rd floor, it is like stepping back in time. The rooms are all unique to one another, dressed with classical furniture, walls that climb and climb, and decorated in colours that suit the oasis of relaxation that the hotel is against the hustle and bustle of the city outside. Recommended!
We discovered that Sunday evening what would mystify many on a visit to buenos aires, when do they sleep? Well as we looked and looked for an open restaurant we found the answer. Anyhow this was probably a blessing in disguise as we stubbled upon a locals hangout which gave us our first taste, the delicios taste, of pure Argentinian beef. It surpasses all the thousands of superlatives that are written. We retired content on heavey stomachs:-)
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