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Inside Teatro Colón

Sunday, 24 April 2016 | link | tag | / Trips / Argentina
We missed the tour of the Theatre last time we were here - there was an enourmous line. Today, however, with the rain there was no people and no line. We arrived at about 10:40am and found the next English speaking tour was at 11am.

The Theatre has recently been through some restorations. The main auditorium is really very lovely. The tour guide informed us that its acoustics place it as 3rd in the world, and it is 1st in the world for Opera performances.


Paseo El Rosedal and other gardens

Saturday, 23 April 2016 | link | tag | / Trips / Argentina
We were lucky to have another sunny morning even though the forcast was for rain. We made our way to the Paseo El Rosedal and other gardens near the Zoo that we skipped yesterday because of the rain.

The Paseo El Rosedal is a lovely prominade of statues and busts in a formal european garden. There was also a Rose Garden and a Japanese Gardens here.

We finished with a quick trip back to the Congress building, to see the Rodin we missed last time.

Lunch was at a tremendous Spanish fish restaurant with excellent service. A very welcome change from all the meat.


Wine Tasting in Buenos Aires

Friday, 22 April 2016 | link | tag | / Trips / Argentina
After the zoo, we booked at the last minute a wine tasting across town that promised South American and Argentine wines and food pairings to match.

To our great surprise on a Saturday, we had our bookings confirmed and had less than 15 minutes to make a 25 minute taxi ride across town.

Gladly this is South America, and such things are normal and not a problem.

The wine and food was excellent. We were with about 10 other tourists. Our host gave us a great introduction into the wine regions of Argentina, and why they are as productive as the are.

We tried a Brut / Sparkling, a Torrontes, and 3 Malbec based reds.

The food was a nice compliment.

Even the girls had a good time, and were well behaved.

We bought a couple of cases of wine. Of course we did. Selling wine to drunk people after a wine tasting is borderline criminal and like shooting fish in a barrel. Still, we didn't put up much of a fight.


Buenos Aires Zoo

Friday, 22 April 2016 | link | tag | / Trips / Argentina
After a false start trying to go to a zoo that didn't exist (thanks, TripAdvisor), we got to the Buenos Aires Zoo. It has seen better days I think. Still, it had some lovely exhibits and great buildings and was laid out well.

The animals appeared well looked after, if a bit bored in enclosures that were perhaps a bit small. We saw quite a few South American animals that we hadn't yet seen, such as the giant Anteater.

The girls had a good time. We seem to have terrible luck for visiting Zoo's. We seem to pick the worst possible weather, cold and raining in this case. All the animals are understandably doing what we should have done - stay home in bed out of the rain.


Walking in Buenos Aires

Thursday, 21 April 2016 | link | tag | / Trips / Argentina
Walking again today. This time we walked in the direction of the Teatro Colon and then to the Puerto Madero and the river. This is such a great way to see a city and its people.

We walked for several hours and saw many amazing buildings, including the Casa Rosada (Presidential Palace) and the Catedral Metropolitana.

We had Argentinian BBQ for lunch at a place we passed earlier in the day, A tasting menu of pit roasted meats. So. Great.


Señor Tango, Buenos Aires

Wednesday, 20 April 2016 | link | tag | / Trips / Argentina
We took in the Señor Tango dinner and show. Pickup at the hotel was well after 8:30pm, so it was bound to be a late night. Thankfully, we had the girls take a nap in the afternoon or they wouldn't have made it.

The dinner was a choice of meat, fish or chicken. Wow, an epic steak. You have to love Argentina for meat.

The show kicked off at 10:30pm and was really wonderful. It started with a pair of white horses on stange, and from that moment on the girls were transfixed. Various period costumes, tango and similar style couples dancing. Songs in english and spanish. Even some trapeze wire acrobatics.

The final number was "Dont Cry for Me Argentina", Andrew Lloyd Webers song from Evita (but in Spanish), and was done as a tribute to Eva Peron.

We left just after midnight. Girls had zero battery left, and only just made it back.

Walking in Buenos Aires

Wednesday, 20 April 2016 | link | tag | / Trips / Argentina
Or first morning in Buenos Aires, we took a stroll through the parks and monuments near our hotel in Recoleta.

We first spent and hour exploring the Cementerio de la Recoleta. What an astonishing place. Tombs and burial plots of the very wealthy families from the last 200 or so years. Most dedications were dated around 1930's and 50's but some as old as early 1800's. Some vast monuments here, all huddled in tight laneways of sandstone and marble.

Next we strolled along the avenues of parks past the Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes (we'll have to come back), and several statues and monuments, including the Monumento a Eva Perón, the beloved First Lady of Argentina in the 40s and 50s. The parks were beautifically maintained and laid out. Any ugly utility pole or traffic box was adorned with a sculpture or painting.

So far, Argentina is a really nice place, clean and friendly.