Tuesday, January 31, 2006

La Boca

Known as the birthplace of the tango, this one-time shipyard has a famous walkway, the Caminito, where tango dancers perform and artists exhibit their work. It is known throughout the sporting world as the home of Boca Juniors, one of South America's top football clubs, where D.Maradona played during the remainder of the 1981 season and 1982 and secured his first league title. Ok I cheated today 'cause there are 2 pictures and not one. Still enjoy :)

Monday, January 30, 2006

How to be in line

Typical bus line in Buenos Aires. I'm always impressed to see how well they respect their turn to get on the bus here. Sometimes the line of people can be spread over half a block. Someone who's unlucky to get in the bus the first time, will just wait for the second one to pass by. I´ll be curious to know how this works in other places ? Let me know how it is in other countries, to see if they are as respectful as they are here. Thanks :)

Sunday, January 29, 2006

Palacio del Congreso

The Congress building from Buenos Aires, located at the west end of Avenida de Mayo.The architecture is imposing, and its enormous granite steps symbolize the high Andes and the fountain at is base represent the Atlantic Ocean. I've seen the fountain, and what a shame to see it blanketed with graffiti. Completely covered by red paint. It's been said that this dated back from the 1983 military dictatorship, but I think that the 2001 economic crisis has a lot to do as well :( The green-domed Palacio del Congreso costed twice more than its original budget, it is modeled on Washington's Capitol and topped by an 85m dome, the palace was completed in 1906.

Saturday, January 28, 2006

View taken at the foot of the Obelisco on the Ave. 9 de Julio, facing la Avenida Corrientes. The intersection, between the Obelisco and Avenida Corrientes with many other big avenues, makes this spot one of the really busiest one in the capital. Busy with people, traffic, taxis, noise....

Friday, January 27, 2006

Typical, in Buenos Aires, to order a cafe con leche (coffee & milk) and some tostados (let´s call it toast) of ham and cheese. Made of bread´s crumbs, super thin, they represent a good snack in all coffee places in Argentina.

Thursday, January 26, 2006

Chess "partido" in front of the University of Medicine, located on Cordoba Av. right in the center of Buenos Aires.

Wednesday, January 25, 2006

Inevitable! Tango free demonstration in the street. This scene is commonly frequent in various touristic places of Buenos Aires. It is a pure pleasure.

Tuesday, January 24, 2006

Overlooking the Avenida de Mayo in the background. Picture taken from the Congress plaza.

Monday, January 23, 2006

This is a view of Rio de la Plata in San Isidro, north of Buenos Aires, 30 minutes by train. On week ends, pleople escape the city and practice water activities such at Windsurf and Kitesurf. The Río de la Plata (from the Spanish: "River of Silver", also known by the English name River Plate (as in the Battle of the River Plate) or sometimes [La] Plata River), is the estuary formed by the combination of the Uruguay River and the Paraná River. It is a funnel-shaped indentation on the southeastern coastline of South America, extending 290 km (180 miles) from the rivers' confluence to the Atlantic Ocean.

Avenida 9 de Julio. The biggest avenue I got to see after the Champs Elysees in Paris. At 140 meters, it is one of the world’s widest avenues. Its name honors Argentine Independence Day (July 9, 1816).

Sunday, January 22, 2006

Avenue of R.S Pena at dusk. We are not that far from the Pink House (or Casa Rosa)- Argentinas old government building.

Saturday, January 21, 2006

Palermo Lakes, where people go jogging and biking. This is where you go when you want to be outdoors but still in the middle of the city. On Saturdays and Sundays, there are sports and music and plenty of activities -you can rent little boats- so that people go with their families for a picnic by the lake, under the sun.

Friday, January 20, 2006

I took this picture last year. I like the guy's deep expression through a not so clean window ;)

This has been taken inside the subway Line A. Line A is the oldest and still carries the original subway cars with the antique wood-framed interiors.

The newspapers stands are everywhere in Buenos Aires. Even in the subway stations. Those are "Kiosko", where one can find all sort of magazines, comic books, newspapers (local and international), books, VHS & DVDs.