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Buenos Aires - January 26-28

Exploring Buenos Aires on Our Own

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Yesterday and today were our free days in Buenos Aires before joining our next group tonight at 5:15pm. Yesterday, we ventured out and walked to another part of Buenos Aires called Palermo (you would never guess the major Italian influence here! ;) walking through some beautiful parks and ending up at their famous Rose Gardens where we had lunch before walking back to our hotel after about 7 miles of walking. Being somewhat tired of empanadas, steak, lamb and other such Argentine cuisine, we decided to find something different! Bao Kitchen was a Taiwanese Restaurant about a mile from our hotel where we walked to and had a nice Chinese meal. We started with homemade dumplings to share and then Michael had BBQ Pork Ribs and I had Chicken Gongbao and we shared a beer. It was a nice change of culinary pace!

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This morning, we joined a free walking tour with about 25 or so English speakers and a wonderful guide named Nahuel and his 13 year old sister Julia. At first I was concerned that the group was too large but he turned out to be an excellent guide and very informative. One of our stops was at a clock tower that the British had gifted Argentina many years ago because England was the main importer of Argentine products. It was called the English Tower until 1982 when the Malvias/Falkland Island war occurred so now it is officially called the Monument Tower but locals still know it as the English Tower! We also saw that largest Synagoge in Buenos Aires and our guide informed us that Buenos Aires has the largest Jewish population second only to NYC. We also stopped at the Malvinas War Memorial with honor guards in place.On our way to our starting point, I once again caught a nice shot of the Argentinian National Bird -- two in a nest at the same park as I did on our first night in Buenos Aires walking to dinner!

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Upon our return from our walking tour, we had lunch and then rested a bit before joining our next group of travel companions and our group leader, Martin (Tincho) Soliano (yes, another Argetine-Italian) for introductions and an initial briefing about our trip. Then we all got on a bus to go to a welcoming dinner in Puerto Madero neighborhood by the river. It used to be all port and industrial buildings but in the last 10 years it has become the most expensive neighborhood to live. Our dinner was a an Argentine steak house with a typical menu of empanadas and steak! Afterwards, we walked by the river and took pictures of this modern cityscape that really doesn't look at all like the rest of Buenos Aires.

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And finally, a shot of the Lois Suites where we are staying during our 2nd round in Buenos Aires! IMG_0629.jpeg

This morning we are off on another tour of Buenos Aires starting at the Recolata Cemetery where Eva and Juan Perrone are buried - then onto a few other neighborhoods that Michael and I haven't yet visited so we have decided to go and work on "bonding" with our new travel group!

Posted by Baroni 10:49 Archived in Argentina

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