To all bloggers

I feel the urge to hit the road now and “practice” a bit with my cameras and all these accessories that we accumulate.  I’ll be out for couple weeks, but I will check my mail from time to time to see what you are doing.  No post from me for a while.  Till we meet again.

More views of Streets and Buildings of Buenos Aires

Buenos Aires is the capital and most populous city of Argentina. It is the most visited city in South America, and the second-most visited city of Latin America (behind Mexico city.)

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Buenos Aires is a top tourist destination, and is known for its preserved Spanish/European-style architecture and rich cultural life.

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One finds many public parks throughout the city with different monuments, statues.

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Gigantic buildings with spanish and colonial architectures.

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With nice balconies and elegant wooden doors.

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European style façade buildings.

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and congested wide boulevards.

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The Teatro Nacional Cervantes in Buenos Aires is the national stage and comedy theatre of Argentina.

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Flower Kiosque.

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Local sidewalk native vendor.

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Streets, buildings and more of Buenos Aires

A glance at street life and daily activities in the city  while exploring some of Buenos Aires neighborhoods and fabulous collections of shops, buildings, monuments, statues etc thru its wide and  somewhat congested avenues.

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Estadio Monumental Antonio V. Liberti.  It is the largest stadium in Argentina with a capacity of 62.000 and also home of theArgentina national football team.  It was the main venue in the 1951 Pan American Gamesand in the 1978 FIFA World Cup which hosted the final between Argentina and the Netherlands. Additionally, it hosted four finals of the Copa America, most recently in 2011 for the 2011 Copa America

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Policia Federal Argentina Building

 

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El Ateneo Bookshop, Buenos Aires

El Ateneo Grand Splendid is one of the best known bookshops in Buenos Aires.  In 2008, it was placed as the second most beautiful bookshop in the world.

Main entrance of El Ateneo bookshop.

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Originally built in the 1800’s, it opened as a theatre, it features ceiling frescoes painted by Italian artists.  In the late twenties the theatre was converted into a cinema, and in 1929 showed the first sound films presented in Argentina.

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Ceiling view.

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View of balconies with ornamental moldings.

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Do you Tango? Buenos Aires

i would be remiss if I failed to mention Tango in Buenos Aires.  After an excellent dinner with the best steak an drinks, this place has become a favorite of local residents as well as visitors and is the ideal setting for a delicious dinner and an alluring tango show. which last over an hour and a half.  The tango displays complete cultural expression, a plot of myths, values and traditions.  A fabulous show and a must for all visitors to Buenos Aires.  These shots are not the best I had wished for some obvious reasons,but… you get the idea.

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In many Buenos Aires public parks, one finds an array of sculptures and monuments.  This metallic flower is the most prominent feature sitting in a pool and blooming towards the sky each day.  Generated by hydraulic power, it opens when the sun goes up and closes at night. It takes about 20 minutes to open as well as to close.

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Torre Monumental, Buenos Aires

Torre Monumental and before 1982 Torre de los Ingleses (Tower of the English) is a clock tower located in the district of Retiro in Buenos Aires. It is situated in the Plaza Fuerza Aérea Argentina (formerly Plaza Británica) next to the Calle San Martín and Avenida  del Libertador. It was a gift from the local British community to the city in commemoration of the centennial of the May Revolution of 1810.

After the Falklands War in 1982, the tower was renamed Torre Monumental, though some still call it Torre de los Ingleses.

Picture taken behind a wet window after the rain, thus the spots.

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La Recoleta Cemetery, Buenos Aires

Main entrance to the famous cemetery in Buenos Aires.  One cannot be in Buenos Aires and not visit the place.  It contains the graves of notable people, including Eva Peron,  Presidents of Argentina, Nobel Prize winners,  and a granddaughter of Napoleon.  In 2011, the BBC hailed it as one of the world’s best cemeteries, and in 2013, CNN listed it among the 10 most beautiful cemeteries in the world.

 

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The entire cemetery is laid out in sections like city blocks filled with mausoleums.

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The cemetery contains many elaborate marble mausoleums, decorated with statues, in a wide variety of architectural styles such asArt Deco, Art Nouveau, Baroque and Neo-Gothic.

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Tomb of this young lady in what appears to be in a wedding dress. and known for its unusual design.  She was young and killed in an hotel struck by an avalanche.  The bronze statue of the dog was added and legend reveals that if you touch the nose of the dog, you will return to Buenos Aires, reason for the shine on the dog’s nose.

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Tomb of first lady Eva Peron, the most visited one and always adorned with lots of flowers.

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Duarte was the maiden name of Evita.

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The Jewish tomb in Recoleta Cemetery.

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This is Buenos Aires, Argentina today

When you arrive in the cosmopolitan city of Buenos Aires, its beauty is apparent with elegant architecture, wide tree-shaded boulevards.

Old and new building constructions in many areas of the city.  This building which occupies its own city block, has recently been renovated to be used as bank offices.  In the past, it was responsible for the distribution of the yerba mate—a traditional, South American bitter tea.

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A typical boulevard in BA

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Huge trees-shaded are spotted in many public parks.

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Modern building constructions all around.

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Nice Old Building with plenty more like this one to make your head spin.  Undoubtedly, BA deserves the label “Paris of South America.”  It has this distinct European flavor.

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The “Centro Cultural Kirchner is cultural center located in Buenos Aires. It is the largest of Latin America and the third or fourth largest in the world.  This building previously served as BA Central Post Office.

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Modern architectures of the city of Buenos Aires.

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