Houses of La Boca Neighborhood, Buenos Aires, MG_0085

When in Argentina, it is a must to stroll through the colorful La Boca neighborhood, a working class barrio, and the old quarter of San Telmo and Caminito, and view a mix of colonial style homes, narrow lanes, artists’ lofts and trendy cafes.

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A colourful building in the iconic neighbourhood of La Boca in Buenos Aires.

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Famous for its pedestrian cobblestone streets and colorful houses.  A tribute to three legendary individuals standing on the small balcony of this building : Diego Maradona, one of Argentine best soccer player, Evita Peron, First Lady of Argentina and Carlos Gardel, a popular composer and actor, and the most prominent figure in the history of tango.

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There are giant papier mache statues of famous figure

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Soccer Poster in La Boca, Buenos Aires MG_9996

A giant poster of their favorite sport adorns the wall of a housing complex in the area.  Soccer plays an important role in the life of the Argentine people.  Among sports fans, Boca is best known for being the home of world-renowned football club boca junior.  The club plays their home matches in the Estadio Alberto J. Armando, popularly known as La Bombonera (Spanish for “the bonbon box”).

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Welcome to La Boca Neighborhood, Buenos Aires MG_9993

La Boca is a neighborhood, of the Argentine capital, Buenos Aires.  It retains a strong European flavor, with many of its early settlers being from the Italian city of Genoa.

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La Boca is a popular destination for tourists visiting Argentina and not to be missed.

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Mothers of the Plaza de Mayo Scarf Symbol, Buenos Aires MG_9947

The Mothers of the Plaza de Mayo is an association of Argentine mothers whose children “disappeared” during the state terrorism of the military dictatorship, between 1976 and 1983. They organized while trying to learn what had happened to their children, and began to march in 1977 at the Plaza de Mayo in Buenos Aires, in front of the Casa Rosada presidential palace, in public defiance of the government’s state terrorism intended to silence all opposition.

To the people of the country, this era represents the lives taken, families broken, and numerous human rights atrocities executed by Argentina’s military regime.  The Mothers of the Plaza de Mayo were the initial responders to these human rights violations. Together, the women created a dynamic and unexpected force, which existed in opposition to traditional limitations on women and motherhood inLatin America. The mothers came together, and pushed for information on the whereabouts of their children. In carrying out these efforts they also highlighted for the world the human rights violations occurring, and raised awareness on local and global scales. Their legacy and subsequent progress have been successful due to their sustained group organization, use of symbols and slogans, and silent weekly protests. Today, the Mothers are persistently engaged in the struggle for human, political, and civil rights in Latin America and elsewhere. (Wikipedia info.)

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The white scarf of the Mothers, a symbol of the movement painted on the ground in Plaza de Mayo, Buenos Aires.  This scarf symbol is also spotted in other areas of the city.

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Various Views of 9 de Julio Avenue, Buenos Aires Argentina, DSC_04368

These shots taken from the hotel upper floor showing the different views of the widest street in the world, and it’s not just any street.  9 de Julio Avenue is only 1 km long but 110 meters wide with nine lanes.  It has up to seven lanes in each direction and is flanked on either side by parallel streets of two lanes each.

The Teatro Colon Building viewed in this image is the main Opera House in Buenos Aires It is ranked the third best opera house in the world by National Geographic.

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At its widest, the avenue has twenty lanes of traffic if you include the side roads that ran parallel and also need to be crossed to make it safely to the other side. Here in the middle  is a view of the famous Obelisk.

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The building in the background which is the seat of the Ministry on Social Development, shows the portrait of Eva Peron delivering a historic speech at this very location, sixty years earlier. and can also be viewed on the opposite side.

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Eva Peron Portrait on Building MG_0589Four lanes are used for Public Bus transportation with covered stop stations and I believe one lane on each side is used as an express lane with specific stops along the way, a more economical method used by the Argentine government versus the high cost of underground metro station.

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