Sunday, September 6, 2009

The Action of Buenos Aires, Argentina

Buenos Aires has tango dancers on the streets in tourist zones. You are welcome to watch and take photos, and you may find yourself invited to join one of the dancers for an impromptu dance or lesson. Guess who is the dancer and who is the tourist in this photo? This was an invitation that my husband found too difficult to refuse.
Buenos Aires has the ornate architecture reflecting its prosperity around the turn of the last century. What do you think is behind these ornate doors? A museum? Opera? No, this is municipal water department.
The bell tower of the Church stands guard over the Recoleta Cemetery.
The Recoleta Cemetery is a tourist attraction, as it is a city unto itself of mausoleums, tombs, and statutes. The facade on this tomb reminds visitors of the solemnity of a visit to the cemetery.
Argentines are experts at preparing and eating beef. Here is just some of the meat on the parilla, or grill, at the backyard asado, or barbeque, prepared by our son's girlfriend's parents. For Americans who are more familiar with Mexican Spanish, in Buenos Aires parilla is pronounced pa-ri-sha, not pa-ri-ya.
Argentines are passionate about football, or soccer. The fans show their colors and enthusiasm at the stadium for RIver Plate, one of a dozen or so professional teams in Buenos Aires. Why would a team be called River Plate? That was the name used by the British for the Rio de la Plata in Buenos Aires. They failed to translate plata as "silver" and the Argentines perpetuated this language error by using the name for a sports team whose stadium is near the river.
The jacaranda in bloom in spring along Avenida Libertador in the Recoleta area of Buenos Aires makes late November our favorite time to visit Buenos Aires.

12 comments:

brattcat said...

These wonderful shots leave me wanting more. Love that first one, Dave.

Lois said...

I love that first shot Julie! What fun! Lovely pictures of a beautiful place. The food looks good too!

Phivos Nicolaides said...

Wonderful pictures. Reminded our last trip there!

glenda said...

Buenos Aires looks like such a beautiful city. The water building is pretty spectacular. Dave, looks like you came ready to dance.

Turquoise Diaries said...

Thanks for this beautiful tour...

Memphis MOJO said...

This was an invitation that my husband found too difficult to refuse.

When you're a guest in a foreign country, you must not offend anybody you know.

James said...

What great photos. I can't even imagine going to over 50 countries. I love to travel too.

I've actually been to two countries that you haven't been to yet. :-)
I still have 40+ to go to see all of the wonderful places on your list.
I look forward to seeing your pictures in the mean time.

Thérèse said...

A nice assortment of what we can find in Buenos Aires Julie. Jacarandas create a nice link with Arizona.

Cezar and Léia said...

Glad to see you had a wonderful trip dear Julie!These pictures are amazing!Congratulations!
Léia

Tiago Ralha said...

I loved to visit Argentina for the vividness of the country.
I did not know the history of the River Plate, is really curious.
The cemeteries also awaken me some interest, especially by their tombstones, some authentic works of art, i love the dedication we give to our friends and family who have departed. I can not resist to photograph each cemetery i cross. The photo image is very well achieved.
Good Week :)

JM said...

Great variety on this Baires set of photos! Funny you have mentioned how argentinians pronounce the 'LL'! It was one of the first things I noticied there too! :-)

Mike said...

Your photographs have captured Argentina VERY well. They make me want to go back today!
I am also very envious of your travel map. Thank you for sharing your travels and photographs.

P.S. Thank you for the comments on my blog as well. I appreciate your kind words. ~Mike

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