Friday, October 27, 2006

Buenos Aires - Argentina

Buenos Aires, the capital of Argentina, is one of the most elegants city in South America. It´s a European-Styled city and it´s the most important city in the country, almost half of the population lives there.

The city is famous for it´s food and it´s culture. Eating surely is a highlight of this city, there you´ll find from famous roast meat specialties of the parrillas and asadors (steakhouses) to ethnic and international restaurants, plus traditional pubs and bars.



Museus, galleries, theaters, alternative cinema, historic buildings, these things are easily spotted during a little walk in the city, so if you are looking for culture this won´t be a problem. Also Buenos Aires is famous for it´s soccer(futebol) with two of the most famous teams in America, Boca Juniors and River Plate.

Tango:
This deserves a whole post about it, but I´ll try to describe it in a few words. Actually I took this from a site on the internet.
"Romance and passion are synonymous with Argentina and both are represented through the music and dance of the tango. Tango classes are held throughout Buenos Aires and have become a favourite holiday pastime for visitors."
If you want to know more about this dance that is a symbol of this city, visit this site http://www.traveltango.com.ar/ it has a lot of info, including where to take classes.


Here´s a list of attraction in the city:

Catedral Metropolitana
Avenida Rivadavia y San Martín, Buenos Aires 1033
Tel: +54 11 4331 2845 Fax: +54 11 43312846
With a distinguished neo-classical façade from 1822, the cathedral is the last resting place of Argentina's most revered historical figure, General José de San Martín, the leading light in the country's battle for independence.



Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes
Avenida del Libertador 1473, Recoleta, Buenos Aires 1425
Tel: +54 11 4803 0802 Fax: +54 11 4803 4691
The most significant collection of 19th and 20th century paintings by Argentine artists. Also classic works by Van Gogh, Renoir, Rodin and Monet.



Museo Histórico Nacional
Defensa 1600, Buenos Aires 1143
Tel: +54 11 4307 4457 Fax: +54 11 4307 1182
Argentine history is wonderfully illustrated here with paintings, weapons and documents charting the struggle to survive and win independence from the Spanish.



Casa Rosada (Pink House)
Hipólito Yrigoyen 211, Plaza de Mayo, Buenos Aires
Tel: +54 11 4343 3051 Fax: +54 11 4344 3803
Home of the President of the Republic and famous for its pink exterior, statues and lush furnishings. The museum at Yrigoyen 219 holds an unusual collection of personal effects of past presidents. Today, the Grenadiers of San Martín in their smart red and blue uniforms stand to attention around the perimeter.



There´s a lot more to see in this city, this is just a little article about it, but I hope that it gives you a better view of what is this wonderfull city.

Bye, ´till next post.

Rodrigo

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