Saturday, March 19, 2011

Buenos Aires, Argentina

Bienvenidos a Bueno Aires! For this blog post, I decided to go to Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Buenos Aires is the capital and largest city in the country, as well as the second largest city in South America, after São Paulo. It is located on the eastern coast of Argentina and on the Río de la Plata. This city is full of life and embraces different cultures; from European immigrant settlements to Asian settlements.

The coolest site to check out while visiting this city has got to be La Boca and Calle Caminito. La Boca is one of Buenos Aires’s most colorful districts, literally: All the buildings are painted with bright colors! The district was first settled by Italian immigrants and is mostly made up of working class citizens. Calle de La Caminito, a large street in the district, was named after a popular tango song and is the center for local art sales and street tango performances.

If dancing is not your thing, you can also visit Galerías Pacífico for some quality shopping time. Once an office building, it was built by renowned architects and sculptors, then was abandoned for over 100 years. In 1989, it was declared as a national historic monument then in 1991, the building reopened as a shopping arcade. The mall includes high-end stores such as Christian Dior, Christian Lacroix, La Martina, Hugo Boss, Polo Ralph Lauren, as well as others. If you’re not up for big spending down in Argentina, you can always enjoy the view: check out the inside of the building!

Buenos Aires is most definitely a city to visit when you get the chance. It is lively and exciting, not to mention busy busy busy with over 12 million people surrounding you everywhere! It is a huge metropolitan city with giant skyscrapers and beautiful European architectural masterpieces all meshed into one unique place.

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