Plaza de Mayo, San Telmo and Avenida 9 de Julio
06.02.2013 29 °C
After the travelling and activities of the last couple of weeks we needed a lie in, and we managed one until 8.30am in our comfy new room. Breakfast was a little chaotic, with not enough seats to go round in the breakfast room, but the coffee was strong and there was croissants and spreads, so not too bad in the end.
We had a lazy morning and then decided to stay local today, walking from our hostel down to Plaza de Mayo. The buildings around the city really are beautiful and at the bottom of the Plaza was Casa Rosado. This was where Eva Peron, the first lady of Argentina, stood in the balcony to address the masses and where Madonna stood later when she played Evita.
More buildings off the plaza
Continuing our walk, we visited the neighbourhood of San Telmo, which has lots of shops and antique markets to look around. In Plaza Dorrego, the square was full of restaurants and bars with tables and chairs outside, and we watched a couple doing the Tango.
Away from the square we had lunch a little cafe. I ordered a chicken salad sandwich, which came out with a whole chicken thigh and leg in it - bone in leg and all?! - plus cheese and ham. Everything in South America so far seems to come with cheese and ham. Really tasty though.
Our walk then took us to a busy shopping area called San Nicolas, where we were constantly being shouted at "Cambio, Cambio". Exchanging Argentine Peso is not allowed, so these are people who illegally exchange money (cambio)...needless to say we didn't do this.
Heading back to the hostel, down Avenida 9 de Julio - the widest avenue in the world apparently, and so busy as I said on the last blog (see picture)- we passed the beautiful Teatro Colon, Buenos Aires' main Opera house, but unfortunately there was nothing on until March.
There is also the Obelisk, which was built to commemorate the city, and just by it an enormous image of a couple doing the Tango on one of the buildings. I've since read this space is used for different works of art, and this was linked to the Tango World Cup and Festival being held in the city.
And beyond that, artwork of Eva Peron on the side of one of the buildings...
Back at the hostel we did some research for our trip, in particular to see Machu Picchu, looking at the climb up Huayna Picchu, which is the mountain you see at the back of the ruins in all the picture postcard shots. After reading a few blogs and watching some YouTube clips, I've decided against it, being scared of heights it's not for me, but Andrew is definitely going to do it!