While my mom and Bill were in town, we explored a vast majority of Buenos Aires. They rented a VRBO apartment for us as our home base in the Palermo area of BA. Words can’t describe how nice it was to have an apartment as our home base for the week, where we could bake brownies, fix meals in the kitchen, purchase wine from the grocery to enjoy on the patio, brew endless cups of tea, do our laundry and just being able to leave our stuff out wherever. The nice, comfy bed sans sleep sack were also a real treat!
(Momma & Bill’s first Argentina Malbec; lunch upon arrival)
(Momma & me off to explore; view from our apartment roof)
On Christmas Day we went to our first Parrilla, La Cabrera to have some famous Argentina steak. What we didn’t do is convert the grams to ounces so we wayyyy over ordered on the meat. My mom and I split what was one of the largest steaks I have ever consumed. It did make for some pretty tasty leftovers. La Cabrera also let Danielle & I decorate a plate for their wall. If you visit Buenos Aires and end up eating at La Cabrera, be sure to look for our plate!
The day after Christmas, Momma, Bill and I set off to explore the barrios of San Telmo and La Boca. San Telmo is the oldest barrio of Buenos Aires and is well known for the colonial buildings, tango parlors and antiques. La Boca is a barrio known for being a melting pot of residences of European descent. It is also known for the brightly colored buildings, graffiti painted walls and as the home of the Boca Juniors football club. We did A LOT of walking and very much earned our delicious ice cream cone once we got back to Palermo. Buenos Aires has some of the most tasty ice cream!
On Tuesdays and Thursdays, there is a free tour in English of Recoleta Cemetery. Since Christmas Day fell on Tuesday, we opted to take the Thursday tour. It was extremely informative and interesting. Eva Peron is probably the most famous person buried at Recoleta Cemetery. Her body has been stolen, copied, hidden and then stolen again, however it now rests safely in the Durate family tomb.
On Friday, we decided to check out the Buenos Aires Zoo. If you’re in Buenos Aires and are thinking about going to the zoo, don’t. Maybe I’m spoiled because we just came from we just came from two safaris in Africa. Or maybe because I’ve visited Zoo Atlanta and the San Diego Zoo, both of which are fantastic. The animals at the BA Zoo are kind of…special.
Throughout the week, we had lots of delicious food and wine. Mainly steak. And pizza. And ice cream. Hey, it’s the holidays, right?! On Thursday night, we were able to meet up with one of our Thailand friends (from our 40-person dorm room in Koh Phangan), Marc. He came to meet us to explore Buenos Aires and was staying to travel with us through January 5.
The Buenos Aires subway has tons of graffiti’d cars. On our street art tour, our guide said that one person estimated around 90% of all the trains were tagged. Some of them were quite cool!