It just occurred to me...why do they call it Buenos Aires, which means "good air"? It's hot as Hades, and humid to boot. Linda and I are sweating through our clothing. It's mayhem - full of fast moving traffic on the streets, attractive people crowding the sidewalks, lovely buildings (both well maintained and crumbling) lining the streets. To me it resembles Manhattan's upper East Side in the 70's, before all the tall apartment buildings were built.
A few door away we saw a motley group of young people with signs and T shirts saying "Speak English". Confusing until we figured out that they were advertising a language school.
We took a walk to the Plaza San Martin, a big plaza surrounded by monuments, shops, tall buildings and hotels.
Like Mexico, there were beautiful churches, one of which (don't ask me which one) is shown below.
The streets were full of interesting and amusing sights, like this garbage bin...
and this amazing tree!
At Plaza de Mayo, a large main square, we descended for a coffee and a snack at....Starbucks! Note the view of the shoeshine behind Linda.
We saw many lovely buildings and monuments all over town.
We eventually got off at La Boca, an area by the River Plata (which we couldn't see at this point) where immigrants used to arrive early in the 20th century.
Now, all the buildings are brightly painted with different colors to simulate that era. Very very touristy, but charming all the same. Nothing to buy here (a shock for me!). Seemed to be a poor part of town, except for the tourist shops.
and these silly things!
although not the end of the day, this is the end of the posting, in order to move the blog along. See you soon.