Cry me for Argentina .....!! Leaving Montevideo to Buenos Aries on the Buquebus, the ferry that cross the Rio de la Plata. The ferry ride
took us about 3 hours. Half hour before arriving at the ferry terminal, we could see Buenos Aries from far. And we saw dark smoke rising,
it was a hugh fire in the city ! It was a forest fire in the ecological reserve located just outside of Buenos Aries.
We booked a day of hotel at the Golden Tulip, a five-star hotel built on a historical building. Lucky Gevan and Dan got a room upgrade that
inside their room, they have a hot tub. After settling in, Gord, Trina and I started to do sightseeing. We walked down Av. Callao to the
Nacional Congresso, and then down Av. 9 Julio through the core of the city.
November 8, 2005
Buenos Aries from far away
It's on fire !
The ecological reserve was on fire !
On the Buquebus .. Click to play video (8 MB file).
That was lugguage tag on the ferry. I didn't go with Juan Patricio. It was the ferry's name.
Out taxi driver was getting so excited ...
Feeling the vibe of the city, the traffic was amazing and so was the driver. It was literally only a few inches between cars on the road.
Here we go, downtown Buenos Aries traffic.
Look carefully at what magazines they were selling ....
Designated loading/unloading zone for tourist only, nobody else ....
Leftover from the South America summit ....
My signature shadow
Subway at Buenos Aries
7 lanes plus 2 collector lanes traffic on this side ..and of course the other side's as well
What a nice background.
Hm... What else could I say ?
Have some national pride here ....
Cry for me Arrr...gentina ....
Not a good name for a hotel ...
Building on Lavalle
Shopping district ...
Thank you, come again ....
The Obelisco is was really something that it was built in the center of Avenido 9 Julio, the 14 lanes road. It stood up in the middle
and cars had to go around it. It gave me a sense of being strong and tall. I guessed because it was built in the middle of the busiest road,
it was so different comparing to the the National Monument at Washington DC, where the surrounding was a park.
Thereafter, we walked through the shopping district for almost 3 hours.
You have to see to feel it Click to play video (20 MB file).
Inside Galerias Pacifico on Florida
Drinks, Ladies & Afairs, ... Ok, Let's go inside
Parilla ..again ...
My butterfly tenderloin
As we were heading back to Argentina side, our 2nd car accident happened. This time our car hit someone's from behind as our driver was looking down to
check on something. Man, ...it was dangerous. We then followed to do our eco-adventure, climbing, ziplining, and water fall rappelling. The day was really
full of surprises. We missed Iguazu.
November 12 -16, 2005
We were renting an apartment unit in the Palermo neighbourhood in Buenos Aries. We paid USD $750 for a whole week for 5 of us. It was
an awesome unit facing south on the 24th floor. The building itself wasn't old at all, with good security guards and more importantly
very NICE and good looking neighbours!
Anyways, the first evening we spent walking around in Palermo Soho area. We walked into a restaurant called Cluny with very nice decor.
We ate our dinner at about 10pm, and amazingly the place started to fill up at 11pm. What a nightlife ! We walked out at about 12 mid-night, and
the neighbourhood were packed with people in the clubs. It felt so alive.
A preview of Buenos Aries from our apartment rental. Taken at 3pm in the afternoon.
A tour at our apartment rental .. Click to play video (80 MB file).
Buenos Aries at 7:30pm
Buenos Aries at 9:45pm
At Cluny Restaurant
I ordered Lamb at Cluny
Buenos Aries at 3am in the morning.
Sorry, my signature shadow again !
A military memorial at Recoleta.
Argentina Flag - del Sol
National Museum at Buenos Aries
Spring time at Buenos Aries .. everything blooms ...
I forgot the name alreay!
... in a neighbourhood park ...
... in the same park ...
Buenos Aries Arts Museum
Just like the dormitory meal plan, ...
I ordered "A", and it came with a beer and OJ for brunch.
A tour at Olsen restaurant .. Click to play video (25 MB file).
Very cool waterfall inside Olsen
Guess what this is ? It was a night club.
Outside La Boca Juniors Football Stadium
We booked seats to see a La Boca Juniors football (soccer) game at Buenos Aries. "La Boca" in Spanish means the "The mouth of ...". La Boca
is a poor neighbourhood located at the mouth of the port terminal on Rio del la Plata. It carried the unqiue decor that most houses were painted
in simple bright colors. The history was that people were so poor that they used the scrap metal to build their hosue and painted the houses using
leftover paint from the shipyard.
Why La Boca Juniors ? Maradona played there where he was young ! It was a superb experience to watch such a football. Even though La Boca lost 0-1 to
opponent, the atmosphere was incredibly charged with "Football Fan" passion. See the video clip(s).
Entering the stadium
Me with the La Boca Fans on the background
Dan said, "Yeah..."
Why no.12 ? The fans are the official 12th player of the team!
The game was getting started ... look at this guy.
Here we go !!!
Look at the aftermath ....
Welcoming La Boca Juniors Players ... Click to play video (128 MB file).
La Boca almost scored right here ....hit the post.
Season pass to La Boca Juniors games.
Couldn't to see this view again ....
Look at these fans ...... Click to play video (41 MB file).
La Boca Fans yelling at the River Plata Fans.. Click to play video (57 MB file).
... built in 1822 ...
Hmmm... a lot of important people here ...
Quite a artisitic cemetery.
This is the angel guarding them
They certainly had some history in this cemetery
This is Evita's grave.
See the reflection ... cool.
This is the church next to the cemetery, it is now a national historic site.
I didn't change the colour of it. It is painted this way.
Waaaahla, look what I found !
Canadian Embassy in Buenos Aries
A cool side-walk cafe with big red couches.
It is a very popular profession in BA. Dog walkers !
This was our apartment rental.
We got 2 cafe downstairs below the apartment.
This was how tight they parked their cars.
Very neat design to prevent parked cars blocking access. I think we should adopt this.
Fruit Market. They wrote all the prices on the wall.
Gallery Restaurant in Polermo Soho district.
Twin towers church in the middle of the town.
Appetizers at La Cabana, the famous steakhouse in BA.
My medium-rare rib-eye.
Riding the bus to La Boca district
Just another church ...
There were people living in this houses in La Boca.
Quoted from Daniel, "There is always a man and a horse"
What a paint job ...
... It made good picture ...
Should we play some tango music here ....
They needed some spring cleaning here, perhaps!
Stonepaved ....all the way.
Again, my signature shadow.
Don Benito on the wall.
Light's out !
A very insteresting restaurant that we ate at.
Also painted as other La Boca residents.
Entrance inside the restautant.
very nice paintings ....
Gevan was buying us lunch here ...nah you wish !
It's a very classy decorated restaurant.
La carte, por fabor!
Can you see outside ?
I ordered Lamb !
Puerto Madero - La Boca
Couldn't have enough of it !
What a nice apartment !
This is so original .... One OJ please !
Plaze de Mayo ...
I guess this was where they declared independence ...