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Our First 72 hours in BsAs

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Our First 72 hours in BsAs

We arrived late Saturday afternoon, changed funds at Banco de la Nacion, toop a VIP Car remise into town, and got settled in. Then we walked around, a bit zombie-like, after about 20 hours of flying: New Brunswick-Toronto-Santiago-EZE. We like the barrio where our apartment is located (Palermo Botanico). It is a quiet, green neighborhood near lots of parks and gardens. We had dinner at the very nice Bella Italia Cafe & Bar on LaFinur and followed up the meal with delicious helado at the "new" Jauja at the corner of Cervino & Lafinur. They are the "new kid in town" having originated in Bariloche and the staff are eager to serve and to explain the different flavors to the uninitiated.

Sunday, we walked a bit in the morning and then spent the afternoon with Norma, a cicerone (volunteer guide for visitors)--she was wonderful and gave us a great overview of the important landmarks in the city---we drove around in her car. We walked a bit in Recoleta with her and then had a bite at La Biela---overpriced, okay food, but a real traditional, old school place in the tony Recoleta barrio.

Sunday night we were invited by our new friends, Jill and Ken from Collingwood ON, to go to Puerto Madero where there is a restaurant featuring terrific opera singers, al fresco, on Sunday evenings. You get a table and a drink for 45 pesos. It was great. Joining us were Gonza, a U of Buenos Aires medical student and a few of his young friends. Later in the evening we all went to the true hotspot for street food, where the yellow parrillas wagons line up along the Costanera Sur, located on the far side of Puerto Madero Este, running its entire length along the canal and ecological reserve. We enjoyed a late night snack of choripan, bandiola al limon and beverages, then said our goodnights and all ventured home by taxi. Second day here, and we just broke our vow that there would be no late nights for us!

Monday morning, I had some dental work done. Peg was mortified that I would even consider such a thing, but Dr. Pelcman has a very solid reputation so I was not concerned about the care, and the cost is about 1/3, compared to at home so you could make the case that the savings in dental care paid for the trip!.

On the way home we got some groceries at the Disco and then had lunch at the Museo Evita Cafe. Very nice.

It started to rain in the afternoon, so we returned to Bella Italia, since it so close by and we again had a nice dinner, with that neighbor hood bistro feel. On the way home we stopped at Tatu Empanadas Salteñas and picked up a mixed dozen of empanadas (carne picante, jamon y queso, tomate queso y albahca, and pollo picante) to have on hand in the fridge for lunches and snacks. They specialize in the Salta regional dishes and they are situated directly across the street from our place.

Today we wandered around in the Jardin Botanico Carlos Thays designed by the French Argentine landscape architect. Thays was a French immigrant (1849-1934) who designed many of the famous parks and plazas throughout the city and in other areas of the country too. The botanical gardens is just a wonderful, well cared for space, and most of the specimens are identified.

So, that's our first 72 hours in BsAs.

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1. Re: Our First 72 hours in BsAs

Sounds wonderful! I'm living vicariously through your posts - update us more. I'm hoping to visit Buenos Aires sometime next year.

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Very nice post, Kevin.

You and DW might want to forget that idea of "no late nights' - you can resume that lifestyle when back in Canada :-)

I am so glad that your intro to BsAs, and to Palermo Botanico, are flowing so nicely. All that preparation paid off.

Keep up the good reporting/posting/enjoying.



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Ahhh, what a nice landing you have had ! I am glad you used a Cicerone and glad that you liked Bella Italia .. There is another where we like to have lunch in Belgrano, if you find yourself over there ..

No late nights in Buenos Aires ! Are you mad ?? lol ..

Thank you for posting your first hours here, looking forward to more.

chau, gracias~

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Thanks for the great report. I really like the neighborhood you're in, and Bella Italia Cafe. Their big brother, Bella Italia Restaurant, is a real treat. Love the late night food stall scene. Keep the reports coming! Missing BsAs and eager to get back.

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You both have gotten in to the swing of things SO effortlessly!!!!

Keep posting!!!

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Felicidades!!! You have become a Porteno in only 72hours.

Have fun with your holiday!!

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I really enjoyed reading your post. We are heading to BA in April for 2 weeks to visit our son. We usually go to the Caribbean to all inclusives and this is our first "big" trip abroad. We are renting an apartment (thanks to TA for all the info on that) at Virasoro/Charcas in Palermo and I believe we will be taking the same route that you did (NB-TO-Santiago-BA) Your excellent report kind of walked me through what our experience might be like when we arrive and if possible I am looking forward to the trip even more!

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Milli, the destination experts on this board are really great, so you have a world of information at your beckoning.

Also, with the experience of your son to count on you are sure to have a great visit.

Your apartment is about 2 blocks west of the Jardin Botanico, while ours is two blocks east so it's practically the same neighborhood. I think you will enjoy it very much. Lots of shops and good restaurants and easy access to transportation.

Have fun planning, and with your trip!

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9. Re: Our First 72 hours in BsAs

Wonderful wonderful that you've gone to the parrillas at Costanera Sur and enjoyed bondiola and choripan that's VERY porteño indeed !

Have you crossed the little pedestrian bridge ?



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10. Re: Our First 72 hours in BsAs

Great report! Thank you for taking time writing it.

Unfortunately we did not know about this Constanera Sur street food place when we were in BA. Then I saw it on one of Adrew Zimmern shows on Travel channel. Oh I felt bad I did not go there...I miss choripan and morcilla and all that Argentinian street food...