|Dog Exercise Area|
|Professional Dog Walkers|
|Avenue 9 De Julio (July)|
|Walking Area in the Middle of the Avenue|
|Teatro Colon - Theater|
|Some Other Ornate Buildings|
Actually Buenos Aires is on the banks of the river delta – Rio de la Plata. It is naturally a very flat area with wetlands along the coast which attract migrating birds. In that we have been walking miles, I am so glad it has been flat!
Once we began walking, we walked for miles! However we did stop at Café Tortoni for a coffee and a piece of cake (badly needed). Outside the restaurant we met an American couple – they asked if we would take their photo – they were from Kansas and are here with his father. His father had an interesting experience too. Someone slashed the bottom of his zippered pocket so that his wallet fell out. When they noticed it, his passport was halfway out of the opening, but he did not lose it. Us American tourist are obvious and are targets in the world of crime, as they know we have money on us.
|Café Tortoni - Outside|
Regarding our drama yesterday, we have been monitoring all our accts – someone tried to charge $21 to our credit card account. Of course it did not and will not work, as the account is closed, but they tried! Besides canceling all accounts, we also notified the 3 credit bureaus, so that no one can get a credit report or open a credit acct.
We walked and walked today - down Avenue 9 of July, Plaza Ave de Mayo, and over to the area of Puerto Madero (very modern area recently developed). It was a lovely day for walking and we saw a lot. I am not sure how to describe the City. It definitely has a European feel, and some areas are great, while other parts of the city have a “tired” feeling. Also parts of the city infrastructure have a “tired” feeling. It takes a lot of money to keep a city like this looking great, and the economy here is not that good. We are very glad we are staying in the Recoleta area – the best part of the city.
|One of Many Water Fountains|
|Sculpture in the Fountaain|
|Cathedral Metropolitano on Plaza De Mayo|
|Inside the Cathedral|
|Tomb of General Jose San Martin - Famous Liberating Warrior|
|One of the side Chapels|
|Plaza De Mayo - Location of many Historic Political Demonstrations and Events|
|Building Surrounding the Plaza|
|Casa Rosada - Presidential Palace|
|Balcony where Eva Peron made her Historic Farewell|
|Repurposed Warehouses on the Puerto Madero - Old Harbor|
|Large Ship in the Harbor|
|Woman's Bridge - Puente de la Mujer|
|Political/Labor Union March|
|Store Fronts on Street Corners|
To say the least we were exhausted when we returned to the hotel. We thought we had plans to have dinner tonight at 9:00pm with one of Cal’s former students from Mt Pleasant, who lives in one of the suburbs of BsAs and we definitely needed a rest, as we will be up late tonight. However, when we returned to the hotel there was a message of cancellation due to illness in her family, so we rescheduled for tomorrow night (Tue). We found a very nice restaurant about 2 ½ blocks from the hotel and had an excellent meal.
This afternoon there were union marches/protest regarding wages. They kept all the marches confined to one street, - totally blocking the traffic from this area which is good. We understand that tomorrow there will be more marches as well as strikes.