Buenos Aires, almost a perfect city
I’ve been thinking about this blog post for a while, trying to find the best description for this wonderful city, though I still find it very difficult. There are so many things to say!
I will start with its architecture that made me constantly stare all around. In the center, Parisian Haussmannian/ Spanish buildings and palaces, Greek churches, very modern glass skyscrapers, ugly blocks…all stand one next to another on large boulevards full of blossomed purple trees. It’s like a marriage of different places that blend one into the other. Heading North, the Recoleta neighborhood rises with its many many parks, all green and full of flowers and all kind of museums – nice museums! We loved being able to see works of Renoir, Picasso, Modigliani and many others and the Bear was happy like a child when he discovered the immense collection of Rodin in the Museum of Belles Artes (yes, the Bear has a passion for this amazing sculptor). And La Boca! This neighborhood with its colorful houses and paved pedestrian streets has its own personality; it might be touristic, but it is full of charm with its many old traditional restaurants and with the street live tango music and dances. It’s like going back in time a few centuries.
And in terms of culture, we just “kiffed” as French would say. First, we went to a modern show, Fuerza Bruta, – music, dance, special effects… a little bit of everything in a new, original set-up: the public stands (no chairs) in the room and the show is everywhere: starts on a front stage, moves in the middle of the room, then above the public, than on the lateral walls and so on. It was crazy cool!
Teatro Colon, an architectural masterpiece on 7 levels, enchanted us with a classic ballet, La Baiadera by Tchaikovsky. 3 acts with international ballet artists from all around the world, including Etoiles from Paris and Netherlands… it was an experience we were hardly waiting to have again!
And in the end, we couldn’t miss a traditional tango show! Music and dance, expressing all kind of emotions: love, hate, attraction, admiration, fun, passion, passion, passion… Tango is a culture in itself! However, seeing the difficult, sometimes acrobatic moves, the Bear said we would never try this ourselves, ha ha.
This city is wonderful! Amazing! I personally loved it, the Bear not that much (but still he liked it). If Argentina did not have so many economic problems, with more than 50% inflation, big unemployment rate and so on, I would certainly include it in my Top 5 favorite cities.