Monday, 14 January 2008

Cooldown in the park

It's summertime and time to enjoy some fresh air and sun.

Escape to the parks in the northwestern barrios of Palermo and Belgrano and enjoy the large grassy areas, trees and lakes.

If the heat gets to you then don't worry, it wont be long until a bicycle-riding drink and icecream vender will pass through your way.

Friday, 11 January 2008

Tango La Boca

El Caminito is a small, colourful section of streets in Buenos Aires' barrio of La Boca. Here the buildings are covered in brightly painted sheets of metal, representative of the patchwork of construction made by the mostly poor Italian immigrants to the area in the late 19th century.

Today many tourists are attracted to Caminito to wander along the streets and peruse the paintings and other artworks on display. It's a nice place to enjoy a meal in one of the outdor cafés and watch Tango dancers perform in the street.

Wednesday, 9 January 2008

Cúpula del Cementerio

A stroll through the Cementerio de la Recoleta is an amazing experience. Extravagant tombs dating back as far as the early 1800's offer a glimpse of the wealth and power held by the country's influencial families and famous people.

The cemetery was first constructed in Recoleta by the French engineer Próspero Catelin back in 1822, then remodeled in 1881 by Italian architect Juan A. Buschiazzo. It really is like a minuature city for the dead, with beautiful buildings and sculptures at every turn of the eye.

Tuesday, 8 January 2008

Early morning queues

The sun is still to rise yet the streets of Buenos Aires never sleep. Party-goers return from a night out on the town, cleaners tend to the pavements and shopkeepers prepare their businesses for the coming day.

Here on the street Uruguay, a long queue has formed by 6am - wrapping around onto another street. What are the people waiting for? They require a certificate from the nearby Registro de Antecedentes but only a few hundred are given out on any particular day.

Welcome to my photos of Buenos Aires

Buenos Aires is a city full of charms and contradicitons. Saltry tango dancers masquerade in the streets of San Telmo and La Boca while the city's homeless sleep in grassy parks amongst the tall buildings.

Living in Buenos Aires is an adventure and I hope to share some of it with you by means of my camera and an eye for things a little different.