After a spectacular evening with friends at Don Julio ( purportedly one of the finest Parrilla Grills in the city!) you would think that we would take a leisurely morning to get ourselves ready to head back hone….well, you’d be wrong! Dan and I did most of our packing last night then got up early to finish it off, grab a quick coffee and some left over cheese and crackers for a quick bite, then checkout and then… hit a city tour that would take us the morning!
We began our tour at the main square in Buenos Aires, right in front of the Pink Palace. (Office of the president and some of his cabinet)
We drove through many different neighborhoods seeing the sites that made them famous, and listening to the stories of their rise and fall… and sometimes rebirth! AS we travelled north, we visited the Boca barrio or district. This is very well know for it’s colourful homes that were originally made out of shipping materials, and painted with left over paints from the ships (La Boca was the original port for the city). A small street or two has been gentrified and is the number one tourist destination in this city.
As we were driving along, we passed an underpass under a highway. When the construction was being done a few years ago, they discovered a former detention centre of the past hunta regime. They decided to halt the excavation and put a memorial in site, identifying and memorializing all the people that they could who suffered under this repressive regime.
The bus dropped us back at our hotel around 12:30….just in time for a quick bite before we headed off to the airport. We found a funky little place just around the corner called “Chicken Brothers”. It was run by a couple of guys from just outside of Washington DC…and they made the best chicken burgers I’ve ever tasted!!
Well, lunch was done and then off to the airport we went. A fairly uneventful drive, we managed to get checked in and through to a lovely wine bar to celebrate our trip. One last glass of “domestic” Malbec…..mmmm delicious! Coupled with fabulous wifi, I can actually publish this page before we get home!!