February 27, 2009

Sightseeing in BA

For our final days in Argentina, we headed back to BA for our final days in Argentina, with Meag and Guille in tow, for some sightseeing.

The colorful La Boca neighborhood is the quintessential image of Buenos Aires. In fact, this is a historically poor neighborhood on the river (although this pocket of it around El Caminito Street is now overly touristy), and rumor has it that the pretty amalgamation of bright colors actually originated from paint scraps leftover from shipping boats that residents used to spruce up their tin-roofed homes.

Meag led us to Museo de Bellas Artes de la Boca Benito Quinquela Martin, which was once the studio of the artist Benito Quinquela Martin, and features his paintings of boats, as well as the work of other Argentine artists.

There is also an interesting collection of old ship mastheads.

And more sculptures outside on the terrace.

But we were really there for the views of La Boca from the roof.

(Aw, my favorite picture from the trip)

We also visited the amazing Flea Market in the neighborhood of San Telmo, which takes place every Sunday and is a don't miss.

It was way cooler than any flea market I've been to before - lots of antiques - from old rotary phones and gramophones to lace to kitchen items to jewelry and knick knacks and on and on.

Jesse bought a safety razor (I think that's what it's called), which made me happy because I've always wanted him to have one but they're hard to come by. They are more environmentally friendly than plastic disposable razors because the metal razor lasts forever (clearly) and you only need to replace the razor blade.

Argentina tales to be continued

1 comment:

LD said...

Hi Julia how are you? :)

I found your emails looking for some ship mastheads and i found this beautiful pic in your blog:


Do you have more angles from that image? i need a inspiration for model a 3d work and this image is perfect :) Let me know...
send me a email , Ldgree@gmail.com