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First Stop – Buenos Aires

ALAS everyone the long wait for the opening of bytheshaw.com.au is over…….

After a 14 hour plane ride from Sydney, in which we pretended it was our honeymoon and got an upgrade to Premium Economy (we highly recommend you try this), we arrived at our first destination, Buenos Aires – the capital of Argentina.

We were never big believers in Jet Lag but on this trip it exists!!!!! We were walking zombies for the first day or two as we checked out the city. It’s a pretty cool place with a few things you should see when you visit. Before you do, it might help to brush up on your Spanish or a few words anyway… Hola, Grazias, Adios….

In the city itself there are plenty of shops, some large monuments and buildings, a ridiculous amount of people and a crazy amount of buses (sounds amazing doesn’t it??). There are some great places to dine and hit the town although we can’t really speak of these as the ‘Lag’ had us in bed by 8.30pm both nights (soft – we know).

Sky scrapers of Buenos Aires with wetlands in foreground

Sky scrapers of Buenos Aires with wetlands in foreground

Those queuing on the left are in fact lining up for a sandwich. Idea: Open a sandwich bar in BA.

Those queuing on the left are in fact lining up for a sandwich. Idea: Open a sandwich bar in BA.

If you venture out of the CBD there are a few fantastic places to check out. The first is not really highlighted in the guides or maps but is a pretty spectacular site on the doorstep of the CBD. An Ecological Nature Reserve which is a protected wetlands area home to numerous bird species and some reptiles.

<p>This beautiful wetlands is right next to the CBD</p>

This beautiful wetlands is right next to the CBD

<p>Hundreds of birds live here as opposed to the city where the only bird you'll find is, you guessed it, Pigeons. </p>

Hundreds of birds live here as opposed to the city where the only bird you'll find is, you guessed it, Pigeons.

We can’s say that visiting cemeteries is high on our ‘must see’ list but when you get to suburb of Recoleta (a wealthy area of Buenos Aires) the main attraction is the Cemetery where Eva Peron (among many things, Eva was famous for helping poor and homeless Argentinians) is buried. There are also some tombs and grave stones that are as big as 3 stories high and are worth hundreds of thousands of dollars.

<p>Eva Peron died on July 10, 2003 & people still leave her fresh flowers each day.</p>

Eva Peron died on July 10, 2003 & people still leave her fresh flowers each day.

The last stop in BA was the birth place of a man, or for some Argentinians ‘a God’ (at least his hand), they call Maradonna. The Soccer superstar who has made a lot of headlines in recent times for the wrong reasons. Its also the birthplace of the Tango. La Boca is easily recognisable for the extremely colourful buildings – it has great culture and is a fun way to spend an afternoon in Buenos Aires.

<p>The original houses were a dull corrugated so the owners painted them all sorts of colours to brighten them up.</p>

The original houses were a dull corrugated so the owners painted them all sorts of colours to brighten them up.

Tango takes place in the restaurants, bars and streets of La Boca.

  • Helen Higgins

    looks fab Pete more shots of chook please.At the farm with all of the Hoppes enjoying your website
    Have a great Easter guessing there’s no Haighs there
    LoveHelen

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