We stayed at the Claridge, a lively, urbane hotel that we booked through Wotif, our favourite hotel reservations site that we had not been able to use for some time. From our central location, we could walk to
Near the hotel, Sally came across a kiosk selling maps. She was surprised to discover on one world map, that within
We would have gone shopping at the only branch store of Harrods outside of
A few blocks away, we walked along Avenue 9th of July, the widest street in the world. It takes a few minutes to cross! Like many other streets in the city, portions are lined with magnificent old buildings, including some excellent examples of Art Nouveau.
However, two highlights were the
I also enjoyed Boca, a poorer Italian neighbourhood, with colourful painted buildings and lots of art for sale in the streets. I was tempted to buy a painting of tango dancers, but Sally had already purchased a small 'tango' painting, and didn't want our house looking like a dance school. There was also a lot of work in local galleries that I would have liked to have brought home. This is a city that places a high value on the arts.
The Teatro Colon Opera House, considered by many to have the best acoustics in the world, was near our hotel. I walked over to buy tickets for an evening performance, unaware it is closed until May 2008 for renovations. I suggested to Sally that we see Cabaret instead; but she wasn't as keen to hear 'Money Makes the World go Around' in Spanish, as I was.
We traveled around by Subway. BA has a very extensive system with four lines, and an excellent mapping system which helps tourists get around. Our favourite line was the first one, which still uses old wooden cars with wooden seats.
On the third morning, we came upon a large Travel Agency. We needed to get to
But first, we have decided to take a 3 day side trip to