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‘Bewitching Buenos Aires, Argentina’ by K.J.S.Chatrath

Argentina is a country far, far away from India. When I applied for a tourist visa, I was pleasantly surprised to know that Argentina does not charge any visa fee for tourists from India! Bravo Argentina.

The flight I took was long –  Delhi to Paris 8-9 hours and then Paris to Buenos Aires (BA) 15 hours- these were the actual flying hours, not counting boarding/waiting/queuing etc.

Once the flight landed in Buenos Aires, I  suddenly felt an air of openness. The airport formalities/security/customs etc. were really smooth and didn’t take much time.  My advice to the fellow fifty plus travelers- plan your first day on reaching BA for rest and letting your body clock  get adjusted.

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28 laned Avenida 9 de Julio. (Photo source Wikipedia)

My modest hotel was located centrally in one of the side lanes of the awesome Avenida de 9  Julio, or the Avenue of 9th July commemorates the day Argentina achieved independence- way back on 9th July 1816.

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Another view of Avenida 9 de Julio. (Photo by K.J.S.Chatrath)

It is the widest avenue in the world. The avenue has up to seven lanes in each direction and is flanked on either side by parallel streets of two lanes each- making it a whopping 28 lane avenue. The distance between adjacent streets is roughly 110 m, which makes it larger than the equivalent distance in Manhattan, New York, U.S.A.

 

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A grave in the Recoleta cemetery. Photo by K.J.S.Chatrath

A visit to BA definately means a visit, howsoever brief to  the famous La Recoleta Cemetery, locally called Cementerio de la Recoleta in Spanish. Some of the notable people whose graves are located there include Eva Peron, Presidents of Argentina, Nobel Prize winners and a grand daughter of Napoleon. BBC and CNN have, in 2011 and 2013, listed this cemetery as one of the 10 most beautiful in the world. I would be separately posting photo articles on this cemetery in my other website- www.gravematters.in.

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You have to witness Tango performances in BA. It is an amazingly electrifying and softly erotic dance. More on it in one of my coming photo articles. (Photo by K.J.S.Chatrath)

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I found the people of BA, are referred to as portenos  (people of the port) to be  cheerful, friendly and helpful. This pretty young lady happily posed for me even though I did not buy a single hat from her. Oh, how much I wish I could have bought all her hats! (Photo by K.J.S.Chatrath)

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         La Casa Rosada or the The Pink House. (Photo by K.J.S.Chatrath)

La Casa Rosada (The Pink House) known officially as Casa de Gobierno (Government House) is the executive residence and office of the President of Argentina. The characteristic color of the Casa Rosada is  called baby pink. The building has been declared a National Historic Monument of Argentina and also houses a museum, which contains objects relating to former Presidents of Argentina.

    Gab2-sabatini-wikipediaGabriela Sabatini. (Photo source: Wikipedia)

I was hoping to get a glimpse of the first glamour girl of ladies tennis- the 5 ft-9 inches tall Gabriela Sabatini who had taken the world by storm- both by her good looks and her high quality tennis.  It was only later that the Russians surprised the world by fielding almost an army of very pretty, tall, young lady tennis players of high quality (btw Maria Sharapova is 6′-2″!).  The other person that I wanted to some how catch a glimpse of was the magical Maradona. Alas, alas! Neither of these wishes got granted.

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‘Futball’ match. (Photo by K.J.S.Chatrath)

To make up for this, I went and witnessed a ‘futball’ match between a local team and a team from Mexico. It was vibrant, colourful, noisy and infectious. I would present more of it in a separate photo article later.

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 And this is what the Avenue of 9th July looks like after dark. (Photo source Wikipedia).

May I invite you to see the other photo articles on Argentina published by me by clicking at the links given below:

“Visit to El Chalten, the trekking capital of Argentina – a curtain raiser” by K.J.S.Chatrath; http://www.fiftyplustravels.com/?p=1481

“Trekking in El Chalten, Argentina”  by K.J.S.Chatrath; http://www.fiftyplustravels.com/?p=1963

“El Chalten -II,  Argentina” by K.J.S.Chatrath; http:/www.fiftyplustravels.com/?p=1984

“El Chalten III, Argentina” by K.J.S.Chatrath; http://www.fiftyplustravels.com/?p=2005

“National Museum of History of Argentina, Buenos Aires” by K.J.S.Chatrath; http://www.fiftyplustravels.com/?p=1623

‘National Institute of Latin American Anthropology and Thought in BueBuenos Aires, Argentina” by K.J.S.Chatrath; http://www.fiftyplustravels.com/?p=2046

“Ushuaia, Argentina: the southern most town in the world” by K.J.S.Chatrath; http://www.fiftyplustravels.com/?p=2064

Go my dear fiftyplus travellers- bewitching Buenos Aires is waiting for you.

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Photos, text & copyright K.J.S.Chatrath

IMPORTANT: This website does not sell any hotel rooms/air tickets/packages/insurance cover etc.  It is intended only for providing information to the Fifty+/younger travellers and sharing of travel experiences. The above information is being shared only for the convenience of the readers who are advised to double check the information and satisfy themselves before taking any decision.

May I invite you to visit my other website   www.gravematters.in

and my blog www.anaap-shnaap.blogspot.com ?

These photographs are also available without watermark and in high resolution. Please contact chatrath@gmail.com.

4 Responses to “‘Bewitching Buenos Aires, Argentina’ by K.J.S.Chatrath”

  1. Madhukar says:

    If Usain Bolt tried to cross the Avenue on full speed he would take 10 seconds. Other mortals walking across would take a couple of minutes. I wonder how long do the pedestrians get the green light for.

    • chat says:

      @ Madhukar: I did cross the 28 lanes a couple of times and it was a fun experience. The traffic lights were well synchronized and one had to wait just a while, a few times.

  2. sukhdev Bedi says:

    Very refreshing pictures of Buenos Aires. Salaam to your spirit of adventure once again for undertaking such a long journey from India to visit such a distant continent with a vibrant spanish culture.

    • chat says:

      @Bedi Sahib: Thanks. I noticed a very large number of Canadian tourist in Buenos Aires. I would recommend that you too make a trip to Argentina.

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