It was cool to see our mother country while flying through the air. It has a lot of absolutely beautiful things! After admiring it all, it left me wanting more, and when I landed, I couldn't find my family. I started running around and found them.
The Puente de la Mujer has become a real icon of Buenos Aires. It's in Puerto Madero, the trendiest district of the city, and was designed by the Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava. It's a pedestrian bridge, and it opens gracefully to allow ships to pass through. Puerto Madero is a very interesting neighbourhood, and I like to stand on the centre of the Puente de la Mujer to appreciate the view. You can see twenty restaurants on one of the docks, and the buildings surrounding the bridge are truly stunning.
There are colouful cranes, not here for work, but rather just to enhance the appearance of the modern port. The frigate Sarmiento, the first ship of the Navy School of Argentina, now a public museum, is anchored just past the bridge. The bridge, Calatrava's first project in Latin America, depicts a couple dancing tango. It is said that the man's silhouette is straight and the woman is leaning. Located on one side, in the center or across on the opposite side of the bridge, I confess that I could not identify the dancers. In this neighbourhood, all the streets are named after famous, influential women, and this bridge, linking Puerto Madero with the rest of Buenos Aires, is a remarkable work of contemporary architecture.
Salta la Linda is full of monuments. It is a village north of Argentina where the war of independence from Spain began. It is the most colonial city in the country, which has colonial monuments and it is a pleasure to walk around the Plaza de Armas. The Church of San Francisco is pure Baroque, from the entrance of the gates there seems to be fabric curtains, the color is beautiful and at night the church is amazing. Along with the Cathedral, this is the most visited church in the entire city.
The Bariloche Civic Center is made up of a series of buildings made with stone and local wood. Its original design was made by San Carlos de Bariloche in his trademark style. Unlike most urban centers in which the church and municipal buildings are around a square in a square, the Civic Center of San Carlos de Bariloche was designed in a U shape leaving one side open facing Lake Nahuel Huapi.
The Buenos Aires Cabildo is found on Bolivar Street, facing the Plaza de Mayo and the Casa Rosada. It can be distinguished from all the surrounding architecture by its endearing low-rise colonial style, simple and very white. It is the oldest building in the city, dating back to 1610, although it has undergone numerous changes over time. It was the governmental and administrative core when Buenos Aires was just a village; the first seat of government and the first city jail were both found here. Eventually, when Buenos Aires became the capital of the Viceroyalty of the Rio de la Plata, the council expanded, growing in size and importance. It was also the epicenter of the May Revolution. It's a shame that a building with such a long and exciting history has been partly demolished. This happened in 1894, when the Avenida de Mayo was designed. Before this, the Cabildo had eleven arches. Now, it has only five. Today the building is an interesting place to visit, with a museum inside that can show you something about the early history of Buenos Aires.
Across the square of July 9, and steps from the Cathedral and Church of San Francisco, this lovely building, symbol of the city of Salta, is the best preserved of Argentina. Constructed in the year 1780 in a colonial style, the building remains unchanged. Today, you there are two interesting museums: the Museo Histórico del Norte, and the Colonial Museum and Fine Arts. The schedule to visit the Cabildo are Tuesday to Sunday from 9.30 am to 13.30 pm and from Tuesday to Friday from 15.30 to 20.30 . Saturdays it is open from 16.30 to 20.30 hs.
Like a mirage on the road, this place is the sanctuary of the Deceased Correa and to stop is unavoidable. The Sanjuanino sun scratches any surface and the air is oily and quiet. Burning, everything is burning. The slowness of trucks arriving or leaving after having a languid lunch at noon, there is total silence. I climbed the stairs from the walkway to the top of the monument very slowly, absolutely shocked by the amount of offerings. The silence becomes a whisper. The whisper increases with each step, wherever I look. The path to the top is a choir, a song, a prayer of faith dedicated to the Deceased, profane holy, Correa.
The Torre Monumental is one of those strange places that you'll find all over Buenos Aires. This 75-meter tower is conveniently situated in a neighborhood full of other historical monuments. In the early twentieth century the English residents in Buenos Aires decided to finance the construction of a tower to commemorate the May Revolution where Argentina won independence from the Spanish Crown.
The whole project was English from beginning to end: the architects, the construction company and even bricks and cement were brought from England. At the top of the 75-meter tower are the twin shields of Argentina and Britain, inaugurated in 1916. The original name, Torre Monumental, was soon forgotten, and it was known as the Torre de los Ingleses. But in 1982, after the outbreak of the Falklands War, the tower suffered at the hands of Argentines, who attacked this English symbol in the center of the capital. It wasn't until 2000 that the tower was restored, renamed with its original moniker of Torre Monumental, with the British Plaza where it stands renamed to the rather jingoistic Plaza of the Argentinian Air Force. As if this were not enough, directly opposite, on the hillside overlooking the Plaza San Martín, the Memorial to the Fallen in the Falklands War was installed. Today you can visit the Tower, which stands in one of the busiest parts of the city. If you go to Buenos Aires, be sure to stop by. Incidentally, the Shield of Great Britain with its lion and unicorn can still be seen there.
We traveled from Olavarria to visit some friends and, on the way, we met wonderful people, our excitement overriding the fatigue of travel, and we left with promises to return again. A salute to everyone who wants to visit the place, and I'd encourage you to visit because it's a humble but unique place.
All the best,
The Convento de San Bernardo is the oldest religious building in Salta, dating back to the late sixteenth or early seventeenth century. It's located on Calle Caseros and was built in honor of San Bernardo Abad, one of the patrons of the city. Its carved door (dating to 1762) is a real jewel of colonial art. It is not open to to the public as a Carmelite monastery has lived here since the mid-nineteenth century. It was declared a National Historical Monument in 1941
El Faro Recalada in Bahia Blanca is centrally located in the resort of Monte Hermoso, about 100 kilometres from the city. While technological advances have taken away the importance that the area used to have when it was first built, its large street lamp is still lit every night to the delight of visitors. It's very easy to access and the view from its highest point is really awesome. The beaches are accompanied with beauty and length. It's very quiet and ideal to visit in March, when the winds are soft, the water temperature is warm and the influx of tourists decreases significantly. Undoubtedly, it has the warmest waters on the Argentine coast. Really recommended.
This important institutional building was built in the first decade of the XX century, 1908-1910, to be the seat of the executive and thus replace the old Cabildo. It highlights their lavish and delicate French-style architecture with a mix of art nouveau, baroque and some reminiscences of Italian classicists. Inside stands the White Hall Government House and the tomb of Juan Bautista Alberdi, who wrote the famous Constitution, which was repatriated from France in 1889 to be located in a Pantheon La Recoleta Cemetery in Buenos Aires. In 1991 they were transferred permanently to Tucuman and can be seen in the middle of the ground floor. The outside grabs your attention with black three domes that crown and a magnificent flight of steps. There is lighting that surrounds the building and it is lit on holidays.