Thursday, 27 October 2016

Chronicles from Buenos Aires | Retiro

Via Park Tower Hotel

Buenos Aires is a beautiful city! With the light of Lisbon, the avenues of Madrid, the parks of London and the luxury of Paris, takes us to Europe in the middle of South America. Clean, well cared for and organized, the wealth of times past is visible, and we felt welcomed and safe at all times.

The city is divided into 48 Barrios (districts), of which we visited seven (Retiro, Puerto Madero, Palermo, Centro, San Telmo, Recoleta and Boca), although we have made a ride on the Bus Hop In Hop Out, which let us know the main points of tourist attraction of the city.

Our hotel was in the Retiro district and the first images we have of Buenos Aires were from there. We arrived at night and our first glance, from the hotel room, were of the nearby square in front of Retiro railway station, the English Tower and the city lights.

The garden square, opposite the Retiro station, is very nice, with the tower surmounted by a clock. The Station, in French style, was declared a national monument. Crossing the Libertador Avenue, we have before us the garden that leads to the Plaza San Martin. The beautiful Plaza San Martin, is surrounded by palaces and hotels and features an equestrian statue of General Jose de San Martin.

Across the square, there is the Kavanagh Building that at the time of its inauguration in 1938 was the highest building in Latin America. This building is on the corner of Calle Florida, a trade street reserved for pedestrians, which is one of the points of interest in the Retiro barrio. For those who want to shop, the Pacific Galleries (inspired by Victório Emanuel Galleries  in Milan) are the place of choice where you can find the most differentiated shops.

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