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Love and Art in Buenos Aires

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Published January 17th 2014
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For couples, Buenos Aires is a city bursting with flavour, passion, colour and history - just waiting to be unravelled between the sheets of the city's chameleon personality. From the bohemian district of San Telmo to the daring La Boca, the city is alive at every angle, almost designed to capture every sense.

The famous La Boca offers an instant feel for the sultry rhythm of the city. Catch a daily exhibition of the Tango or even take a lesson, before walking the iconic streets of vivid block colour, complete with unique souvenir stores and football museum.
Streets La Boca
The colourful streets of La Boca

artists pay homage to the Argentina National Football Team in La Boca

Plaza Dorrego, the lively marketplace of San Telmo is the perfect spot to enjoy a midday Quilmes (local beer) and empanada (Argentinian small pie), just minutes from nearby off-street corridors with enticing 19th century Spanish-themed stalls.

Spanish, French and Italian influences set the architecture of Buenos Aires apart. Hundreds of monuments and historical buildings line the leafy inner city. Don't miss: the Obelisk, built in 1936 to commemorate the city's 400 year anniversary, the National Congress Building (perhaps rivalling the Piazza Venezia of Rome) and the symbolic Casa Rosada which endured numerous bombings in the 20th century and famously housed the 'Mothers of del Mayo', who marched in protest for their lost children during the Dirty War.

The deeply symbolic Casa Rosada

National Congress Building Buenos Aires
National Congress Building of Buenos Aires, built in 1936

Spanish-speaking couples will surely enjoy renowned Argentinian films at local cinemas, but the shocking and beautiful works of the MALBA museum, the Cultural Centre and Cemetery of Dead Presidents at Recoleta (where lies the grave of Evita herself) are moving for everyone. Many art-lined streets depict colourful and macabre political caricatures revealing an intellectual and provoking underworld - Mao's bleeding, technicolour eyes leave much to the imagination.

Suggestive depictions of Mao and other figures

The MALBA Museum

MALBA Museum
Provoking Argentinian sculpture: MALBA Museum

The Cultural Centre, Buenos Aires
The Cultural Centre, Buenos Aires

Cemetary of Dead Presidents
Cemetery of Dead Presidents where 'Evita' is buried
Foodies need look no further than the stylish Palermo Soho where a plethora of delights, from bread baskets to inventive salads and first-class Argentinian wine accompany the legendary grilled meats.
Romantics will enjoy the hidden dining gem 'Cabernet' just off Costa Rica in Palermo, with Casablanca-style courtyard and extensive wine varieties. Or equally, the pepper, garlic and tomato relish dipping sauces with seared steak complements impeccable service at Don Julio Restaurant; both Don Julio and Cabernet will set an average table for two back around US$75.

Like stepping onto the set of Casablanca, Cabernet restaurant in Palermo

Rooms in the area (the pick of the districts to sleep) range from US$40 - US$250 per night; dreamy B&Bs with quaint courtyards just out of Palermo Soho at the cheaper end, or Casa Chic with designer shopping on the first floor at the other. Gay friendly Axel hotel in San Telmo offers a luscious pool and the best buffet breakfast in town, though complimentary breakfast seems to be a feature wherever you go.

Designer shopping in Palermo

Challenges of the city can be the 'relaxed' garbage collection system, an extraordinary amount of dog droppings and sometimes pushy pedestrians. A mix of indigenous Indians, Spanish and other Europeans, most locals are outwardly pleasant but under the surface seem to maintain a mystery. For many, memories of political and economic turmoil may be all but distant.

A mid-range boutique bed and breakfast, Palermo Buenos Aires

It's these imperfections however that awaken us to a true South American experience, and for a city that hosts a concert almost every day of the week one would be compelled to argue the sense of celebration and pride is fervent.

For the best chance at fitting in a little, couples should learn a word or two of Spanish if they can. If not to make sure you select that perfect dish on the menu, then to complete a magical evening by whispering 'Te Amo' across the dinner table.
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Why? For flavour, passion, colour and history
Where: Buenos Aires, Argentina
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Great photos Carla, and that BnB looks amazing.
by Lucy (score: 3|1157) 2713 days ago
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