Avenidas de Buenos Aires: Leandro Alem

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La Avenida Leandro Alem, que lleva el nombre del fundador del partido político Unión Cívica Radical (UCR), abarca 13 cuadras desde Plaza San Martín hasta la Casa Rosada, sede del Poder Ejecutivo, y ofrece una lección de historia política y económica argentina.

Para comenzar el recorrido, conviene arrancar desde Plaza San Martín que además de brindar la sombra de sus árboles, es donde está situado el Monumento a los caídos en Malvinas. El Edificio Kavanagh, sobre uno de los laterales de la plaza, es otro punto emblemático de la ciudad, y cruzando la Avenida, está la Plaza Fuerza Aérea Argentina donde se ubica la histórica Torre Monumental. Un poco más adelante, sobre los laterales de Leandro Alem, se elevan torres y bancos que conforman la zona comercial central de la ciudad. Entre los edificios más emblemáticos de la zona, se encuentran la Torre Catalinas Norte, que lleva el nombre de un amor no correspondido de Alem, y otros como la torre IBM y el Edificio Alas. Frente a la Torre Catalinas, el Club Danés, ubicado en el piso 12 del Edificio Dinamarca, es una excelente opción de almuerzo los días de semana con vista panorámica al río.

Cruzando la Avenida Corrientes, punto desde el cual se puede ver el Obelisco, está el Centro Cultural Kirchner, ex Correo Argentino, que ofrece una variedad interesante de propuestas culturales. Algunas oficinas estatales completan el recorrido que desemboca en la Casa Rosada y en Plaza de Mayo. Durante los fines de semana y feriados se pueden hacer tours de la Casa Rosada antes de cruzar hacia San Telmo para recorrer la feria de antigüedades y parar a tomar un café en algunos de los bares emblemáticos de la ciudad.

 

Buenos Aires Avenues: Leandro Alem

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Named after the UCR political party founder Leandro Alem, this bustling avenue spans from Plaza San Martín to Casa Rosada (Pink House), where government headquarters are located, and is a lesson in Argentine political and economic history.

You can start the tour at Plaza San Martín  which is full of shady trees and also where the Monument to the soldiers fallen in Malvinas/Falklands is placed. The neighboring Kavanagh building is another important landmark, and in front of Plaza San Martín, in the Plaza Fuerza Aérea Argentina, is  the Torre Monumental clock tower  which is another of the city’s historical sites. Further on, a few blocks with skyscrapers and banks form part of the central commercial district of the city, and here you will find some emblematic skyscrapers such as Torre Catalinas Norte, named after Alem’s unrequited love, and others such as the IBM tower and the Alas building. In front of Catalinas is the Edificio Dinamarca, which on weekdays has a good Danish lunch spot, Club Danés, on the 12th floor with a great view of the river and skyline.

Crossing Corrientes Avenue (from where you can see the Obelisco), the Centro Cultural Kirchner, once the central post office of the city, is well worth the visit and offers a lot of interesting exhibits and cultural activities. Other government offices line Alem until reaching the famous Casa Rosada and Plaza de Mayo, where government headquarters are located. Don’t miss out on one of the weekend tours before losing yourself on the other side in the San Telmo district as you look for antiques and a nice place to stop for coffee

Buenos Aires Agenda: December/Diciembre (7-13)

Monday/Lunes

Bolero (Shoe Shine Blues)

(Francis Alÿs-Bolero (Shoe Shine Blues))

Check out the new MALBA exhibit of Belgian artist Francis Alÿs’s poetic-political artwork. Av. Figueroa Alcorta 3415, Palermo. 

You can also head to the Centro Cultural Konex where famous percussion group, La Bomba del Tiempo, will be carrying out their Monday show starting at 7pm. Sarmiento 3151, Almagro.

El MALBA tiene en exhibición una muestra del trabajo político-poético del artista belga Francis Alÿs. Av. Figueroa Alcorta 3415, Palermo.

También a la tarde, a partir de las 19hs., la famosa orquesta de percusión, La Bomba del Tiempo se presenta, como todos los lunes, en el Centro Cultural Konex.Sarmiento 3151, Almagro.

Tuesday/Martes

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The 8th of December is a national holiday in Argentina due to the Feast of the Immaculate Conception. To join in on the local festivities, head to Tigre where there is annual party to celebrate. Those that wish to attend mass can do so at 6.30pm at the intersection of the streets Lavalle and Madero. Later, there will be a nautical procession, fireworks and live music by local artists. It is also the day in which Christmas trees are put up.

El 8 de diciembre es feriado nacional en Argentina ya que se celebra el Día de la Virgen. En el Tigre se llevarán a cabo diferentes eventos para quienes quieran participar de las festividades, incluyendo la misa a las 18.30hs. en Lavalle y Madero, una procesión náutica, fuegos artificiales y la presentación en vivo de músicos locales. También es el día en que se pone el árbol de Navidad.

Wednesday/Miércoles

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A sunny Wednesday is perfect for taking a Foto Ruta Tour where you can get to know the city from a different perspective!

In the evening, Morrisey will be staging a live show at the Teatro Ópera. Tickets here. 

Un miércoles de sol es ideal para hacer un tour fotográfico de Buenos Aires con Foto Ruta y ver la ciudad con otro enfoque.

A la noche, se presenta Morriesey en el Teatro Ópera. Entradas aquí.
Thursday/Jueves

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(Photo by Bruno Sebastián Solar)

On Thursday political sentiments will be high as the new president will take office. The act will take place at the Pink House at 1.30pm.

A7pm, the MACBA art museum in San Telmo will be showing a special screening of The wings of desire by Wim Wenders.

In the evening, Morrisey will be staging a live show at the Luna Park Stadium. Tickets here.

El sentimiento político estará en alza ya que asume su cargo el nuevo presidente de la nación. El evento se llevará a cabo en la Casa Rosada a las 13.30hs.

A las 19hs. el museo de arte MACBA realizará una proyección de Las alas del deseo de Wim Wenders.

A la noche, Morrisey se presenta en el Teatro Ópera. Entradas aquí.

Friday/Viernes

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(Photo by seleniamorgillo)

If the weather forecast is right and it should rain from Friday through the weekend, check out our recommended rainy day activities in Buenos Aires.

The Colón Theatre’s last staging of Wagner’s Parcifal will be taking place at 8pm. Tickets here.

Si el pronóstico del tiempo acierta y llueve a partir del viernes y durante el fin de semana, hay una lista de actividades recomendadas para hacer en Buenos Aires cuando llueve aquí.

La última función de la ópera Parcifal de Wagner se lleva a cabo en el Teatro Colón a las 20hs. Entradas aquí.

Saturday and Sunday/Sábado y Domingo

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(Photo by Rick Powell)

Book your place at UCO´s delicious weekend brunch, with a great Irish version as well! 3220-6800Soler 5862, Palermo.

On Saturday afternoon, the last Gallery Day event of the year will be taking place in Palermo and Villa Crespo. Stop by to discover the local art scene and maybe to buy some Christmas gifts as well. 

On Saturday evening at 8.30pm, the Museo Larreta in Belgrano is staging a stunning Lorca inspired Flamenco show. Juramento 2291, Belgrano.

Hacé tu reserva para degustar el delicioso brunch de UCO restaurante que  ofrece también una variante de desayuno irlandés. 3220-6800. Soler 5862, Palermo.

El sábado a la tarde se lleva a cabo el último Gallery Day del año en Palermo en Villa Crespo, una oportunidad tanto para descubrir el mercado de arte local, y también para comprar algún regalo de navidad.

El sábado a la noche a las 20.30hs., el Museo Larreta en Belgrano presenta un espectáculo impactante de flamenco inspirado en la obra de Federico García Lorca. Juramento 2291, Belgrano. 

 

A New A Line

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After a heartfelt last ride in the city’s antique subway wagons, the historic A line closed down during the Summer for remodeling and maintenance. Today at 8pm a modern new subway opens to the public. Although the picturesque wagons with their wooden seating, dim lights and manually operated doors will be missed, the new wagons will be air-conditioned and will once again allow tourists to stop at some of the city’s most emblematic historic landmarks including Plaza de Mayo and the Casa Rosada, Casa de la Cultura, Café Tortoni and 36 Billares, Congress, Las Violetas and Parque Centenario. Additionally, the stations have been intervened by some of the city’s most talented street artists including Triángulo Dorado, Martín Ron Murales, Dame, Nazza Stencil, Georgina Ciotti, Stencilland and Run Don’t Walk.

 

Must See in Buenos Aires #6: Casa Rosada Tour

(Casa Rosada by Elton Melo)

Originally built as fort in 1594, the Casa Rosada, or Pink House, is one the city’s most emblematic buildings both because of its striking appearance and because it is the government headquarters.

During Domingo Sarmientos presidency the eye catching structure was painted pink, it is said, as a symbol of unity between the red and white colors of the Unitarians and Federals who fought against each other during the civil war.

Throughout the many political upheavals, the pink house has always been a place where the people have gathered and manifested and where the action has appeared to take place.  The famous Evita speeches, the declaration of war against the Falkland islands were made public on its now famous balcony and many celebrations and riots have taken place in the small plaza facing the government building.

The stunning architecture, unique memorabilia and historic and political importance of this landmark make it a definite must see.  Free tours of the Casa Rosada are offered on weekends from 10am-6pm starting at the main entrance facing the plaza.

This week in Buenos Aires:

Overnight, the weather changed announcing the arrival of autumn, and with it comes not only cooler weather and browning leaves but also some great  theatre premiers, music and film festivals. This week hosts The Autumn Music Festival which brings togeather both modern and folkloric music from different regions of the world. (more information at http://www.festivaldeotonobue.com/) On Thursday the liveliest night of the week gets a boost from the St Patricks day celebrations!

Monday

A little bit of history is a great way to begin the week and a visit to the “Casa Rosada” and to the Presidential Museum is the perfect starting point. In the evening from 8pm onwards you can go to nearby traditional Bar Sur where you can sit and watch live tango.

Casa Rosada and Presidential Museum
Yrigoyen 219, Buenos Aires
4344-3802

Bar Sur
Estados Unidos 299, Buenos Aires
+54 (11) 43626086
http://www.bar-sur.com.ar/

*The friday nocturnal tour of the ecological reserve must be booked no later than today- see Friday for more details.

Tuesday

La Boca is a famous ‘barrio’ known for its brightly painted houses and its conventillos, where mostly Italian immigrants settled. After walking through ‘caminito’,  visit the Quinquela Martin art museum where a collection of this local artists depictions of La Boca is displayed.  For a great lunch in the area, go to El Obrero, a very old traditional Argentine-Italian restaurant.
In the evening head to the Autumn Music Festival at La Trastienda to listen to French singer Berry’s music.

Museo Quinquela Martin
Pedro de Mendoza, Av. 1835- Buenos Aires
4301 1080
Opening hours: Mon-Sun 10am to 6pm

El obrero
Agustín R. Caffarena 64 – Buenos Aires
Tel: 4362-9912
No credit cards
http://www.bodegonelobrero.com.ar/

La Trastienda
Balcarce 460, San Telmo
4345-0411
www.latrastienda.com

Wednesday

La Manzana de las Luces is a block of historical buildings which housed the first public school, university and library. On this block is the San Ignacio church, the oldest in Buenos Aires. A mysterious set of tunnels, dating back to the 1700’s is another of this landmarks attractions.

Later on head to The New Brighton, a restored traditional british style restaurant that still keeps two magnificent wood carvings that the prince of Wales gave to the original Brighton in 1935.

In the evening the Rio Café, a classy resto-bar offers great music and drinks from 9pm onwards.

Manzana de las Luces
Perú 272, San Telmo

The New Brighton
Sarmiento 645, Buenos Aires
4322-1515
http://www.thenewbrightonsrl.com.ar

Rio Café
Honduras 4772-Palermo
4832-2318
http://riocafe.com.ar/

Thursday

For an off the beaten path experience of the local art scene Juanele offers the San Telmo Art Walk. The walk covers street and graffiti art and the major galleries in the San Telmo area. Walks start at 3pm at the Centro Cultural de España (CCEBA).

Later on in the night head to one of the pubs in town for some sure fun. Buda Bar in Palermo is also hosting a St Patricks day party which promises leprechauns, lucky charms and great music.

San Telmo Art Walk
CCEBA: Balcarce 1150, San Telmo Tuesdays and Thursdays
http://juanelear.com/tours/

Buda Bar
Costa Rica 4659, Palermo SOHO
4833-3200
http://budapalermo.com.ar/

Friday

Start the day late by having an upscale lunch at Chila in Puerto Madero. Whilst in the area check out Buque Museo Fragata, a frigate commissioned by the navy in 1898 to be used as a training vessel.

Later on in the evening take the guided nocturnal tour of the ecologic reserve which occurs once a month, on full moons. To take the tour you must book your place on Monday the 14th of March.

Chila
Alicia Moreau de Justo 1160- Puerto Madero
4343-6067
www.chilaweb.com.ar

Buque Museo Fragata Sarmiento
Next to “Puente de la Mujer”
Phone: 11/4334-9386

Reserva Ecológica
Av. Tristán Achával Rodríguez 1550 Costanera Sur
Teléfonos: 4893-1640/1580
http://www.buenosaires.gov.ar/areas/med_ambiente/reserva

Saturday

A great day to visit the Recoleta Cementary and the artisans fair in Plaza Francia.

In the evening, jazz bar/restaurant/record store, Notorious, hosts a jazz jam session from 11.30pm onwards.

Recoleta Cementary
Junín 1760 – CABA 
Open from 07,00 to 17,45.

Notorius
Av. Callao 966, Buenos Aires
4813-6888
www.notorius.com.ar

Sunday

Sunday afternoon is a great opportunity go to a horse race in the Palermo Hipodromo. Race timetables are confirmed on Wednesdays.

Hipodromo de Palermo
Avenida Del Libertador 4101
4778 2800
www.palermo.com.ar