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As I’ve previously discussed, Buenos Aires has a vibrant street art scene. In this post I’ll share some of the art we encountered in the San Telmo neighborhood. San Telmo is a popular place to go shopping and dining. While it was at its prime in the late 19th century, San Telmo is now in a state of “elegant decay”. The street art provides some relief from this.
Here is some works of street art we saw as we walked these worn lanes:
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San Telmo is one of the more popular neighborhoods for shopping and dining in Buenos Aires. The city, at its prime in the late 19th century, is now in what could most kindly be called a state of “elegant decay”. There are a lot of old shops in San Telmo, which is especially well known for its antique market.
My favorite store was one that sold these unusual leg lamps (see above), which brought a smile to my face as I remembered the famous scenes involving a similar lamp from the classic film, “A Christmas Story“. A small craft market surrounded around one of San Telmo’s squares, great coffee shops and produce stands.
My wife and I spent the better part …
It’s been my experience that food tours are growing in popularity across the globe. If an army marches on its stomach, then so does the world’s growing flocks of tourists. Experiencing local food for most travelers is an integral part of the travel experience — that’s certainly the case with me.
Food tours have an inherent appeal. They can save you a lot of research time and are likely to give you a better dining experience than you’d find on your own. You’re taken to a restaurant a local has selected as an excellent or high quality establishment indicative of that tour’s theme — local food, artisan food, etc. Many of these restaurants are small “hole-in-the-wall” places that you’d be unlikely …
Markets are popular destinations for travelers and I’ve visited many of them during my travels. Today I’d like to share with you the Mercado de San Telmo, a large and historic market in Buenos Aires.
One hundred and fifty years ago San Telmo was the most upscale barrio in Buenos Aires but it was mostly abandoned by its wealthy citizens during a yellow fever epidemic in the late 19th century, its residents moving more inland to neighborhoods extending from Recoleta to El Tigre. Poorer people moved in to the abandoned homes which were usually subdivided into apartments and rented out. Today, San Telmo is a state of “elegant decay” — beautiful crafted old buildings which are neglected and in need of …