Our week in Palermo Soho (or Palermo Viejo, if you prefer) was quite pleasant. This was a very different kind of city living. We were on Calle Uriarte, near Calle
. The neighborhood reminded us very much of Guatemala in Chelsea . Manhattan is mostly a high rise city. Providencia is becoming more high rise with new construction, but it is much more spread out. In that sense, Providencia feels more like Buenos Aires in comparison. Los Angeles
We were close to the Bosque de Palermo, a large public space like
or Golden Gate Park ’s New York Central Park. The Plaza de Italia Subte (subway) station was just a couple of blocks away. Shopping was convenient, with a Disco supermarket just four blocks away. Food prices in are cheaper than in Argentina . The owner of our apartment tells us that is because food prices are subsidized in Chile . Argentina in the late summer can be hot and humid, whereas Buenos Aires is hot and dry. So it is kind of a trade off. We like Santiago and Boston , but we don’t want to stay in either one at the height of the summer…OR the winter either! Spring or fall, pick one! New York City
Our stay was short, and so we took some photos of the more famous things to see. We were there for a four day national holiday weekend. Plácido Domingo and Virginia Tola gave a fantastic open-air concert at the obelisk (9 de Julio and
). We decided not to brave the crowds, which numbered some 120,000. We did enjoy it on the television, and doubtless heard it better too. Corrientes
Many subway stations have great murals like this one.
Entrance to a B Line Subte station
Subte station interior.
Casa Rosada, the presidential official residence and offices.
Protests in the Plaza de Mayo opposite the Casa Rosada.
The old Cabildo (City Council) building dates from the colonial period.
The Cathedral facade is very different from most in Latin America.
The Congreso Nacional houses the legislature.