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Saturday, September 13, 2008

Argentina -- Recoleta, Barrio Norte, Villa Crespo & Palermo Viejo 9.5.08


* Recoleta Cemetery                                                            * Ateneo Grand Splendid

* Murillo Street                                                                       * MALBA

* Palermo Soho Shopping                                                * Thymus

There was still so much to do and so much to see, but time was running out!  It was getting closer for us to leave BA, and I could still barely believe that I was actually here! 


We began our day with breakfast at "Delicity", another cafe chain and headed back to Recoleta cemetery. It was similar to ones I visited in Paris with elaborate tombs of famous people.  I had to say that it creeped me out a little being able to see some of the coffins through glass doors even in broad day light.

The next stop was Ateneo Bookstore.  This illustrious bookstore is housed in a former theatre.  This bookstore is the biggest one in South America and is voted the second most beautiful bookshop in the world by Guardian. (I googled it and found the most beautiful bookshop was Boekhandel Selexyz Dominicanen in Maastricht, in a church.)

H and I don't wear leather jackets, but since we were in Buenos Aires, I thought it was only fair to check them out.  We took the subte to Villa Crespo barrio. Again, the subte was packed, and children with school uniforms were out on the streets.  It was not even 3PM.  Exactly what kind of schedules do people have here?? We walked a few blocks on Murillo street and just could not get excited to buy leather jackets.  We stopped by a random bar for some empanadas before heading back to Palermo Soho to check out some more stores. 

The earlier days of warm spring weather was long gone.  It was getting colder and colder the past few days.  Good thing that I bought a down jacket today, it came in really handy for the rest of our stay. 


Before dinner, I had to check off another site on my list.  We made our second attempt to visit MALBA, voted the best museum in BA.  

Huh.... I guess I could not share the same enthusiasm with others.  The museum was very small and it took us no more than 30 minutes to see all the exhibitions.  There were some installation art that took over most of the space and  we just did not get these modern/post-modern arts.......
I did see one of Frida's paintings though.

We had only tried traditional parrilla type of Argentinian cuisine so far, and I was curious to try some more creative Argentinian dishes.  Therefore, we picked Thymus for dinner that night.  It was our most expensive meal in Buenos Aires.  We ordered a bottle of Malbec, Salad, shrimp with Shanghai bacon for appetizers, lomo & ojo de bife kobe for main courses, and shared a fig tart for dessert.  Their ojo de bife kobe was hands down the BEST beef.   The meal cost us about 320 pesos.  We were the first customers when we walked into the restaurant, and by the time we left, the restaurant was full. 


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