Post Tagged with "Buenos Aires"

Buenos Aires’ Comic Lane

Comic Lane is the latest addition to the urban landscape of the city of Buenos Aires. The local council decided to celebrate iconic characters that have delighted many generations of Argentineans by placing colourful fiberglass sculptures in the neighbourhood of San Telmo, mainly along Defensa, Balcarce and Chile streets. The sculptures are strategically placed so that they lead visitors to the Museo del Humor (Argentinean Comic Strip Museum – Avenida de los Italianos 851) in Puerto Madero.

From left to right: Mafalda, Isidoro Canones, Larguirucho (and me!)


June 5, 2013 Comments disabled

A Buenos Aires bookshop in a theatrical setting: Libreria El Ateneo

A few years ago, Librería El Ateneo made the top ten best beautiful bookshops list. I couldn’t agree more, it is stunning both inside and outside.

The cafe on the former stage

The bookshop is housed in a 1903 building which was originally a theatre called Grand Splendid. Years later, it was converted into a cinema and remained as such for many decades. I watched a few films there in the nineties and I used to buy chocolates from the little shop outside the foyer.

Now, customers can choose to sit in comfort in one of the original boxes or take a table at the café located in what used to be the stage. There’s a lot of gold leaf that adds to the thespian feel but nothing is as dramatic as the frescoes painted on the ceiling.

There are always a lot of people milling around, browsing the shelves, admiring the architectural features, snapping photos and generally taking in the elegant atmosphere.

Oh, and buying books as well.

Address: Avenida Santa Fe 1860. Opening hours: Mon. – Thu. 9 am to 10 pm; Fri-Sat, 9 am to 12 am; Sun. 12 pm to 10pm
May 24, 2013 2 comments

The rebirth of Argentina’s fileteado porteño art

Fileteado porteño is a form of popular art that originated in the city of Buenos Aires at the turn of the 20th century. Fileteado and tango are the two cultural symbols that represent the city by the River Plate. They appeared roughly at the same time, originated in the immigrant communities and influenced one another.  Sadly, their history and development are not well documented.

This cheerful mural welcomes people to the neighbourhood of San Telmo. See the tango singer on the right.


April 24, 2013 1 comment

Picture Postcards: Historical place in Buenos Aires, Argentina

Today’s photo of the Palacio Barolo building in Buenos Aires was sent to us by our Contributing Editor, Ana. She has added this description:

Luis Barolo, an Italian industrialist, moved to Argentina in 1890. He later
hired architect Mario Palanti (1885-1979) to design and build and apartment
building in the Art Nouveau style inspired by Dante’s Divina Commedia.
When it was finished in 1923, the 22 storey building was the tallest in
Latin America. Today, this historic building is a landmark of the city of
Buenos Aires.

More historical places:
Place de l’Alma in France
The Arch of Triumph in Bucharest
Spanish Missions in San Antonio, Texas

April 8, 2013 Comments disabled

Picture Postcards: Street scene in Buenos Aires, Argentina

This street scene is from Plaza Dorrego in the neighbourhood of San Telmo, in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Every Sunday, there is an antique  and arts and crafts market in the plaza. The atmosphere is very lively, wand it includes a few tango shows. This photo, however, was taken on a weekday, when fewer sellers tout their wares and the area is a lot quieter.


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March 4, 2013 Comments disabled

Picture Postcards: Doorway to Evita’s Mausoleum in Argentina

This week’s doorway photo was taken by our Contributing Editor, Ana, in Buenos Aires, Argentina and it is the door to Evita Perón’s mausoleum at Recoleta Cemetery.

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December 10, 2012 Comments disabled