09 December 2008

San Telmo & Other Sights of the City

Daughter Belen and friend Salih Mendos from Turkey arrived in Buenos Aires a few days before we returned from Thanksgiving with son Joey in Texas. Showing Salih around has been a good opportunity for us to revisit spots we've not been to in a while. 

This past Sunday we headed down to San Telmo, the oldest part of the city. Every weekend a giant street fair holds something for everyone: antiques and artesanias, mimes and musicians, and everything in between. Our favorite activity is listening to the Orquestra El Afronte, a tango band that is always set up in front of San Telmo Church. (San Telmo -- or St. Elmo in English -- is the patron saint of sailors.)

In other excursions, we've hiked through the Ecological Reserve by the river and spent a lovely afternoon in the Botanical Gardens of Palermo playing a round of crazy eights. Salih is the new champion.

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