Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Mataderos Neighbourhood

  The neighbourhood´s main attraction is the Mataderos Fair (de los Corrales Ave. and Lisandro de la Torre Ave.), which stands at the border of Buenos Aires City.  Here, the atmosphere submerges the visitor in a space evocative of a farm homestead or rural village.  Not far stands the Mercado Nacional de Hacienda, founded in 1890 and appointed National and Historical Monument.  This old building endows the area with a quaint atmosphere, pleasant to the eye and all other senses, drawn by the folklore performed by music bands, the fragrant and tasty local fare, such as "humita" (maize) and "locro" (stew), and the chance of purchasing native handcrafts.  A large number of stands display leather goods, silverware, "mates" (gourds), "ponchos" and sweets.  Scarce meters away stands Bar Oviedo (L. de la Torre Ave. 2497), over a century old, which boasts of having the best meat "empanadas" (turnover pies) in town.  Don´t miss the Museo de los Corrales (L. de la Torre Ave. and De los Corrales Ave.), which features typical gaucho objects, such as carts, a well, silverware, a cob oven and a scale model of an old "pulpería" (tavern).
Mataderos Fair

Must-sees at Mataderos:

- Mataderos Fair: Dance, fair and native cuisine.  Every Sunday and holiday, starting at 11.
- Museo de los Corrales: Gaucho traditional lifestyle, represented by over 3000 pieces.
- Bar Oviedo: It still draws "payadores" (improvising folksingers) who gather at its tables and strum their guitars for visitors.
- Carrera de sortijas: This typical Creole horseback competition takes place during afternoons at the Mataderos Fair.
- El Cedrón: A typical neighbourhood pizzeria, which serves one of the best pizzas in the area.  6101 Juan B. Alberdi st.

Bar Oviedo
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Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Tres de Febrero Park

The city´s "green lung", where nature takes a breath in the midst of bustling modernity.  In early 19th. century it remained a barren area, wasted by constant floods of the Río de la Plata; until, in 1834, Juan Manuel de Rosas, Buenos Aires´s Mayor, had the land filled and his country house built on this spot.

During the 1870´s decade, the growth of the aristocratic neighbourhood caused president Domingo Sarmiento to order the recovery of the 540 hectares in an effort to supply this lovely residential area, with a beautiful scenery.  Nevertheless, it owes its actual aspect to landscape architect Carlos Thays, who, in late 19th. century, enlarged the areas towards the river bank and Recoleta.  Some time later, the Rosedal was built, a huge area equipped with 1000 rose bushes and several other attractive spots, such as the Patio Andaluz, the Glorieta, the Puente Blanco and the Jardín de los Poetas.

Added to this, at the Tres de Febrero Park stand important centres for social and sporting activities, such as the Palermo Racetrack, the Campo Argentino de Polo, the Planetario Galileo Galilei and the Campo Municipal de Golf.

Must-sees at Tres de Febrero Park:

- Palermo Racetrack: Attend the Gran Premio Nacional, it´s a unique spectacle.  Del Libertador Ave. 4101.
- Campo Argentino de Polo: In November the Abierto Argentino de Polo is held.  Del Libertador Ave. and Dorrego Ave.
- Campo de Golf: It´s 18 holes have been played by De Vicenzo and Romero. E. Tornquist 6397.
- Planetario: Within its walls astronomical shows are hosted.  Sarmiento Ave. and F. Alcorta Ave.

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