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Chipper opened in March of 2013 in the Palermo Hollywood neighborhood, bringing a touch of Great Britain to Buenos Aires. One thing that makes it special is that Argentines have long had a love-hate relationship with the British ever since they brought railroads along with pubs and tea houses, forgetting fish and chips. Susan Kennedy, the owner of remedied that. Strawberry blonde with piercing green eyes and a Dublin accent, Susan calls her new restaurant, "an Irish Fish & Chips place," avoiding the often present anti-British sentiment pervading Argentina.
Every country has a founder. For Argentina, it's General José Francisco de San Martín.
The date of his 1850 death, August 17, is celebrated as a holiday in Argentina, and one many locals use for their winter vacations. Visit any Argentine city, and you'll find a San Martin street or avenue, often a major thoroughfare. In Buenos Aires, Calle San Martin runs past Plaza de Mayo, the heart of the city. It's where you'll find Catedral Metropolitana, the city's most important religious building, and the former home cathedral of Archbishop Jorge Mario Bergoglio, now Pope Francis I.
Inside of Catedral Metropolitana, you'll find the mausoleum of General San Martin, built in a gorgeous elliptical side chapel adorned with polychrome marble and bronze and guarded by soldiers in revolutionary uniforms. A sarcophagus holds his remains, brought over in 1880 from France at the end of the Argentine Civil War. Read More...
The Pope of the Pampas is driving tourism in Buenos Aires. All things related to Pope Francis I, formerly Buenos Aires' Archbishop Jorge Mario Bergoglio, are becoming popular for visitors and locals alike.
The City of Buenos Aires has launched a Papal Route, with plaques on various buildings including the house at Calle Membrillar 531 in the Flores neighborhood, built over the site of the original home where he was born on December 17, 1936. You'll also find explanatory placards on the sidewalk in front of many buildings and a special bus which stops at many of them.
We've been a step ahead of everyone here on the Argentina Travel site, with a detailed article on the Catedral Metropolitana, the most important place in Buenos Aires related to the new Pope. It's in the heart of the city overlooking Plaza de Mayo, making it the perfect place to begin your own Papal tour. Bergoglio served as Archbishop from this Cathedral for over ten years, overseeing Midnight Mass, Easter and many other ceremonies. A beautiful building in its own right, if you visit every chapel with their various monuments, shrines and memorials, you will better understand the New World Pope and his home country of Argentina.
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The recent deadly train accident in Buenos Aires on June 13 in which 7 people were killed is a cautionary tale for visitors to Argentina. This comes over a year after another fatal train accident caused the deaths of at least 50 people. The President of Argentina, Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner, vowed that she would reform the train system. That does not seem to be happening as fast as it could.
There are several reasons for these accidents, and ways for you to think about train safety on your own visit.
To put it bluntly, Argentina is suffering from an infrastructure crisis as the peso continues its devaluation slide, making it harder to keep up with repairs. A notoriously strike prone work force also makes maintenance difficult. These trains also mostly service the poorer suburbs. As in many countries, social inequality means these are the trains less often repaired.
July 26 Commemorates the Death of this Important Figure
If you think tens of thousands of people holding candles and images of Evita Peron, crying about her death is something you'll only see in Madonna's movie, guess again. There is no better way to understand Argentina's ongoing obsession with First Lady of Argentina Maria Eva Duarte de Peron, better known to the world as Evita, than a visit on the anniversary of her July 26 death, when millions of Argentines show their grief and love for this icon.
If you'll be in Buenos Aires on July 26, here are just a few ways to get the most out of that day.
I always begin that day at her final resting place, Recoleta Cemetery, in the Recoleta neighborhood on Junin Street, aptly named for the town Evita once lived in. From its opening at 8 a.m. to its 6 p.m. closing, thousands of tearful Argentines will pay their respects, hands to her tomb, bouquets and notes left as offerings for the woman many call Santa Evita. Politicians will wail speeches about her works and right behind them are union leaders with so many wreaths, they have to spread them into neighboring cemetery aisles. Junin 1790; +54/11-4804-7040
1. Abasto: The combination of a modern shopping mall mixed with ghosts and legends of tango's past make for a terrific setting to really get a sense of Buenos Aires culture.
2. Palermo: In the section between the confines of streets Scalabrini Ortiz and Juan B. Justo, Palermo has blossomed with designer boutiques, selling all things artistic and bohemian from jewelry to couches.
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