Tuesday, March 27, 2018

BsAs


BA from Ground Level

It is said BsAs is the way locals abbreviate Buenos Aires, the capital of Argentina. Non-locals reduce to simply BA. Where these distinctions come from or if they actually exist as described is a topic of urban legend that all too often morphs with the person telling it. To believe standard references, even where the city's name comes from has a convoluted history involving conquistadors, stinky marshes, the Virgin Mary, Mediterranean storms, and mosquitoes carrying the "bad air" of malaria. I suspect all of this is totally clear so far.

I could tell you about Buenos Aires with content like this --- 
One story says Pedro de Mendoza, a 16th century Spanish sailor, named a new port where San Telmo is now after a religious icon that supposedly helped calm a storm in the Mediterranean. That religious icon was the Virgin Mary of the fair winds or "buen ayre." Another Spanish seaman, Juan de Garay, apparently intent on coming across more devoted than his predecessor, extended the name for the new port to “Ciudad de la Santísima Trinidad y Puerto de Nuestra Señora la Virgen María de los Buenos Aires” or the “City of the Most Holy Trinity and Port of Saint Mary of the Good Airs.”  Lucky for everyone, especially airport gate attendants, that name was shortened in the 17th century to Buenos Aires. The portenos or "people of the port," as it's said locals call themselves, seem to like the name fine as it is now. Far beyond icons, their devotions span a much wider array of interests and passions.

Or I could tell you about Buenos Aires another way ---
Talking about an emotional experience often leaves something to be desired. Namely, the emotional experience. And so, instead of talking about the history and current state of Buenos Aires, I'm going to simply share some photos taken during my recent stay with the people of the port. I'm tempted to claim it's a gallery of fine art - the art of being a porteno. But that would be pretentious as much wrong, as if a single visit from a tourist could ever capture the heart and soul of a place and its people. We know neither words nor photos ever convey the whole array of life in a city. To mix metaphors, it'll never be the whole banquet. At best, it's merely a sampler tasting menu. But oh so good. For that sample I say, muchas gracias Buenos Aires.


La Rambla Restuarante


Recoleta Cemetary


Recoleta Cemetary


Recoleta Cemetary

Recoleta Cemetary


Performance Center Vase

Eva Peron Plaza


Recoleta Park


Floralis Generica


Floralis Generica


Japanese Gardens


Steak Argentina Style


La Cabrera Restaurante in Palermo


Floralis Generica at Sunset


Subte Subway Station Entrance in San Martin Plaza


Photo Exhibit in San Martin Plaza


CCK Program


San Martin Plaza


Street Art

Recoleta Mall

Catedral Metropolitana


Pedestrian Street in San Nicolas


Puerto Madero


CCK Performance Center


CCK Photo Exhibit


Casa Rosada


Subte Subway Station


Ministry of Defense


Guards at tomb in Catedral Metropolitana


Catedral Metropolitana

walkway in park


City Street


Statue in Recoleta

Av. de Mayo Street Celebration


Teatro Colon


Av. 9 de Julio and Obelisco


Teatro Colon


Teatro Colon


Teatro Colon


Entrance to Teatro Colon Box


Teatro Colon


Obelisco


Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes


Street Art


Park


Puente De La Mujer en Puerto Madero


Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes


Puerto Madero


Puerto Madero

Puerto Madero

Puerto Madero

Park


Faena Hotel

Faena Hotel

Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes


Puerto Madero


Puerto Madero


Recoleta


Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes

Rose Garden - Palermo


Recoleta

Recoleta Park


Buquebus Terminal


Tree Flower

Recoleta


Lomita Clasico

Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes


Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes

Palermo Rose Garden


Restaurant Sign in Palermo

Facultad de Derecho de La Universidad de Buenos Aires at Night


Plaza Gral. Lavalle at Sunset


Av. de Mayo

El Pensador by Rodin

Street Ads



Plaza del Congreso de Buenos Aires


Congreso de la Nación Argentina


Plaza Gral. Lavalle


Plaza Lavalle


Ceiling Mural over fountain in Recoleta Mall

Ceiling Mural over fountain in Recoleta Mall


Recoleta Mall

Street Commentary


Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra on Stage at Teatro Colon

Dance Aerobics at Parque Micaela Bastidas


Street Vendor Booth


Tango Show

Tango Show

Tango Show


Tango Show


Tango Show


Tango Collage

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