A day in San Telmo
San Telmo. It’s a neighborhood in Buenos Aires described by some as the bohemian part of town. Wiki says it’s the neighborhood where “Cafes, tango parlors and antique shops line the cobblestone streets, which are often filled with artists and dancers.” It’s the oldest neighborhood in the city.
Possible not to love? Apparently, because my better half didn’t think it was anything to get worked up over (but what does he know?? 😉 ). I, on the other hand, loved it before and loved it again! Sure, at times it’s chock full of foreigners – just like us – that begs us to question its authenticity. Sure, there were some of those over-priced restaurants that I already complained about. Sure, it has a dark side when the sun goes down and the dark alleys and piles of uncollected trash loom. But, it’s still a gem in my book.
Walking, walking, walking….that’s the only way to explore San Telmo. Stumble around long enough and you are sure to find great shops, street art, street performers, salesmen and women of every type, swindlers, artists and more. Groups of friends gather to sip from a bottle of wine in the evenings in the square. And old gentleman sells old books off a blanket and proudly announces to everyone who pases that he’s been there everyday for 15 years. Restoration is taking place at a happy clip and some buildings have been fabulously restored or remodeled and next door a beautiful old building or home is still in crumbles. Again, what’s not to love?
Read the captions for some thoughts on the funky neighborhood:
Have you been to San Telmo? Whose side are you own? My husbands, or mine?? Tip: Only one right answer! 😉