What makes a great walking city? Streets with unique character, lots of people, distinct neighbourhoods, parks to sit and cafe’s to refresh and people watch, good public transit…that would be my list and Buenos Aires would be among the top contenders. On a recent visit to BA with my friend Cheryl we spent a week exploring the city, constantly pausing to admire the amazing architecture with something new around each corner.
Many buildings have a faded elegance harkening back to a more affluent era but like many faded beauty’s – still lovely.
There are neighbours who are so different yet compliment each other in their contrasting styles like these two in San Telmo.
Puerto Madero, once a derelict Port has risen from the ashes with its new parks and walkways and dramatic Puente de la Mujer (Woman’s Bridge).
Historical treasures have been repurposed – surely the Ford dealership at the base of this regal structure has a crown like no other.
The modern stands with the quirky and the Belle Epoch.
There are the stately structures like the Argentine Congress building’s or the BA Cathedral.
And the official like the French Embassy building.
And always there are the requisite parks to take a moment and rest your weary feet before you hit the streets again looking for a great cafe.