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Postcards from the Paris of South America.

It wasn't until a few days ago that I heard from several people, including the lovely Chickster at Up Up and Aways that Buenos Aires is considered to be the Paris of South America. Who knew. Being here, I had to make my own comparisons to see if it actually rings true.

While I find that many parts of the city are a bit run down, more so than Paris, here are some similarities of the two cities that caught my eye...


Rooftop views.

 Outdoor cafés.

 Haussmann-style architecture. 
How 16ème is this?

Chambres de bonnes?


Cemeteries as tourist attractions...

 ...with national heroes.
My mom kept singing "Don't Cry for Me Argentina" 
while referencing...Madonna.
It was so embarrassing.
I will NOT be taking her to Jim Morrison's grave in Paris,
she may be looking for Val Kilmer. 


Art deco touches.

Craft fairs and local artists.

Street Art.

Old Hookers.
So 10ème...

 Every country seems to have a different name for Russian dressing.
In France, it's American Sauce,
In Russia, it's French Sauce,
and here in Argentina, it's Golf Sauce.
Fore!

Oh hey, girl! She Coquine!
 I so want this!


Since this is my first trip to South America, I can't really make a fair assessment judging the city's "Frenchness", but my mom, who has been to almost every major city on this continent confirms that there certainly is a Parisian vibe between the outdoor dining, buildings, and funky shops. Parisian or not, I'm enjoying this little impromptu vacation with my mom as I wrap up my final days in America before going back to being an adult and then moving in with a boy! Ahhh! Before all that excitement happens, I still have a few more adventures left to conquer on this side of the pond...so stay tuned!

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24 comments:

  1. You're in Buenos Aires?? What?! Where the hell have I been???
    Well, have fun down there looking for Madonna singing on balconies and stealing wall art with your name on it (I mean really, you NEED that picture) xx

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    1. Yep! I'm here. You never know where I'll pop up next. I'm like David Bowie in Labyrinth.

      I so want that photo!!! I guess I can just print out the picture...same thing-ish!

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  2. I'm sure that Madonna wouldn't mind being lumped together with Eva Peron. Didn't a psychic tell Madonna that her daughter, Lourdes, is actually EP reincarnated? I've also heard that Madonna used to think that she was the reincarnation of EP. As for your mom singing "Don't Cry for Me Argentina", that's exactly what I would do! I hope that you joined her, at least during the chorus!

    Enjoy your impromptu vacation with your mom. Gotta admit that I'm a bit jealous because my daughter is far, far away from me at a conference in Australia.

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    1. A conference? How fancy sounding! Australia is far. : ( Are your kids coming to Paris at any point this summer? Or are you booked with visitors?

      My mom only knows the lyrics of the chorus!! I kept waiting for her to finish the song, but she just loops back to singing the title over...and over...and over!

      And Madonna would so think that she is the reincarnation of EP. Oh Madge.

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    2. Nope, they're not coming to Paris this summer, but we're making another trip to Boston to see them in August. After hearing about how often your mom gets to see you, I'm thinking about sending in my application to become a flight attendant!

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  3. SUCH FUN! Pics are fab and I've never been to Argentina but if I ever do go, I will also be singing Evita à la Madonna the entire time. I didn't know it was called the Paris of South America but from your photos, I can see why. I always was told it had more Italian influenced architecture than French... but looks like Paris to me! Enjoy the rest of your vaca and can't wait to have cinnamon margs when you're back! x

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    1. We passed "the balcony" and of course, a reprise of the cemetery concert was performed by my mother. This time her hands were out. She said that she was "speaking to the people". Again, so embarrassing.

      I'll be back in Paris in a few weeks...or maybe never! Let's see what the consulate says next week! Have a nice weekend!

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  4. AnonymousJuly 11, 2012

    Love the Charlie Chaplin Street Art - and I certainly chortled at the oldie hooker... is that an apron she's wearing with her running sneakers? Do you know there's a prostitute on St Denis who does crossword puzzles between gigs?

    How long you in BA? I have tons of recommendations I want to send you - but in case it's just a short stint, hope you can fit in a tostado or milkshake at Varela Varelita (an Old School corner cafe in Palermo on Scalabrini Ortiz and Paraguay). My husband grew up down the street and somehow the first time I went this place made me feel like I was home in the WV (along the lines of the Bonbonniere 6-toed cat pancake place).

    will try to email with other suggestions today.
    HAVE FUN!
    xx

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    1. How cool is that? I found some other shots I wanted to take, but didn't feel safe pulling out my big chunky camera, so those photos are stored in my memory.

      I know the old lady Britney Spears hooker. I always manage to see her when I'm down on rues St.Martin/Denis. I'll look out for the crossword puzzle lady. How funny.

      We're actually heading out tonight, we didn't see nearly as much as I would have liked, but our time was limited. Next time!!

      I love La Bonbonniere! Do you know the waiter who talks to himself?

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  5. Wow! Buenos Aires!:) Cool! I've always wanted to go there! I've been invited to go when my Argentinian friend Lisa will be visiting from the Netherlands (she goes every Christmas for 5 weeks) so she can show me the sights and we can go together to Uruguay:) Your pics have whet my appetite!:)

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    1. Yes, you should definitely go, especially if you have a friend from the country! Your experience will be much more authentic than mine! And if you're there during Christmas, it will be much warmer than it is now! It's winter here. Brrr. : )

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  6. Whoa! I also had no idea you were in BA. I have always wanted to go! I have heard that the mix of folks is the most cosmopolitan in the world. How is the food??

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    1. Yeah, I snuck down for a few days.

      The food is great! I have been eating a lot of meat, fresh fish, empanadas stuffed with spinach, cheese and beef, and minty cocktails! Delish!!!

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  7. why wasn't my mom an "air hostess"? why?

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    1. It is a lovely perk that I never take for granted. Thanks to my mom, I have seen parts of the world that I may not have ever ventured to! Airfare is insanely expensive!

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  8. Looks lovely! I'm always surprised by their being "old"-looking European stuff in South America, for some reason. I know it's been hundreds of years, but for some reason my brain doesn't quite compute and I expect it to be like NZ, where something from the 19th century is very old and rare indeed.

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    1. It has been lovely! A bit chilly, but it's nice seeing my first major city in South America. I wasn't expecting this old European architecture either! It was a pleasant surprise!

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  9. How much did the hooker charge you? I'm curious for a friend. Not for me.

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    1. I didn't ask! I snapped the photo and ran. She was NOT happy, she started talking to some guy who began to approach us, so we ran.

      I also don't speak Spanish.

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  10. and where/what time in the 10e?

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    1. Go up rue Saint Martin and you can see a lot of them lurking in doorways. Anytime really. I have seen them in the day and as well as at night.

      They are mostly old ladies exploding out of there tiny mini skirts and thigh-highs. It's sad but at the same time fascinating.

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    2. My "friend" says thanks. My "friend" is going to slip into her most alluring apron and go make some money!

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    3. Omg, Emily what am I assisting your "friend" with?!

      Or is this role playing thing you and D are doing? If so, oh la la!!

      And if this about looking for a new job, just register with Pole Emploi...it may be easier than going this route. : )

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  11. Your mom is hilarious. Sounds like you had a lovely time in Argentina. Do you have any other plans to visit S. America?

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