We took a day to wander around San Telmo and Puerto Madero.
Convent; San Telmo
San Telmo is a cool area because it was originally where all the sailors would stay when they docked in Puerto Madero. Thus, back in the colonial period, it was a rather dirty place with taverns and prostitution and the works. The city decided that since not only ship workers but tourists from Europe came though the Puerto and San Telmo, and as the “face of the city” it needed to look nicer. So, they cleaned it up a bit trying to attract the rich with running water, better sanitation, and street lamps. The rich did move into the neighborhood, but it did not deter the “degenerates” already there. Thus this part of the city has a history of poor and rich carved out in the buildings – fancy French style architecture sitting next to a soot-black warehouse with graffiti.
Choripan (super Argentine lunch)
The Port was quieter than I expected. There were no inbound ships nor much foot traffic. It was very peaceful walking along the Rio de la Plata. We toured a ship from the 1890’s, both concluding that we would never want to spend multiple months on a tiny wooden vomit coffin. We crossed the “Bridge of Women” and saw a private collection of art in a warehouse that made me really wish I had rollerblades.
The Boat; The Bridge of Women
The day after our long walking Port tour, we both felt a bit sick. Some of the people in the hostel had the flu and we were scared that we had it too. So we moved out of our dorm style 8 person room to a private room and recuperated for most of the day. We made it out into the sunshine for the late afternoon to take a short tour of the Teatro Colon. It’s the last classical opera house to be built in the world. It’s a gorgeous building with marble everything and lots of statues of fleshy angels. They were doing lighting rehearsals for their upcoming performance of Othello so the theater was dark when we went inside. However, we did get to see the turntable stage change sets.
Inside Teatro Colon and the Plaza in front of the Theater