Buenos Aires holiday

We returned to the same B&B back in Buenos Aires a couple of days before Christmas. We checked with several restaurants and couldn’t find one that would be open on Christmas eve, so we picked up some things at a small grocery that we could munch in our room for an easy dinner of sorts.

We were their only guests the day before the holiday in 2005. Notes were lying under the decorated Christmas tree with requests for Santa written by the children. At 10pm on Christmas eve, we heard a knock on our door. It was our host, Gus. “You are our guests; won’t you join us for Christmas dinner?” Red tablecloths covered long tables in the courtyard. We were welcomed to a delightful evening of conversation by candlelight with their large extended family, an educated, interesting group including a professor or two. My son befriended a pair of young architects. At midnight Santa (Gus?) arrived with presents and the children opened them immediately. Then we all headed up to the rooftop where fireworks were set off around town.

Unable to find an open restaurant in Palermo on Christmas day, we taxied to the Jewish quarter to find several restaurants serving dinner as usual. Over the holiday weekend, we shopped along Florida Street, and strolled the citylike pathways of Recoleta cemetery, well known for its statuary and famous inhabitants, admiring stately and ornate mausoleums, poignant statues.


The Sunday antiques fair in the charming, old San Telmo barrio, with its unique street performers, had interesting booths and tables.

San Telmo

We went to a tango show our last night in Buenos Aires and were seated at a front table. The tango dance tells a passionate story of lovers — embracing, jealous, spurned, love flung away and reclaimed, in dramatic and graceful movements — their eyes burning, noses almost touching, backs straight and proud, legs flying, dresses flaring. A vibrant end to a glimpse of a beautiful and passionate country.

Street dancers

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31 thoughts on “Buenos Aires holiday

  1. Lovely time in Buenos Aires! I stayed in Recoleta, and I enjoyed the visit to its cemetery. I actually never saw tango performers on the street (only at a show), but must’ve been nice to observe, even join in! Thanks for this post; it brought back memories of my time in Argentina!

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  2. Watching couples dancing in synchrony on the streets of Buenos Aires must have been an amazing experience. I’ve heard that some tango shows especially the ones where Argentine tango choreography is performed alongside live musicians and singers in indoor venues can cost up to hundreds of dollars. Thanks for sharing and have a good day 🙂 Aiva xx

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    1. I was going to highlight the same disparate items but The Travel Architect beat me to it. Good on you for thinking of the Jewish quarter on Christmas Day; not sure I would’ve come up with that solution myself!

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  3. How lovely of your hosts at the hotel to invite you to join them for their Christmas celebration! It reminds me of the time our hostess at a B&B in Redding CA invited us to join her 4th July party in the garden. The other guests were amused at the idea of having the one-time ‘enemy’ at their Independence Day celebrations!

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  4. We also saw a few tango dancers on the street and at a Cafe in recoletta and La Boca. I wish I could dance as elegantly and passionately as they did. It’s such a great story that your hotel owners invited you for Christmas dinner. Maggie

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  5. FANTASTIC photos – each and every one. I wish we had street dancers in our country, in our cities and our towns. I recently went to a musical show called Rhythm India and the dancing was incredible, and the narrator said many Indians dance every day in the street. If so, how great. Thanks for sharing all of this.

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