Recoleta, Buenos Aires
 
The barrio of Recoleta is the most sophisticated neighborhood in Buenos Aires. Not only is it home to stylish shops, antiques, art and haute couture, it is the most fashionable place in BA to dine. So why take the kids? Feria Artesanal de Recoleta, the city's largest open-air craft market, is held here on weekends. Argentina's most important art museum, Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, is located in this French-style neighborhood. And Recoleta is the home to the gravesite of Eva Peron. A trip to Recoleta Cemetery is a lesson in art and history as well as a macabre adventure for children.

Buenos Aires C1113AAT, Argentina

Plaza Rodriguez Pena

Plaza Rodriguez Pena

Robert Wright courtesy Recoleta Cemetery Blog

Avenida Santa Fe

Avenida Santa Fe

Robert Wright courtesy Recoleta Cemetery Blog

El Ateneo

El Ateneo

Robert Wright courtesy Recoleta Cemetery Blog

Palacio Sarmiento

Palacio Sarmiento

Robert Wright courtesy Recoleta Cemetery Blog

 
The Belle Époque & Argentina

The Belle Époque or Beautiful Age was a golden period in French history. It was a time of great scientific advancement and vibrant street life. The middle and upper classes prospered and peace prevailed during this era. The Belle Époque began in 1871 and ended in 1914 with the outbreak of World War I. What does the Belle Époque have to do with Argentina? Argentina thrived in this period too. The country went from a remote, wild frontier to a prosperous state centered on Buenos Aires. The tango was born in the Belle Époque. What's more, Argentine aristocracy looked to Paris during this era and erected many buildings in its style.

 

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