I HEART San Telmo…

So I may not be a bona fide Portena after all. Portenos as a rule dislike San Telmo apparently. It’s seen as rundown, filthy, crime-ridden. A barrio largely occupied by immigrant families living in conventillos converted from the crumbs of one-time-grandeur. Recent years of course has seen the regeneration of San Telmo … like much of BsAs in general. So superchic restaurants and snooty antique-dealers have moved in, stuccoed-&-gilded-up and the tourists are swarming in to suck up the sweet stuff. Yeah I can see why Portenos hate it …

I ♥ San Telmo 🙂

On Sundays there’s the Feria San Pedro Telmo held in and around Plaza Dorrego …

Iglesia Nuestra Senora de Belen, Buenos Aires. January 2011

Squillions of stalls (maybe more!) zigzag the square, spilling over into the lanes that run off, where often they’re just blankets laid over cobble. Treasure twinkling in the blazing sunshine. This is my kinda Shopping Shangri-la ♥ There is antique/vintage/trendy/in-style everything to be found. It’s wit meeting craft. There is infectious potent energy and babies and music and joy and rasping smokers and raucous drinking and flowers!oh they love their flowers! – fresh leather paper fabric latex painted chalked – take your pick – any end of the vibrant spectrum you might like. Young girls sell crisp juicy empanadas from trays as they walk around like hostesses offering hor d’oevres at a cocktail party. Oh and who cares about your attitude Senor Toffee-Nose in the Tienda de Antigeudad Wherever. I found the most divine perfectly intact French crystal chandelier from the 1900s at a price undreamt of elsewhere just next door ♥

There are gleeful street artists …

… who convince you that anything is possible Dorothy …

And made me wish, not for the first time, the kids were with us. Cause I had to deal with this kid fulltime …

🙂 🙂 🙂

Then there’s Tango

Sure they’re flogging their CD and there’s a hat being passed round. But there’s lightness in those feet, passion in those twirls and peace in their creases …


Oh and we only managed to try FOUR eating establishments over our eleven hour-day there … slowing down in the old-age 😉

Lunched on French …

Petanque, Buenos Aires.

The duck confit and creme brulee came shortly after …

And dined in The Prettiest Restaurant In Buenos Aires according to some …

El Historico, Buenos Aires.

Cause sometimes nothing but an epic plate of pasta will do ♥

And as the sun sets slowly, and the stalls start packing up, the musicians hit the streets for an open-air milonga…

You can sit and sip in cafes and watch …

Or find a partner and head on out 🙂

Yes this’ll be us soon 😉

Hold the applause! Hasta manana!


About goddessmoments

Am happiest when exploring our ever-shrinking big blue marble with my camera in hand.
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8 Responses to I HEART San Telmo…

  1. nadia says:

    That couple doing tango … anyone who has visited this place has at least one picture that includes this couple; I think they’ve been dancing forever 🙂

    Beautiful pictures! By the time I finished reading this post, I realized that I ♥ San Telmo too 🙂

  2. Lisa Lim says:

    You make me wanna pack up now and go!!

  3. Excelso Ventura Jr says:

    The dirt is where a beautiful flower grow…

  4. Pia Zain says:

    Shireen, its like we are there with you! Love love love and misses xxx

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