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Whenever you see a touristic brochure about Buenos Aires, Caminito, in the La Boca Neighborhood, is a classic. And like with every classic place, either you love it or you hate it. It’s one of those places you have to see with your own eyes and probably the place everyone will expect to see on your travel photos.
When many inmigrants came from Italy, most of them from Genoa, they settled in this part of the city, where the port would gave them the chance to start a new life in the American continent [Important fact: America is not a country but a whole continent so we argentines are also Americans. Just to let you know ;)]. They built their homes with whatever they found, from wood to metal sheet. Painting was done almost in the same way using what they had, resulting in very colorful homes.
The following photos are from Caminito, which is a little colorful museum street. It was the artist Benito Quinquela Martin Chinchella [in 1959] who decided to paint it walls with different pastel colors to give this place the brightness it had before, when a train used to go through it streets until it was abandoned.
The name, Caminito [little path] was taken from the lyrics of a tango written by Juan de Dios Filiberto in 1926.
Both most relevant teams of argentine fútbol were born in La Boca: River Plate and Boca Juniors. Being myself a fan of River I find it hard to recommend you people to go to La Bombonera, the famous Boca stadium, but I do strongly recommend you to visit the best argentine stadium, El monumental, River’s stadium and where the national team always play 😉
One last thing to mention is that, whether you like it or not, this is a very very photogenic spot. Though is not my favorite neighborhood I highly recommend it to those in the search of beautiful and colorful photos.
República de La Boca. Sounds like a separatist neighborhood but it isn´t 😉
1,2,3 Tango! This two were posing for a photographer and I “stole” this picture.
Oh, let me tell you I had to wake up very very early so that it could be possible to take photos without having one thousand tourists appearing on them.
Caminito and it colours.
Reading the newspaper surrounded by color.
Some pretty windows.
Some houses and a very modern car 😛
That’s me trying to jump and reach the basket. Of course I couldn’t accomplish it. But hey, there was a time when I could play good basketball [I’m too bad at fútbol].
Argentine icons [from left to right]: Diego Maradona, Eva Perón and Carlos Gardel.
Tacky stuff for sale. Ewwwww
Fútbol t-shirts even for babies.
Tango dancers for sale. This looks much better than those ugly bags 😛
A very gentle guy who sells art on the caminito streets.
A Diego Maradona’s clon. Oh my god, he really looks like him and he is not even family related. He is always there with a photographer who sells the” photo with Diego”. When I told the clon about the blog and I asked him for his permission to take a photo he accepted immediately, but the photographer was not happy with the idea of me stealing his model and not paying anything. So… this is an exclusive photo for all of you samsungimaging followers!!! 😉
And to finish for now, this is another view of the Barrio de La Boca.
Well, I hope this was not too boring. Later I will upload a second part of this “La Boca Special”.
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