Buenos Aires


The architecture and general ambience of Buenos Aires is an eclectic mixture of European influences. Avenues are wide with abundant green spaces, and monuments are everywhere. Below is the Casa Rosa, the Argentine equivalent of the White House, shot from the famous Plaza de Mayo. It has a distinctly Spanish influence. Our hotel was just a few blocks away, and there were demonstrations there almost daily. 
The monument to Argentine liberator San Martin above, faces the Ministry of culture below. Here the style shows more of a French influence.
The beauty andgrace of the embassy buildings in the Recoleta and Retiro districts, such as the French Embassy below, prompted me to see what our own embassy looked like.
Unfortunately, we will not be able to show a photo of our own embassy. When I went there to take a picture I was immediately approached by an Argentine policeman who informed me if I took the picture my camera would be taken away. I asked why I could take pictures of any other building in town but not my own embassy. He told me that it was at the request of my government. After the lax attitude we had witnessed with demonstrations and the defacing of buildings this seemed odd. The policeman said that if we got permission from security inside we could take the picture. In a classic example of  diplomatic double talk, the functionary that I spoke with said that if we wanted to take a picture from the park across the street, he couldn't do anything about it, but that he prefered that we didn't, and that the Argentine police could arrest us. When I asked why they could arrest us he said that the US had asked them to prevent photos. When I told him that the policeman had said that with his permission I could take the photo, he politely jotted down my name and walked me out to the front gate, where he specifically told the policeman that we did not have permission. I'm probably now on someone's enemies list. At any rate the American embassy building looks like a cross between a concrete bunker and a prison. When I mentioned that to the marine at the front desk, he said that was the "look" they were going for.
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