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Plaza Dorrego, Buenos Aires, Argentina, 2012[open in full screen]  

 
 

This panorama was taken on Wednesday, March 14, 2012 in the morning. Exceptionally quiet time in otherwise extremely busy space. Plaza Dorrego is one of the most popular tourist spots in BA. It is having its "permanent" residence in the form of "left overs from hippy times". They are practically living on the square, selling jewelry, crafts and many other mostly unnecessary items.

At this time they were the only ones present with very little tourists. Even the space for ever present tango dancers was taken over by pigeons.

  What I was doing so early? I was waiting for Rick Powell, organizer and guide of San Telmo street art walk. unfortunately there was miscommunication, technology failed, Rick did not show up and I had to conduct my own "street art" walk. [results are here with 100 very exciting photos]. Tip for visitors: This San Telmo Art Walk is very recommendable and you can book it here.

Every Sunday this whole area around Plaza Dorrego and Defensa Street stretching 2 km all the way to Plaza de Mayo is converted to very famous Feria de San Telmo. Antique vendors together with art and craft stands, musicians and tango performers are taking every available centimetre of space. Event attracts average of over 10.000 people.

  One of our favourite Caffe Dorrego [there are so many of our favourite spots in BA] is located on the square, and in really short time we felt as a part of community.

One more tip for visitors: You can legally carve anything you want on the tables or walls in Caffe Dorrego look what we found on one of the tables on the first photo bellow [link to our favourite travel blog is active].

Being here when it is not as busy as usual is having several advantages. One was noticing that one of the regular craft vendors died in 1976 during the military rule and the plaque is placed and tree is planted in her memory on the square.

 
           
     
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