La Boca

La Boca -- The Birthplace of Tango

La Boca means "The Mouth." The area was so named because it is located at the mouth of a river, at a harbor. Take a taxi over to it.

La Boca is a working class neighborhood with painted colorfully painted buildings along the main street of Caminito. It is an especially touristy street to walk around, you need to carefully watch your cameras and wallet.

Enjoy the ambiance, watch the tango dancers perform on the outdoor stages, listen to the music, and maybe buy a local artist's painting. Original paintings and copies of works of art are available at affordable prices.

Café Tortoni

Founded in 1858, Café Tortoni is a very old coffee shop steeped in tradition and rich in history. Since it began it has been a meeting place for important and famous intellectuals, politicians, and artists.

You will greatly enjoy the stained glass, the rich woods, the brass touches, and viewing the pictures and sculptures of people who have visited the Café.

Going into the Tortoni to have a cup of coffee, to meet someone there is a tradition. Savor it.

Cafe Tortoni
Cafe Violetta


Café Las Violetas

The current building has huge windows, curved glass doors, French stained-glass windows, and Italian marble floors meant to create a pleasant coffeehouse environment, where people will spend their leisure time in a very select environment. They succeeded.

According to legend the famous jockey Irineo Leguisamo came to Las Violetas and asked about cakes. The head pastry chef created the "Leguisamo" in his honor. Its ingredients: biscuit dough base, with dulce de leche, meringue, marron glacé, almond cream, puff pastry, chocolate, and fondant icing.

Catedral Metropolitana de Buenos Aires

The main Catholic church in Buenos Aires is located on the Plaza de Mayo in the center of the city. It's site was laid out in 1580. The interior is covered in frescoes; the floor in mosaics. The altar is wood covered in gold.

The remains of General José de San Martín are in a mausoleum, attached to the church. Within are three sculptures represent Argentina, Chile, and Peru, three of the regions freed by the General.

This is also the site of Argentina's Tomb of the Unknown Soldier of the Independence.

Beagle Channel

Welcome to the Beagle Channel

The channel is a strait in the Tierra del Fuego archipelago at the southern tip of South America.

The east-west channel is about 150 miles long and 3 to 8 miles wide. It runs between the main land to the north and the islands to the south at the very tip of South America.

In the picture I am in Argentina at the east end.

Alaska's Prudhoe Bay to Argentina's Tierra del Fuego

This was my year to travel from the Arctic Ocean to the Southern Ocean; the top of our earth to its bottom.

Crazily, I ended up seasonally confused. Upon returning home I could not quite figure out if it was spring, summer, or fall.

The year was very special and provided many uniquely special memories.

End of Road
Ushuaia Dawn


The Midnight Sun

While south of the Antarctic Circle or north of the Arctic Circle, in the summer the sun does not set. It circles around the sky instead.

When we reached Argentina's Beagle Channel entrance this picture was taken although it was well toward midnight.


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