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What to see in Buenos Aires, Argentina

Nicknamed La Reina del Plata, Buenos Aires is home to about a quarter of Argentina’s population. This sprawling metropolis is Argentina’s beloved capital. It combines European architecture with a passion for tango, juicy cuts of meat, and soccer. Buenos Aires was in the 16th century established as gold and silver port. Thanks to its wide avenue, fine weather, and its classic restaurants and hotels, this city is indeed a breath of fresh air and a traveler’s hot spot including friends of mine that run a Calgary air conditioning repair company.

The Harbor of La Boca
Sit down for lunch in the harbor of La Boca where the famous tango dance originated. El Caminito is the most famous walkway in the country and it preserves the many eccentricities of this former immigrant ghetto. Don’t forget to tour La Bombonera while in this harbor. This is where Diego Maradona, the soccer legend started out.

San Telmo
The other neighborhoods in the city are so diverse that the locals might point you somewhere else if you ask them where to go. Some might send you to San Telmo to explore the rustic colonial buildings. Browse the neighborhood’s markets for antiques and collectibles.

Puerto Madero
Contemporary architecture and modern parks complement the port’s glory days preserved remnants. While here, make sure you don’t miss the Plaza de Mayo.

Evita Museum
Learn about Argentina’s Legendary First Lady in this museum. Eva Peron’s story is like a fairytale. She was a poor actress who married Argentina’s president and became the working-class heroine. She died in 1953 and her tomb is Argentina’s most photographed grave.

MALBA
MALBA is a stylish Latin America Art museum that provides a glimpse of the past and a view of the twentieth-century designs. Follow the widest avenue in the world: Avenida 9 de Julio to get back to the city center.

Café Tortoni
Line up for drinks or a tango show in Café Tortoni. This has been the local’s favorite for over 150 years. Nearby is the El Cabildo, a colonial Old Town Hall. Its central bell tower overlooks the Metropolitan Cathedral

General Jose de San Martin Tomb
General Jose de San Martin led the May Revolution and today his statue decorates Plaza San Martin. While here, stop at the Falklands War Memorial before exploring the National Congress building.

It is hard not to fall in love with Buenos Aires; all you have to do is look at this city to know every word about it is true.

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Baton Rouge, Louisiana Travel Guide

Baton Rouge lies in southeast Louisiana along the Mississippi banks. Louisiana’s capital is famous for its laid back southern charm, cultural fusion, and sports-mad universities.

From the days when the boundary between native tribes was marked with a red stick to its administration by Spain, Britain, and France transformation has been built into this city’s DNA. Here are the top must-see attractions in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

Downtown Baton Rouge
You will find artworks on the walkways and streets here in a permanent and temporary installations combination. At the Shaw Centre for Arts, the contemporary culture scene continues. It is a dramatic symbol of the revitalization of Baton Rouge. This center includes the LSU Museum of Art and the Manship Theater.

Old State Capitol
The Old State Capitol symbolizes prestige and was once the seat of power. Mark Twain describes this place as a “whitewashed castle” but you can make up your mind when you see this neo-gothic landmark. It was at a time used as a prison and during the civil war housed a garrison. Tour the mansion of the Governor of Louisiana which is believed to have been built using the White House template. The Art déco state capitol building symbolizes a new era in this state’s politics and power.

Spanish Town
Louisiana has a complex blend of Nature American African and European history, making it one of the most diverse cultural traditions in the world. Spanish Town is widely known for the Mardi gras parade that happens yearly. Some familiar symbols of this parade are cut out pink flamingos and eclectic costumes.

Capitol Park Museum
Baton Rouge was for many years the world’s blue capital and this spark still fires in the city’s belly. Learn more about some of Louisiana’s greats such as Sharkey Bonano and Louis Armstrong at this museum.

Magnolia Mound
Baton Rouge from the beginning was a plantation country and many of the mansions in the area have been preserved. Magnolia Mound was one of the city’s earliest antebellum homes. Walk through the grounds to peer into the lives of the privileged and those whom fortune didn’t shine.

Arsenal Park/Arsenal Museum
This complex was once a massive storehouse if the military and played a crucial role during the Confederate war as it helped to keep the reserves gun powder dry.

USS Kidd & Veterans Memorial
Baton Rouge owes much of its success to the Mississippi whose waters flows through the psyche, songs, and stories of the nation. The USS Kidd & Veterans Memorial is a World War Two destroyer. It was the only United States Warship allowed to sail under the crossbones and skull. In 1945, it was struck by a Japanese Kamikaze plane killing over 30 of her crew. She has been restored fully and now offers an intimate window into the history of the navy.