Wednesday, March 16, 2011
Travel Photo of the Day: At the Window, La Boca, Buenos Aires, Argentina
This photo taken by Luis was chosen by BootsnAll as its photo of the day today. I'm so proud of him! It was taken in November 2006 in the colorful neighborhood of La Boca in Buenos Aires, Argentina. La Boca (meaning "the mouth", in reference to its position at the mouth of the river, Rio de la Plata) is famous for its history, its tango dancers and its football team, the Boca Juniors, which produced the football superstar, Diego Maradona.
Weekends are lively in La Boca, with a "feria artesanal" (an outdoor market where local artisans sell their crafts), tango demonstrations, restaurants and shops. Between 1880 and 1930, 6 million immigrants from Italy, Poland, Yugoslavia, Russia, France and Spain arrived in the area to work the docks and create a new life for themselves and La Boca retains much of that European character. Although the main street, el caminito, and the central blocks have become extremely touristy, the rest of the neighborhood is a thriving part of Buenos Aires life with a culture and pride all its own.