Sundays are the day

Sundays are the day for Seahawks winning their division! Go Hawks!

Sundays are also the day for the Fiera de San Telmo. The city closes one of their streets from Plaza de Mayo to Plaza Dorrego – at least a mile long – and vendors line both sides to sell their wares. You can pretty much buy anything here: shoes, sandals, clothes, art, crafts, antiques, junk, repurposed items, books, records, pipes, leather goods, incense, food, fresh orange juice, and churros (which we visited twice!).

Today was warmer, 85 or so and humid. and the street market was crowded as you can see from the photo. But it was so much fun! We had a great time and actually walked it in its entirety – both directions!! Devlin bought himself a leather wallet and I bought myself a hand-made shawl.

At the southern end of the madness is Plaza Dorrego, another square set up with stalls galore. This area has more antiques. Also in a couple of areas were professional Tango dancers and live music for entertainment. It was a serious treat.

We also stopped at the Mercado de San Martin, which is an indoor market for produce and antiques. It was beautiful and we sat inside and enjoyed a cold Coke and watched the people. No air conditioning in the mercado but we felt good to get out of the sun. It was also a great spot for photos.

All the street musicians we saw today were VERY talented and I took some video of one in particular. When we get home and on a computer I will post it.

Tonight Devlin played a few games of pool at the hotel with two other kids. He had fun and got to use more Spanish. I had a couple of glasses of wine, and David and I watched the Seahawks game stats tick by on YahooSports.

Our feet are really sore. Let’s just say that after the market adventures we walked another 2 miles to cross part of Avenue 9 de Julio, one of the widest streets in the world. It was HOT and crowded, so we didn’t stick around. Yes, some of us have blisters, but thankfully not from the sun!

Tomorrow is up in the air. We are waiting to hear back from an estancia (ranch) on spending a day there on Tuesday or Wednesday. Fingers crossed!

Just look at how far this market goes! Everything is sold here.

Just look at how far this market goes! Everything is sold here.

image

Beautiful produce at the Mercado de San Telmo

 

Fruit market stand at Mercado de San Telmo, est 1897.

Fruit market stand at Mercado de San Telmo, est 1897.

 

Great view outside our hotel.

Great view outside our hotel.

Advertisements