Across the street was the Buenos Aires Zoo, also built at the turn of the century. It's colorful buildings are as appealing as the many animals themselves.
The Rose Gardens are among the most magnificent gardens in the city, with new spring blooms in brilliant hues. Many new experimental roses are begun here by a local horticultural group.
Other speciality gardens in Palermo are the tranquil Japanese Gardens. We ate lunch in the Pavilion and began our tour through the restful gardens close to expensive condos, apartments and embassies, such as the American Embassy.
An outing mid week to the historic barrio of San Telmo took us first to the annual Designer's Showcase set up in the Palacio Lezama, a one time cookie factory, now being converted to artist's lofts, offices and a market. Then it was on to the historic Plaza Dorrego where we lunched and watched the passing parade. Much less hectic than the busy Sunday Flea Market when one can barely move through the crowds.
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