Art, Antiques and San TelmoTopic: Antiques
San Telmo Market
San Telmo is the center of the most ancient area of the city of Buenos Aires. With only 25 square
blocks, this small district concentrates in itself a bit of every thing this city has to offer to locals and visitors. The
Plaza Dorrego is the meeting point and from where we start our journey.
Every day is a good day to visit San Telmo…
but on Sundays it's just something else. San Telmo, Flea Market
The narrow stone paved streets are no longer busy with traffic, for on Sundays they are walking streets
only, were one can find lovely couples passing by, kids playing, young and older people enjoying their free day, foreign visitors
buying handcrafted items, antiques, collectibles, having coffee on a sweet little coffee house that has put its tables on
the street because of the beautiful day. As we approach the Plaza, in between human statues, two tangueros are posing for
photograph and a puppeteer, taking advantage of a melancholic tango song, puts on an improvised play of very high artistic
quality. As we keep on walking we can appreciate the crowd around the Plaza Dorrego, were the antiques' market takes place
every Sunday. As we enter this outdoor market, the options are more than plenty; some interesting places catch my eye: some
wild magazine collections from the 30s, beautiful ancient phonographs that still work are playing one of Gardel's most beautiful
tangos. Really close to that stand, I view, astonished, the perfect image of the Argentine's 60s: two posters, side by side,
like twin brothers: El Che Guevara and the four legendary Beatles.
On the street many talented artists play a tango, a
milonga, and the folkloric chamam¿; the sound track of this beautiful spectacle.