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Caminto, La Boca, Buenos Aires, Argentina

La Boca is a neighborhood, or barrio of the Argentine capital, Buenos Aires. It retains a strong European flavour, with many of its early settlers being from the Italian city of Genoa. In fact the name has a strong assonance with the Genoese neighborhood of Boccadasse (or Bocadaze in Genoese dialect), and some people believe that the Buenos Aires barrio was indeed named after it. The conventional explanation is that the neighborhood sits at the mouth ("boca" in Spanish) of the Riachuelo.

In 1882, after a lengthy general strike, La Boca seceded from Argentina, and the rebels raised the Genoese flag, which was immediately torn down personally by then President Julio Argentino Roca.

It is known throughout the sporting world as the home of Boca Juniors, one of world's top football clubs. La Boca is a popular destination for tourists visiting Argentina, with its colourful houses and pedestrian street, the Caminito, where tango artists perform and tango-related memorabilia is sold. Other attractions include the La Ribera theatre, many tango clubs and Italian taverns, as well as La Bombonera, home of Boca Juniors.

It has also been a centre for radical politics, having elected the first socialist member of Argentine Congress (Alfredo Palacios in 1935) and been home to many demonstrations during the crisis of 2001.

As one of Buenos Aires's 48 barrios, La Boca is located in the city's south-east near its old port. The barrio of Barracas is to the west; San Telmo and Puerto Madero are to the north.

Caminito is a little street in La Boca, a neighbourhood, or barrio of the Argentine capital, Buenos Aires. It retains a strong European flavour, with many of its early settlers being from the Italian city of Genoa.

阿根廷首都布宜諾愛麗斯南邊的La Boca是歐洲人最早登陸布宜諾愛麗斯的地方,算是歷史相當悠久的地區,也是阿根廷著名的探戈發源地。在La Boca區內保留了Caminito區域,擁有色彩豔麗的鐵皮屋建築,以及極具特色的藝術品,很多藝術家到此謀生,更豐富了當地的文化。每到週末街上到處是街頭藝人表演探戈,還有一大堆飾品攤販,及餐廳可喝喝下午茶,值得耗上半天以上在此享受阿根廷的悠閒時光。


References sources : wikipedia, gavinangel.com

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