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La Boca
21-DEC-2011 Dick Keely

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 River.
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 among sports fans for La Bombonera the home of Boca Juniors, one of the world's best known 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.


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GeneWard17-Mar-2013 02:04
What a dramatic shot!
Mildred Alpern06-Feb-2012 22:54
Stupendous burst of sky flooding the sea and enhancing the bordering buildings and tug boat
Santi Bravo Figueras06-Feb-2012 16:15
Awesome shot!
John G Reed06-Feb-2012 16:08
Nicely done. Ditto below. Best. J
Bartosz Kotulski06-Feb-2012 15:41
very nice strong vibrant colors.
Sofia Solomennikova06-Feb-2012 12:50
Fabulous!!! V
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