Sometimes it can be difficult to find some decent green space in a city. You look for the green spots on a map, head there with a book, and it turns out to be a square. Which is great and all, some open space, but you want some actual grass. If you fancy some time out from the concrete jungle of Buenos Aires, take the metro Line D to Plaza Italia, which drops you off immediately next to the Botanical Gardens. It’s free to enter, and has plenty of space for you to relax in. The gardens are located right next to the neighbourhood of Palermo, so you could team it up with a day out there, too.
Whilst there is a lot of grass about, it is forbidden to walk on it. I put one foot on the grass in order to get a good angle for a photo, and half a second later was barked at by the garden officials. I thought it was a slight overreaction but I guess the park looks as good as it does because of this rule. However, there are heaps of benches to sit or lie on, so you won’t be short of somewhere to take a load off.
There’s a hell of a lot of green knocking about the gardens, as you can imagine, but plenty of other colours come into the mix also. I was here at the very beginning of spring and there were plenty of bright flowers beginning to blossom.
The many paths that lead around the gardens will take you in every direction. The park itself is quite small, but you could spend at least an hour just walking in whichever direction takes your fancy. Many paths will lead to more open spaces, where there will more often than not be a fountain in the middle of a minature square. There are also several greenhouses dotted about for you to peer into.
It was my stepmother who first recommended I go to the Botanical Gardens, mainly because of the dozens of cats prowling around the place. It has to be said, she wasn’t wrong, they’re basically everywhere. The delightful kitty below posed perfectly for me as I took a photo. But it wasn’t just cats I saw – I also found a significantly outnumbered dog lying curled up under a bench.