I’m not sure if it was Carlos Thays who introduced the jacaranda tree to Buenos Aires – but the city certainly adopted it as a signature species.  We were there when the thick summer foliage was a monochrome green – but it would be worth it to revisit in November when city streets and parks become tunnels of violet.

Here’s a sense of what BA looks like at the height of jacaranda season in this video by a major real-estate firm.  So yes, a view of the northeast side of the city: rich, sleekly modern, beaux-arts elegant – and no visible graffiti.