Argentina’s economy managed to grow 7.1 percent in 2008 — lower than the country’s envious 8.8 percent average of the previous four years, but still a respectable number considering the financial skid of worldwide markets. In Rosario — a prosperous city of 1 million residents in Argentina’s agricultural heartland 180 miles northwest of Buenos Aires — real estate developers, local entrepreneurs and municipalities are still managing to raise capital for new commercial investment projects and city infrastructure improvements.
The city took its name from Athena, goddess of wisdom, strategy and war, and protector of the city. The financial, political and administrative center of the country and an all-powerful city-state in antiquity, Athens is a major center of culture. A visit to the first-ever museum dedicated to Byzantium, a stroll around the National Garden and a trip to the Olympeion archaeological site will take you back through time.