Palermo is a catchall for a rather nebulous and large chunk of northern Buenos Aires. It encompasses Palermo proper with its park system, Palermo Chico, Palermo Viejo, which is further divided into Palermo Soho and Palermo Hollywood, and Las Canitas, which is just to the side of the city's world-famous polo field.
Palermo proper is a neighborhood of parks filled with magnolias, pines, palms, and willows, where families picnic on weekends and couples stroll at sunset. Designed by French architect Charles Thays, the parks take their inspiration from London's Hyde Park and Paris's Bois de Boulogne. The prized attractions are the Zoological, Parque Tres Febrero, the Japanese Garden and Jardin Botanico.
There's plenty more for the art lover with the array of statues (often commemorating military heroes) and fountains. The high-rise apartments along Avenida del Libertador strike a contrast to much of the rest of the city. There are pockets of buildings that more closely resemble what you'd expect, Criollo-style or Art Deco-era flourishes, but the towering penthouse condos grab the attention with their even lines and symmetry.
I also had the chance to meander through Palermo Chico a bit. It's a pretty exclusive neighborhood of elegant mansions south of Libertador, with prices that were seemingly unaffected by the peso crisis. Other than the beauty of the homes and a few embassy buildings, this small set of streets tucked behind the MALBA (its acclaimed modern art museum) has little interest to most that don't live there. Alas, I'm a sucker for wandering. I couldn't help but take my time and, that I got to view this part of town in the springtime, made it all the sweeter as the colors were on full display.