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Jan 8, 2019 - Evita Museum

To learn more about Eva Peron Duarte, the most famous First Lady of Argentina, I walked to the Museo Evita. The museum chronicles the life and social work of one of the most important women in the history of Argentina. Different moments of Evita's life are recreated in historical surroundings using modern museography techniques including some of her clothing and jewelry. One of her outstanding accomplishments was her work for women's suffrage. In 1948, the house, once a small family hotel, was acquired by the Maria Eva Duarte de Peron...

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Jan 7, 2019 - MALBA and Tango Show

MALBA Museo de Arte Latinoamericano de Buenos Aires Latin American Museum of Buenos Aires This museum began as the collection of Eduardo Constantine, donated and declared MALBA Museo del Arte Latino Americano de Buenos Aires in 2001. The current exhibition was 223 works by more than 200 Latin American artists of the 20th century. Among others, Xul Solar, David Siqueiros, Frida Kahlo, and Diego Rivera are represented. Besides the permanent collection, there was a Pablo Suarez (1937-2016) exhibition called Narciso Plebeyo or plebeian...

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Jan 6, 2019 - San Telmo Sunday Market

San Telmo is one of the oldest and most picturesque neighborhoods in BA with many colonial houses and manors. The Sunday market features blocks and blocks of stalls of jewelry craftsmen. Plaza Dorrego is known for its antiques market and outdoor entertainment. This is where you can find the Mafalda statue sitting on a bench a few doors from where her creator, the cartoonist Quino, used to live. Mafalda is a national favorite and icon of the comic strips in Argentina. For lunch I found empanadas at La Continental on Defensa.

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Jan 5, 2019 - Even BA Has Chinatown

After I went to the port to see Jennie and Linda off on their cruise around the Horn, I stopped at Plaza Francia in front of the Recoleta Cemetery. On weekends the plaza is filled with vendors of handicrafts, textiles, art, and silver jewelry. Next I walked to El Ateneo Grand Splendid, a classic bookstore founded in 1912, with 34 locations throughout Argentina. Although Buenos Aires has always been known for its books, there's nothing quite like the experience of stepping into the El Ateneo located in what was once the Teatro Grand...

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Jan 4, 2019 - Linda Lucht Arrives

Jennie's friend and cabinmate Linda Lucht arrived today before their cruise sails for the trip around the Horn tomorrow. We went shopping at another mall called Urban Shopping and had a lunch of pastrami and burgers. Dinner was at Till where I tried a delicious grilled fish called pacu (freshwater fish related to the pirahna) and more pasta and Malbec.

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Jan 3, 2019 - Shopping Palermo

At the top of most people’s shopping lists when they come to Argentina is leather. And for good reason. As one the world’s biggest producers of meat, Argentina has also got its fair share of top-notch leather and Buenos Aires is a leather shopping mecca. But with an overwhelming number of leather shops at your fingertips, it’s hard to know where to go to get the best hide for your money. We read that the place to shop for leather goods is on Avenida Murillo in Villa Flores. Most stores have Jewish owners and we passed a synagogue here. The...

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Jan 2, 2019 - Tigre Island Paradise

Transportation around Buenos Aires was easy to navigate after the hotel staff gave us some basic information. We took a bus to the train platform for the hourlong ride to Tigre. This charming village where Portenos go for weekends and holidays to flee the heat of the city, is on four rivers and access to many of the cottages is only by boat. We booked a water tour and met Drinda Maxwell of Hawaii and Melissa Turner from Seattle. Later they showed us the subway back to the city and we all had dinner at Desnivel, a busy traditional grill...

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Jan 1, 2019 - New Year's Day 2019

We saved the tour of Recoleta Cemetery for today when most of the shops and restaurants were closed. We hired a British guide named Simon for an in-depth walk around the famous graveyard. Among others, First Lady Eva Duarte, the legendary Evita, is buried here and hers is the most venerated shrine. However, Simon had many stories to tell as he pointed out the grave of the girl with catatonic ejpilepsy who is believed to have been buried alive. We also visited the mausoleum of a young woman buried in an avalanche in Switzerland whose tomb...

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Dec 31, 2018 - New Year's Eve Buenos Aires

Today we took a city tour and while we waited for the 2 PM van, we walked down the famous shopping street Avenida Florida. We stopped for quiche and empanadas at a deli and changed more US dollars for pesos. Farther down this pedestrian street is Galerias Pacifico, one of the fancy shopping centers of Buenos Aires with murals, glass ceilings, and a Parisian style center dome. It is the former home of the National Museum of Bellas Artes. The van tour stopped at Plaza de Mayo where mothers of many missing victims of Argentina's "Dirty War"...

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Dec 30, 2018 - Now We're In Buenos Aires

We checked into Hotel Ancon in the Recoleta neighborhood of Buenos Aires. In search of dinner, we walked to one of the many outdoor restaurants facing Recoleta Cemetery. We tried Provoleta, grilled provolone cheese sprinkled with olive oil and basil. Hotel Ancon Marcelo de Alvear #2223 Recoleta Buenos Aires Single room $33.15 USD per night, breakfast included info@hotelancon.com.ar

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Dec 28, 2018 - Starting 2019 in Argentina

Arrived in Buenos Aires with Jennie Cullen early this morning and soon caught a flight to Puerto Iguazu. Jennie went in search of Argentine pesos while I waited to check in at City Airport for the $130 domestic flight to Puerto Iguazu and we're off to see the Falls. We arrived in Iguazu in mid-afternoon. After a taxi ride through the jungle from the airport to the small town of Puerto Iguazu, we checked into Hosteria Noelia. This is one of many small and simple hotels in town. Our room was adequate and the weather was hot enough to...

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Oct 15, 2018 - Recoleta and Teatro Colon

Today we catch a public bus to Recolleta, a suburb of Buenos Aires and also where the Recolleta Cemetery is. Our first stop is the University of Law an impressive building with many columns. University is free in Argentina. There was no effective education plan until President Domingo Sarmiento (1868–1874) placed emphasis on bringing Argentina up-to-date with practices in developed countries. Sarmiento encouraged the immigration and settling of European educators and built schools and public libraries throughout the country, in a programme...

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