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Dec 22, 2017 - Buenos Aires, Argentina

The Tigre Delta & River cruise was the activity of the day. First we visited San Isidro and stopped at the beautiful church there. Built on the site of a 1706 chapel opened by the city's founder, Captain Domingo de Acassuso, the cathedral was designed by French architects Dunant and Paquin, and inaugurated on July 14, 1898. Constructed in neogothic style, it stands 223 ft tall. Its base is a Latin cross. Its walls are built from materials like rock and bricks, and it has stained glass windows. In the last 3 years some architects started a...

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Dec 6, 2017 - Don't cry for me Argentina, live from The Presidential Palace Buenos Aires

Well we left Brazil in 36c and arrived in a cold Buenos Aires at 26c, met by Paula who loves our English Accents after looking after Americans for some time. Fortunately she is also not part of the military junta or their MI5 or IRS. Also very supportive of Alison's now competent and growing Spanish language, even to the extent Alison ordered our meal and drinks all in Spanish. However we are staying in an ultra sheet, bohemian hotel surrounded by 1890 to 1950's antiquities and an internal courtyard, so sophisticated.....Legado Mitico and...

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Nov 25, 2017 - Buenos Aires, Argentina

My last day in BA I went shopping. Took the subway to Palermo barrio and walked along Avenida Santa Fe which is a Main Street through BA. This is real traditional style downtown shopping with stores of all varieties lining the streets for over a mile. Clothing housewares you name it. Cafes and restaurants. Strolling and window shopping at its best. The perfect temperature huge trees and light wind made it perfect. I was looking for some short leather boots but it's spring here and the stores are full of summer clothes and shoes. Clunky...

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Nov 19, 2017 - Buenos Aires, Argentina

Before getting to BA, I want to say something that I've learned in my months of semi-solitude. Disappointments are the result of unfulfilled expectations. When a person disappoints us, it is the same thing - our expectations for the person are unfulfilled. BUT, it is unfair to be disappointed with a person when you never told that person what your expectations were to begin with. You cannot assume people know what you expect from them. Communication is key. Even if it is uncomfortable. So I arrived to BA and took a taxi because it was...

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Apr 17, 2017 - 30 March 2017 - Buenos Aires, Argentina

And so we reach the end of our trip, with a couple of days in Buenos Aires. We went on a free walking tour of the city - very interesting with a great guide and we were happy to tip her at the end. We saw lots of beautiful statues and architecture, plus a few quirky things like the barber where the Pope used to get his hair cut! Tonight we have arranged to go to a tango show at Cafe Tortoni, quite a famous venue which has been doing these shows for many years. The show was followed by dinner and goodbyes - we leave tomorrow. What a great...

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Apr 2, 2017 - An Englishman, a Scot, and an American go to to a football match

A couple of fellows from our group did some basic research and found that tickets were available for a futbol match between #1 Boca Juniors and #19 Defensa y Justica. They knew I love soccer, so I was invited along. Some terminology might help. What we Americans call soccer is a game known worldwide as football. In England, the term "association football" was used to identify play at a certain level of organization. Association football somehow got contracted into the American term soccer. In Spanish speaking countries, the term is futbol,...

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Mar 31, 2017 - Tedious days, dramatic evening

Unusually heavy rains cancelled a couple of penguin viewing stops. No one wanted to try dirt-to-mud roads to Punta Clara and Peninsula Valdes. We left Puerto Madryn at 6AM to start a paved road marathon north. Three of our fellow passengers had decided the tedium was too much and had opted to take a more comfortable bus to Buenos Aires. We later found out that their bus broke down twice en route. My theory is that by trying to avoid fate, one encounters more fate. We agreed as a group that bad weather meant a cheap hotel was preferred over...

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Mar 31, 2017 - A very big city

Twelve million people live here. It gets so hot in summer that air conditioning demand results in power grid failure and blackouts. Twice in recent history, the federal government of Argentina was so desperate for money that it appropriated the bank accounts of everyone with US dollars, giving them near-valueless pesos in return. Last year, inflation was 45%. These and other interesting and educational tidbits were told to us by Victoria, our guide for our tip-basis free City walking tour. The tour was about two and a half hours long,...

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Mar 27, 2017 - Buenos Aires et le Parc Iguazu

Bonjour à Tous, Familles zé Amis, (dernier article de ce grand voyage) Dommage pour mon vélo en boite et mal de genoux. Car, Bueno Aires(B.A.), à ce que j'ai vu, semble avoir un assez grand réseau de pistes cyclables. Si c'est comme le plan urbain des rues et spécialement grand boulevards, se fut bien pensé. Car, par exemple plusieurs des grands artères ont de 4 à 6 voies dans une direction. Je ne sais pas quand ce fut pensé et à quel coût d'expropriation ? Car, au temps des chevaux, il n'y avait sûrement pas ce système !!! De beaux rangs...

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Feb 11, 2017 - Buenos Aires, Argentina and Montevideo/Colonia, Uruguay

Sunday Feb. 13, 2017-02-12 Buenos Aires, Argentina and Montevideo/Colonia Uruguay Feb. 6-14/17 We took an earlier flight to Buenos Aires in order to maximize our time there. What a fabulous city – grandiose with wide avenues and a vibrant cosmopolitan flair. Like Toronto it is a city of neighbourhoods, and it is Latin America’s most European city. The afternoon we arrived, we took a “Free Tour” ($15/per person) of La Recolata Cemetery. Worth the price of admission – so to speak – “Requiescant in Pace”. People were lining up and dying to get...

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Feb 7, 2017 - Don't cry for me Argentina

Today we are in Buenos Aries, Argentina. Looks very modern in the early dawn light. Looking forward to exploring. We travel into the city on the shuttle bus provided and window shop. Everything is so expensive! We return to the ship for lunch and then go on an organised Cunard tour, Sights of Buenos Aires. Our guide is young Argentinean man. He has a very good command of English and asks us what we know about Argentina. Football is the first answer and Maradona's " Hand of God"! Beef is the second subject and he tells us that there are 40...

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Jan 17, 2017 - Buenos Aires, Argentina

Arrived at our hotel late last night and woke up at 8:30 am for the complimentary breakfast provided by our cruise line, Abercrombie and Kent. It was a nice buffet where we met a few other people that would also be on our boat. After breakfast, the three of us (Maureen, Claire, and Sheila) decided to walk around the city of Buenos Aires before our 2 pm tour later that day. We walked through multiple parks, all of which were beautiful. We were surprised to notice how many dogs were in the city, especially in the parks. We also visited the...

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