Blogs from Mar del Plata, Buenos Aires, Argentina, South America


South America » Argentina » Buenos Aires » Mar del Plata March 14th 2019

Castellano despues del frances... Petite visite encore de Mar del Plata... c'était fait pour faire la promenade avec tél branché sur Skype afin de la partager avec ma sœur Béatrice afin qu'elle retrouve ses souvenirs en direct... mais pas au rendez-vous... Nous nous promènerons donc tous ensemble...un peu moins en direct vu que c'est depuis Ushuaia où nous sommes actuellement que je vous écris... Cependant les visites aux amis continuent !!! c'est ainsi que le dimanche matin nous prenons rendez-vous avec Annie qui nous apprend avec surprise que sa belle-sœur Nicole qui habite en Espagne et chez qui nous sommes passés en juillet dernier pour fêter nos 50 ans de mariage est là aussi avec trois de ses petites filles... Annie habite sur la route de Batan, là où nous habitions quand j'étais ici avec mes ... read more
Un petit oubli !!! la cravatte offerte par le chauffeur du bus de Bs As à Mar del Plata offerte à JJ.....
le long de la côte un grand hôtel et le casino

South America » Argentina » Buenos Aires » Mar del Plata March 10th 2019

Para el castellano, por favor usar el boton "traducir" que ando a mil... -------- Nous passerons donc une dizaine de jours ici dans un appartement que nous avons loué, au bord de l'océan... Je connaissais cet appartement pour y être venus il y a 8 ans. Malheureusement les argentins on la facheuse habitude de ne pas entretenir leurs biens... par habitude ou par manque de sous... allez savoir mais la deuxième cause en est certainement la vraie réponse... Le lendemain de notre arrivée nous sommes partis prendre possession de la voiture que nous avons louée... Nous sommes donc armés pour faire quelques petits tours, proches ou plus lointains... JJ se retrouve dans le rues.. mais il y a tellement de monde qu'il faut faire très attention car comme déjà dit, ici la priorité de droite ou ... read more
La frégate Liberté
 Frégate Liberté

Après ces deux jours un peu mouvementés et surtout sportives au point de vue marche dans la ville... nous voilà dans un bon bus où le confort est poussé à l'extrême... Nous fidélisons toujours une cie de ces bus qui en masse quittent la gare des bus de Retiro à Buenos Aires pour se rendre partout dans le pays... à toute heure du jour et de la nuit ! C'est bien pour cela que vous aurez des bus avec sièges déjà très confortables, d'autres ce qu'on appelle des "coche semi cama" (bus presque lit) où de terribles fauteuils en cuir peuvent s'abaisser jusqu'à être presque couché et d'autres encore appelés "coche-cama" où vous passerez une nuit tout simplement couché si vous le souhaitez et ferez de beaux rêves... Ceux-ci roulant plutôt la nuit. Aujourd'hui n'est pas ... read more
quitter Bs As aux alentours de la gare
sieges Tony Tour
quitter BS AS par de plus beaux quartiers

South America » Argentina » Buenos Aires » Mar del Plata August 14th 2015

Distance driven today: 298 miles / 480 km Cumulative distance driven: 15,297 miles / 24,618 km Today’s trip: Bahia Blanca to Mar del Plata, Argentina It is funny how we take certain things for granted, and how a little bit of perspective can make us appreciate even the smallest of things. Today’s ride would normally have been deemed as being rather uneventful. However, in the light of yesterday’s rather miserable day consisting of constant rain, I can honestly say that I fully enjoyed riding for an entire day without a single drop of rain falling from the sky, no clouds in the sky, and with no fatal traffic accidents witnessed. On top of that, the temperature was much warmer today compared to yesterday when it was practically a degree or two above freezing. Today also marked ... read more
Ehm, didn't the British win the 1983 war over the Falkland Islands (called Malvinas in Spanish)
Ohio or Argentina - can you tell the difference
Riding with the Argentinian flag

We left Colonia via ferry for Buenos Aires on 25th March (first class by mistake! dressed like typical back packers garlic cloves in pocket and everything to be greeted with champagne on the boat! shame it wasnt a longer crossing). We spent one night in BA just to organise our onward journey. We took a bus the following day to Mar Del Plata (5 1/2 hours). What can I say about Mar Del Plata, not the nicest beach, not the nicest sea, a very modern town but some what lacking in character, but despite this it is not entirely without charm. This is essentially a surfers town and everyone here is very "hey guys, hows it going" very laid back and nothing is too much trouble. The town is spread over a vast stretch of coast ... read more
San Salvador
Commercial Fishing Harbour
The Beach

South America » Argentina » Buenos Aires » Mar del Plata December 28th 2012

Welcome to our last entry of 2012...and yes, Merry Christmas to all of you and your families...even few days after Christmas! Last entry for 2012, time flies! It is also our half way mark for our stay in Argentina. We already have close to 6 months behind us in South America. During our first 6 months, we have mainly explored the South of Argentina. In 2013, we still have to go to Cordoba, Iguacu, Salta and Mendoza…so a lot more for us to discover…and even maybe a little more… Mar del Plata is a special place for my family. My Mum spent here most of her teenager years…so for Christmas, it’s a family reunion…back in time. My parents are there, but also my sister and her daughter. Let put it straight, I do not consider Mar ... read more
Not really my cup of tea for a seaside resort...
Merry Christmas from Argentina!
Puerto, Mar del Plata

We woke to the bus joggling us along. I was still quite snoozy after a late night blogging. As breakfast was served on the bus, we pulled back the blinds and enjoyed the ride towards Mar del Plata. Around 10am we pulled into the bus terminal which was a great relief. I was looking forward to, and more than ready for our arrival. This meant I did not have to use the bus toilet which was shorter than me and not much wider than me. Definitely more relaxed after my “pit stop” at the bus terminal, it was time to purchase a local bus pass, the equivalent of a Wellington “Snapper card”, which cost 20 pesos (NZ$6) for six trips. I suggested to Eileen that we walk to our accommodation rather than the usual taxi since ... read more
Beach view from our window
Torre Tanque
Avenida Colón

It is reasonably common for us to be the most mature guests in the hostels we have visited. However, we have not been the oldest guests. That honour goes to a very nice South African couple we met in Bariloche. They are driving their fully equipped Land Rover from Ushuaia to Alaska and they have already conquered the Capetown to Norway route. While we were chatting over lunch one day I was curious to know if they had observed any of the ‘quirks’ I had seen on our short travels so far. The answer was a resounding ‘yes’ and so we spent some time laughing and sharing stories. Here are a few observations that I hope will make you smile just as they did for us. If you can produce a corkscrew you will have friends ... read more
Hostel Effect 2

South America » Argentina » Buenos Aires » Mar del Plata November 11th 2010

After a nerverending flight- sat right in front of some woman who WOULDN'T STOP throwing up- I finally touched down on South American ground. At last the realisation struck me that I was indeed going to be spending the next half year here and that-like it or not- there was no turning back! After passing through customs I followed an Argentinians advice and booked a taxi, also known as a "remise" before leaving the airport. Apparently, the taxi drivers lingering outside are keen to rip you of and like to take you on the scenic route to your destination as soon as they realise that you are a tourist and don't have a clue of where you are let alone where you are going. So I handed over my $135 pesos of ny freshly changed money ... read more

First delivery of what hopefully become a vast part of my blog Buenos Aires, Monday March 1st, 2010 Arrival in BA after a flight that lasted 10 hours and which gave us the wrong local time, landed on a busy airfield with slow but efficient control. Taxi to hotel over wide and not overly busy highway to inner town, almost European like with music and coffee/sandwich bars everywhere. Hotel somewhat different than expected, almost Spartan rooms but good beds, ample ablution facilities, fairly quiet at night. First impressions of the town are very positive, helped by a lovely breakfast after 9AM in café at the corner with friendly, helpful service. At night music and lively patronage until well after 12. Next day sight-seeing on topless bus, metro train-ride (fast and cheap), window shopping etc. Friday ... read more
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