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South America » Argentina » Buenos Aires » Buenos Aires December 8th 2019

Dear Friends and Family, After travelling 28 hours from door to door, Ann, Riley and I arrive in Buenos Aires, Argentina. We stopped in Toronto to change planes and then in Santiago just to walk in a big circle and get back on the same plane. We used Uber to get from the airport to the Airbnb and found it to be really reliable and cheap to get around in Argentina and later Chile. We were staying in the Palermo district that boasts lots of coffee shops, restaurants and grocery shops. For my birthday, we did a big walking tour of Buenos Aires. We started in the Caminito at the colourful buildings and market stalls. We walked north to La Bombonera (home to the Boca Juniors), the playground at the Parque Flora Native, San Telmo, Plaza ... read more
Caminito, BA
Exercising near Puerto Madero, BA
Casa Rosada, BA

South America » Argentina » Buenos Aires November 21st 2019

Nov 11 thru 20 My traveling companion is my good friend Malcolm from Fiji and we leave for our second trip to Argentina, followed by a possible incursion into Bolivia (we quickly had to dump this thought because of political unrest in Bolivia following the ouster of Evo Morales) Again, we pick San Telmo as our base for our five nights in Buenos Aires. We had stayed in hotel for one night before leaving the last trip, hotel Bohemia on Peru. Very central and within easy walking distance to everything. As the Argentina economy is in the doldrums, we are now receiving 60 pesos to the US dollar instead of our 15 to the $ in 2016. Taxis are cheap, hotels and food are reasonable and of course imported clothes, shoes etc. More expensive. ... read more

South America » Argentina » Buenos Aires » Buenos Aires November 12th 2019

R: The next morning it was time so say our goodbyes and head off. I was booked on a flight from El Calafate airport in the early afternoon which required an early start. The tour company had told me that the could take me to the airport but it wouldn't be till later in the day, so I had booked my own minibus transfer. I was considering the public bus but my prior experience with Argentinian public transport told me that I didn't want to leave this to chance. I was sat in the kitchen with some of the other people from the tour, when suddenly the driver showed up early! Without saying full goodbyes to all, I was whisked away. The minibus went round and around the town picking up people before making the 3 ... read more
Plaza del Mayo
Puerto Madero
Teatro Atheno

South America » Argentina » Buenos Aires November 10th 2019

Another full day in Buenos Aires. We are getting pretty good at navigating our way around using the subway system. It really is much better than traveling the city streets because of the volume of cars and buses whipping around. Our first destination was the Plaza de Mayo. It is located at the center of Buenos Aires And is the main square. It is a commemoration of the May Revolution on 1810, the first steps towards Argentina's independence from Spain in 1816. Seats of Government are located around the Plaza. At the center of the Plaza if the May Pyramid which was constructed to commemorate independence from Spain. We were able to see the changing of the guard at the Cabildo. The building was the seat of power during the time Argentina was colonized by Spain. ... read more
Bridge of a Woman
Port de Madero
Locks of Love

South America » Argentina » Buenos Aires November 9th 2019

Today was busy with places to go and much to see. We started out very early this morning to join a walking tour. Unfortunately they left before we arrived even though we were on time. Luckily we had planned ahead and had another walking tour in our plans starting one hour later. Maybe it was a good thing we missed the first because the second was very good. Dominique, the tour guide, has a degree in tourism and is very dedicated to her job. She did an excellent job and we learned many interesting facts about Buenos Aires and Argentinian history. We stopped to view the Obelisco which is a national monument in the center of the city. It is a place where people from the city gather to celebrate events. The Teatro Colon was visited ... read more
Sante Fe Avenue, widest street as listed in Guinness Book of World Records
Teatro Colon-side view
Teatro Colon -front view

South America » Argentina » Buenos Aires November 8th 2019

Today was not as eventful as the past few days since we spent 12 hours in transit either in taxis to or from the airport, taking two planes, and layovers . It's all part of the travel and can't be helped. All this moving around went very smoothly so all was good! We are now in Buenos Aires and staying in the Palermo neighborhood. This is another huge city with a population of 6 million people. After checking in we walked around several of the streets around here. There are numerous cafes and bakeries. We haven't seen a doughnut yet. The bakeries have all kinds of fancy cakes, tarts, fruity specialties, creamy deserts and all kinds of rolls. There are also little stores for daily needs like our party stores at home except many of them ... read more
One of the many bakeries
Busy streets in Palermo neighborhood

South America » Argentina » Buenos Aires October 21st 2019

Unexpected turn of events today. Woke up early to depart for a 10.02 flight from Santiago to Calama to begin our much anticipated cycling tour of Atacama with Ecotours. Checked my phone to find an email from LATAM saying flight is cancelled. Try to look at options online but am 11th in the queue for the chat service. Head downstairs to reception to get some help from Diana who’s on the night shift. Spend two hours working out that all internal flights are cancelled as well as no buses, car hire or any other means of getting to where we want to be. Decide to look at crossing to Argentina for a few days in the hope of coming back to do the Patagonia part of our trip. Manage to book a flight with KLM but ... read more
Bar De Lucia in the market.

South America » Argentina » Buenos Aires » Tigre October 13th 2019

À environ 35 km au nord de Buenos Aires, dans la province du même nom, la ville de Tigre est facilement accessible par le Tren de la Costa qui la relie à la grande ville plusieurs fois par jours. Comme son nom l’indique, ce train longe la côte de l’Atlantique sud en traversant une dizaine de petites villes, tantôt cossues, tantôt plus délabrées jusqu’au delta du fleuve Paraná qui lui, prend naissance dans le Rio de la Plata. Tigre compte environ 30,000 habitants répartis, pour la plupart, entre la terre ferme et les nombreux canaux qui se déploient à partir du fleuve. Ce delta de 320 km de longueur rend la voiture inutile puisque toutes les maisons sont construites le long des canaux. On n’a donc aucun autre choix que d’y accéder par bateau. Il est ... read more
Bateau taxi
Sur le fleuve Sarmiento
la végétation est superbe

South America » Argentina » Buenos Aires » Buenos Aires October 11th 2019

Il était certain qu’en venant à Buenos Aires, berceau du tango argentin, nous trouverions un endroit pour savourer le tango! Des centaines de milongas s’annoncent aux touristes, mais c’est justement celles qui m’intéressaient le moins. Une milonga désigne le lieu où les argentins viennent danser et pour moi, c’est l’ambiance feutrée et un peu sombre du tango typique que je recherchais! Je l’ai trouvée au Cabaré Marabú. Cette milonga des années 20 a tenu les plus grandes soirées de tango à cette époque et jusque dans les années 50. Tous les grands noms du tango y ont joué et enregistré leurs succès pendant plus de 4 décennies pour le grand plaisir des porteños qui y sont venus et viennent encore user leurs talons aiguilles et souliers vernis sur son grand plancher de danse. Il est 21h30 ... read more
l’orchestre Color Tango

South America » Argentina » Buenos Aires » Buenos Aires October 10th 2019

Fidèles groupies de mes chroniques, je suis en Argentine pour un séjour aux confins de l’Antarctique, vers la capitale du bout du monde, Ushuaïa, la ville la plus australe de la planète! Mais, bien évidemment, on ne va pas en Argentine sans passer par l’élégante Buenos Aires pour y faire quelques pas de tango... donc j’y suis! Encore une fois, un voyage de contrastes, à plus de 11000 km de Montréal, qui s’annonce haut en couleurs et en découvertes. La première chronique suit!... read more

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