Sunday February 23, 2014
As a writer, I love to read. And there are few places I love to read more about than Buenos Aires and Argentina. Fortunately, a wealth of books has been written on Buenos Aires, both by Argentines and foreigners fascinated by the city. Many have also been made into movies with some of your favorite stars. This month, I discuss many of my favorite in this article
, and reading these will help you learn more about the country.
We have also looked at romantic Argentina and Buenos Aires this month for Valentine's Day, with a focus on hip Palermo
and classical Recoleta
. Remember though, no matter when you visit Argentina, it's sure to be romantic!
Earlier in February, we also took a close look at Belgrano and the Chinatown area
, just in time for Chinese New Year. No matter the time of the year though, it's an exciting and underexplored part of the city.
Friday January 24, 2014
Late January and early February is certainly when things heat up in Argentina, and I mean that in all ways! It's time to think about romance and Valentine's Day. We'll have more in mid-February, but if you're thinking of coming at that time, we have a variety of new posts all about romance in Argentina. From romantic stays in Buenos Aires in Palermo
, to traveling to Mendoza
and the north of Argentina
, too. Have a look. And remember, I might be the expert on Argentina, but the real expert here at About.com on romance and honeymoons is Susan Breslow
. Make sure to visit her site
wherever you plan to travel for Valentine's.
Tuesday January 21, 2014
It's been an exciting time here at About.com Argentina Travel, with the holidays, and the hot weather in January in Buenos Aires and other parts of Argentina. Did your hotel suffer a power outage as many folks did in Argentina? Still, that's all the more reason to get out of your hotel and explore.
We have a ton of new content for your trip from a new Rolling Stones exhibit
in Centro Cultural Borges, to sidetrips to Uruguay for a long weekend, done in Part 1
and Part 2
, a guest blog by Lynn Carlton about renovating her dream apartment in Buenos Aires
, and a piece about Argentine highlights in the Museo de Bellas Artes
which will help you learn more about the history of Argentina.
Comment on the articles or send me a note. I would love to know how useful they have been for you!
Saturday December 21, 2013
It's Christmas time in the city - the city of Buenos Aires that is. One of the best ways to enjoy it is with the Catholic tradition of Midnight Mass
, called Noche Buena in Spanish. In Buenos Aires, that means heading to Catedral Metropolitana
, once the home of Archbishop Jorge Mario Bergoglio, now better known as Pope Francis
The new Archbishop is Mario Aurelio Poli, who will lead the church mass on December 24, beginning at 10:00pm, blessing the flock who come to the church, and bringing the representation of baby Jesus to the cathedral's manger and announcing Christmas to the world.
Argentina is a majority Catholic country, but there is very little in the way of ritual on view. Midnight Mass is the exception in Buenos Aires and other cities throughout Argentina. If you are here on vacation at the time, make sure to put it into your schedule. While dressing up is nice, many churches will have a come as you are policy. It's hot in Argentina in December, so don't be surprised to see locals as well as tourists in shorts and t-shorts during the ceremony.
I highly recommend coming to Midnight Mass. Photographing it over the years is how I can now personally claim to know the Pope. You never know whom you might meet at Midnight Mass in Argentina. Maybe another future Pope of the Pampas.
Also, take a look at some of the other recent postings here at Argentina Travel, Shopping Malls in Buenos Aires
, Kosher Wine and Dining in Argentina
, November is the Gayest Month in Argentina
, Jewish Cultural Sites in Buenos Aires
, and Leather Shopping in Buenos Aires
, among many others.