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Tango Shops, Dinosaur Tours and More in Argentina

Saturday May 31, 2014
The world's largest dinosaur has been discovered in Argentina. It's one more reminder that the country is full of ways to see dinosaur fossils, something we detail in this article. It's a great way to see Argentina beyond Buenos Aires, and especially ideal if you're traveling with children. We also have plenty of other articles here on About.com Argentina for you. Check out tango clothing stores, Part 1 of our look at Evita related sites with more to come soon, a five day Buenos Aires itinerary, and noteworthy Buenos Aires shopping spots to check out for their unique stores or architecture. I also have a new article on outdoor markets and another looking at various shopping districts, to give you an overview of the city of Buenos Aires before your trip. Finally, we also feature La BambaLa-Bamba-gaucho-silhouette.jpg, a great escape of rustic luxury in the countryside.

Malbec Week, Lunfardo, the Film Mia and New Walking Tours

Friday April 25, 2014
Malbec week is a highlight of April in Argentina, and we took a look at places to enjoy the events in Buenos Aires and Mendoza. If you won't be visiting during April, there is always a year round place to enjoy a glass of Malbec! Another characteristic trait of Argentina beyond Malbec is the language Lunfardo, a form of Argentine slang you hear on the streets of Buenos Aires. A new website helps you better understand this aspect of Argentina. We also looked at the film Mia, which I reviewed for a new book on Argentine film. Plus there are exciting new self-guided walking tours in Buenos Aires, looking at Avenida de Mayo and Plaza Congreso.

Walking Tours in Buenos Aires, Argentine Films and More

Sunday March 30, 2014
DIRECTORY-OF-WORLD-CINEMA_ARGENTINA.jpgWe've added several new walking tour itineraries to the About.com Argentina Travel site, and I am planning to add more as time goes on. For now, find three great tours you can do in one day or space out during your trip to Argentina. One is a walking tour of Florida Street in downtown Buenos Aires. Another looks at the Plaza San Martin area, adjacent to Calle Florida. On the other side of Nueve de Julio, I also have a walking tour of Plaza Lavalle which includes Teatro Colon, the Jewish museum and the Obelisco. I also have a new article looking at some of my favorite overlooked buildings in Buenos Aires, which are also on some of these walking tours. Many of these locations are also used as scenes in movies. I cover a new book looking at Argentine cinema called called the Directory of World Cinema: Argentina, edited by Spanish native Beatriz Urraca and American Gary M. Kramer. I contributed to the book, reviewing the film Mia, about a transgendered woman in Buenos Aires. The book looks at some of the country's most important films, and the interview with the editors also looks at how you can visit iconic Argentine sites from many of these movies.

Favorite Books on Argentina and More News

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.

January and February Heat Up the Romance in Argentina

Friday January 24, 2014
Room 14 in the Home Hotel, photo courtesy of Home HotelLate 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 and Recoleta, to traveling to Mendoza, Patagonia 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.

Rolling Stones, Uruguay Side Trips, Apartments and Assorted News

Tuesday January 21, 2014
Michael Cooper's Photos of the Rolling Stones at Centro Cultural BorgesIt'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!

It's Christmas Time: Midnight Mass in Buenos Aires and Other Cities

Saturday December 21, 2013
Archbishop Jorge Bergoglio, now Pope Francis I,holding the Baby Jesus during Midnight Mass on Christmas Eve 2010.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.

November and December Highlights of Argentina

Sunday November 24, 2013
The month of November is an excellent time to visit Argentina, with the gorgeous jacaranda trees in their purple gloried bloom. The weather is also ideal in Buenos Aires and much of Argentina before the summer season begins. Hotels will begin to fill up fast, so make sure to book your hotels. We have a lot of great listings. There is a lot of new material on the About.com Argentina Travel site. With the holidays coming up, don't forget that Chanukah is celebrated throughout Argentina by its large Jewish community. You'll find new postings on Jewish cultural sites and on kosher dining and wine. Holiday gift giving is also easy with our guide to leather shops in Buenos Aires. And we've got great advice from children's book author Ricardo Liniers on where to take your kids when traveling in Argentina.

Argentina Sweeps Conde Nast Travelers Readers Choice Awards

Thursday October 17, 2013
Argentina ranks high on the Conde Nast Travelers Readers Choice Awards for 2013. Buenos Aires itself was ranked the number one city in South and Central America.

We've got a whole article looking at the awards in detail, with several hotels in Buenos Aires and resorts in Mendoza and Bariloche figuring in the awards.

Take a look through the article and then figure if you can include some of these properties in your upcoming Argentina vacation.

Don't forget some of our other articles - a look at a new book on Evita, shopping for men's clothing in Buenos Aires, Pope tours and Catedral Metropolitana, fishy restaurants in Buenos Aires, hotels you already love and many others!

Argentinaís Hotel Fierro on the Fodorís 2013 100 Best List

Thursday October 3, 2013
Travel book publishing company Fodor's recently released its list of the Top 100 Hotels around the world. It's their third annual list and Buenos Aires' Hotel Fierro in the Palermo Hollywood neighborhood is on it. We know there are tons of great places to stay in the Argentine capital, but it is the sole Buenos Aires hotel to do so. The Fierro won in the category 'Culinary Gems.' That's no surprise considering the hotel calls itself the 'Hotel for the Gourmand' and is famous for its restaurant HG, taking its name from chef Hernan Gipponi. Fierro Hotel Dining HG Restaurant Read More...

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