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.
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
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!
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.
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.
Sunday September 1, 2013
Buenos Aires cuisine is dominated by beef. That's great if you love all things from a cow, but it can make it difficult if you want a little more variety in what you eat. For those of you who love fish however, 2013 saw the opening of two fabulous new restaurants giving visitors great seafood choices.
Chipper opened in March of 2013 in the Palermo Hollywood neighborhood, bringing a touch of Great Britain to Buenos Aires. One thing that makes it special is that Argentines have long had a love-hate relationship with the British ever since they brought railroads along with pubs and tea houses, forgetting fish and chips. Susan Kennedy, the owner of remedied that. Strawberry blonde with piercing green eyes and a Dublin accent, Susan calls her new restaurant, "an Irish Fish & Chips place," avoiding the often present anti-British sentiment pervading Argentina.
Wednesday August 21, 2013
Every country has a founder. For Argentina, it's General José Francisco de San Martín.
San Martin is up there with Simon Bolivar, both important liberators for South America during the wars of independence against Spain in the early part of the 1800s.
The date of his 1850 death, August 17, is celebrated as a holiday in Argentina, and one many locals use for their winter vacations. Visit any Argentine city, and you'll find a San Martin street or avenue, often a major thoroughfare. In Buenos Aires, Calle San Martin runs past Plaza de Mayo, the heart of the city. It's where you'll find Catedral Metropolitana, the city's most important religious building, and the former home cathedral of Archbishop Jorge Mario Bergoglio, now Pope Francis I.
Inside of Catedral Metropolitana, you'll find the mausoleum of General San Martin, built in a gorgeous elliptical side chapel adorned with polychrome marble and bronze and guarded by soldiers in revolutionary uniforms. A sarcophagus holds his remains, brought over in 1880 from France at the end of the Argentine Civil War. Read More...
Wednesday August 21, 2013
The Pope of the Pampas is driving tourism in Buenos Aires. All things related to Pope Francis I, formerly Buenos Aires' Archbishop Jorge Mario Bergoglio, are becoming popular for visitors and locals alike.
The City of Buenos Aires has launched a Papal Route, with plaques on various buildings including the house at Calle Membrillar 531 in the Flores neighborhood, built over the site of the original home where he was born on December 17, 1936. You'll also find explanatory placards on the sidewalk in front of many buildings and a special bus which stops at many of them.
We've been a step ahead of everyone here on the Argentina Travel site, with a detailed article on the Catedral Metropolitana, the most important place in Buenos Aires related to the new Pope. It's in the heart of the city overlooking Plaza de Mayo, making it the perfect place to begin your own Papal tour. Bergoglio served as Archbishop from this Cathedral for over ten years, overseeing Midnight Mass, Easter and many other ceremonies. A beautiful building in its own right, if you visit every chapel with their various monuments, shrines and memorials, you will better understand the New World Pope and his home country of Argentina.
(Photo © Michael Luongo)