Buenos Aires Is Where It’s At
I know it’s St. Patrick’s day and so I’m supposed to be talking about Ireland. But let us broaden our minds. Europe is so expensive these days! So guess what is better than feeling like you’re in Europe without actually paying for it? TIme’s up. (I suspect you didn’t come up with anything.) This is reason numero uno, my friends, to visit Argentina. The capital city of Buenos Aires boast architecture that compares to the finest European cities combined with a Latin spirt that makes the place distinct. A few years ago the early adopters started to head their way to BA.
The seasons are opposite from ours making it a refreshing climate change but given that we’re on the same time zone there’s no jet-lag. Let me say that again — the feel of Europe comes without the jet-lag. Reason number two for visiting BA. Not surprisingly it has become increasingly popular. This weekend the New York Times travel section talked about one of my very favorite destiantions.
Photo by IgoUgo member Jim
The only problem with the article was that in their where to stay, what to do section they neglected to mention what I found to be some of the very best of Buenos Aires: Recoleta and the awe-inspiring hotel the Park Hyatt Palacio Duhau. Reason number 3 to visit. Seriously. It’s my favorite hotel in the entire world (at least so far!). And even if you can’t stay there, just go for tea overlooking the garden the bridge between the old and new parts of the hotel. Or have a drink or smoke a cigar in the oak bar . Or partake in a wine tasting. Don’t miss a slow exploration of every area of the hotel. Check out the art on display the careful attention to details in the restored part of the hotel, the flower boutique on view adjacent to the underground art gallery. Enter the hotel on Avenue Alvear and exit on Posados to be sure you’ve taken it all in. Then wander the shop-lined streets and famed cemetary around this barrio and enjoy the fact that while the stores aren’t cheap (it’s the equivalent of 5th or Madison Avenue in Manhattan) it’s not as costly as Paris!
Of course there are many other wonderful things to explore in BA. I’d suggest you go for yourself and discover them all.
My name: Amy is my name, but I'll answer to Ame, Ames or Aimee.
How I earn my keep: My beat is travel, but my passion is collecting stories from people I meet on the road.
Hotel I could move into: Must I pick only one?! The Palacio Duhau a Park Hyatt in Buenos Aires tops my list. For the stunning restoration of the palace and tasteful new tower that create a thoughtful intersection of old and new. Every public and private space captivates. I'd move for the grand Alvear entry as much as for the manicured garden. For the wine and cheese tastings, the dulce de leche, the art gallery, the flower shop and for all the careful attention to detail that went into creating a hotel that is transcendent. If I were to pick a hotel that most felt like me, it would be The Inn at the Manor in the Cotswolds. Oh, I could definitely live there curled up with a book in a leather chair in the bar or outside among the English wildflowers. If I wanted to live in a land far away, the Ngoro Ngoro Crater Lodge would make a unique home with a view of the crater floor from every room (including the loo!), sumptuous beds, endless roses and the most unusual neighbors - massive water buffalo who won't bother you if you stay close to your Maori guide.
If I won the lottery, I'd live in: A historic farmhouse with an enormous barn and hundreds of acres tucked into a small town in New England or a Malibu beach house with stunning views and the surf just steps away. On second thought, winning the lottery means I could jet from coast to coast and enjoy them both.
Favorite way to get around: By foot. Whether in the city or country, I find the best way to get to know someplace is ambling around to discover and sample the distinct sights, sounds, smells, and tastes a place has to offer.
View that took my breath away: Looking toward the sky in Arusha and watching black and white Colobus monkeys scramble among the treetops, jumping from one tree to the next, floating through the sky like a primate version of Superman. Monkeys know how to have a good time!
My most beloved place in the whole world is: The place I visited last. What can I say? I'm fickle.
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