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Nov 18, 2019 - Argentina

Our last day in South America we docked in Buenos Aires, Argentina. We had to vacate our state room by 8am, but Viking took good care of us. Since our flight was departing at 9pm, we had time to do a little sight seeing before we left. We boarded buses to go to Tigre, a small city outside Buenos Aires. There we boarded a sight seeing boat that took us through a system of rivers; we saw homes and businesses. Lots of people were swimming, jet skiing, boating; for people who live on the river there are boat businesses that bring in water,...

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Feb 26, 2019 - on the town

Every time we have come here, I have been reminded how important it is to have good government. This beautiful country has suffered greatly at the hands of incompetent, greedy and even cruel leadership. The current inflation rate of 48% makes it impossible to save. Large transactions like home purchases must be made in cash US dollars, not local peso currency. As we wander around down town, we hear a steady chorus of "cambio" from middle class looking people who want to exchange their pesos for dollars. If they can't get dollars today, they...

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Feb 25, 2019 - Buenos Aries, Argentina and the Trip Home

04 11 Feb. 24, 2019 Buenos Aries, Argentina and the Trip Home The wether continued to cloud our chances to explore - although we had done just that in Buenos Aries a few years ago with Classic Journeys. So when it rained upon our arrival to that bustling city we were not disappointed on our last full day as we enjoyed the amenities of the ship and began the process of repacking. Either our clothing expanded or something happened since Tom had to expand his suitcase! We had not purchased anything! The ship was docked in a commercial port...

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Feb 25, 2019 - arrive in Buenos Aries

There was nothing premium about Premium Economy. We were on an old plane; perhaps a new one configured for this service might have been better. It felt exactly like the old economy flights we used to take to Europe, only much longer. The immigration line was long and slow. When we got through it we were so happy to see our bags on the other side and our guide waiting. A long and tedious travel day. Once your feet are firmly planted on the ground and your luggage is in your hands, other needs begin to rise. The hotel had our rooms ready...

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Jan 8, 2019 - Evita Museum

To learn more about Eva Peron Duarte, the most famous First Lady of Argentina, I walked to the Museo Evita. The museum chronicles the life and social work of one of the most important women in the history of Argentina. Different moments of Evita's life are recreated in historical surroundings using modern museography techniques including some of her clothing and jewelry. One of her outstanding accomplishments was her work for women's suffrage. In 1948, the house, once a small family hotel, was acquired by the Maria Eva Duarte de Peron...

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Jan 7, 2019 - MALBA and Tango Show

MALBA Museo de Arte Latinoamericano de Buenos Aires Latin American Museum of Buenos Aires This museum began as the collection of Eduardo Constantine, donated and declared MALBA Museo del Arte Latino Americano de Buenos Aires in 2001. The current exhibition was 223 works by more than 200 Latin American artists of the 20th century. Among others, Xul Solar, David Siqueiros, Frida Kahlo, and Diego Rivera are represented. Besides the permanent collection, there was a Pablo Suarez (1937-2016) exhibition called Narciso Plebeyo or plebeian...

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Jan 6, 2019 - San Telmo Sunday Market

San Telmo is one of the oldest and most picturesque neighborhoods in BA with many colonial houses and manors. The Sunday market features blocks and blocks of stalls of jewelry craftsmen. Plaza Dorrego is known for its antiques market and outdoor entertainment. This is where you can find the Mafalda statue sitting on a bench a few doors from where her creator, the cartoonist Quino, used to live. Mafalda is a national favorite and icon of the comic strips in Argentina. For lunch I found empanadas at La Continental on Defensa.

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Jan 5, 2019 - Even BA Has Chinatown

After I went to the port to see Jennie and Linda off on their cruise around the Horn, I stopped at Plaza Francia in front of the Recoleta Cemetery. On weekends the plaza is filled with vendors of handicrafts, textiles, art, and silver jewelry. Next I walked to El Ateneo Grand Splendid, a classic bookstore founded in 1912, with 34 locations throughout Argentina. Although Buenos Aires has always been known for its books, there's nothing quite like the experience of stepping into the El Ateneo located in what was once the Teatro Grand...

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Jan 4, 2019 - Linda Lucht Arrives

Jennie's friend and cabinmate Linda Lucht arrived today before their cruise sails for the trip around the Horn tomorrow. We went shopping at another mall called Urban Shopping and had a lunch of pastrami and burgers. Dinner was at Till where I tried a delicious grilled fish called pacu (freshwater fish related to the pirahna) and more pasta and Malbec.

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Jan 3, 2019 - Shopping Palermo

At the top of most people’s shopping lists when they come to Argentina is leather. And for good reason. As one the world’s biggest producers of meat, Argentina has also got its fair share of top-notch leather and Buenos Aires is a leather shopping mecca. But with an overwhelming number of leather shops at your fingertips, it’s hard to know where to go to get the best hide for your money. We read that the place to shop for leather goods is on Avenida Murillo in Villa Flores. Most stores have Jewish owners and we passed a synagogue here. The...

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Jan 2, 2019 - Tigre Island Paradise

Transportation around Buenos Aires was easy to navigate after the hotel staff gave us some basic information. We took a bus to the train platform for the hourlong ride to Tigre. This charming village where Portenos go for weekends and holidays to flee the heat of the city, is on four rivers and access to many of the cottages is only by boat. We booked a water tour and met Drinda Maxwell of Hawaii and Melissa Turner from Seattle. Later they showed us the subway back to the city and we all had dinner at Desnivel, a busy traditional grill...

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Jan 1, 2019 - New Year's Day 2019

We saved the tour of Recoleta Cemetery for today when most of the shops and restaurants were closed. We hired a British guide named Simon for an in-depth walk around the famous graveyard. Among others, First Lady Eva Duarte, the legendary Evita, is buried here and hers is the most venerated shrine. However, Simon had many stories to tell as he pointed out the grave of the girl with catatonic ejpilepsy who is believed to have been buried alive. We also visited the mausoleum of a young woman buried in an avalanche in Switzerland whose tomb...

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