We had the ‘Last Supper’ before flying home after spending a wonderful week in Buenos Aires. Eating at Milion… well…the entourage was top notch but the staff was really uninterested and dull. The ceviche, as an entree, was delicious, but the main course was disappointing. But we had fun and it was such an amazing wonderful stay in Buenos to celebrate. Nothing could spoil that for us!
Busy schedule … woke up, had breakfast and continued with a 2CV tour through Buenos Aires. Too bad it was raining but nevertheless it was a fun tour with Martin, a former catwalk model, who lived in NYC for six years. We learned that the 2CV’s Brasilian nickname is ‘la rana’l, which means the Frog. In the Netherlands we call her ‘Ugly Duckling’. La rana bravely drove through the streets of BA while we admired her in all her splendor. We stayed in a coffee shop brainstorming about our proposed project together. Then we went to the San Telmo vintage market. How cool and what a wonderful relaxed atmosphere. The two of us bought a vintage siphon, including it’s inherited story, told by a nice gentleman.
Fuerza Bruta is SENSATIONAL. YOU HAVE TO WATCH THIS!!!! Inspiring, spectacular, brutal, beautiful performers, visual explosion in all its facets…fantastic! After that great experience we talked to some of the cast and afterwards went to bar Isabel, the place to be. A very hip place but make a reservation, because otherwise you will have to stay on your feet the whole night without being allowed to sit. And don’t miss the restroom!
We had to work; a shuttle to Santiago de Chile their and back. An interruption of our holiday in Buenos Aires ;-). After work we went to the market opposite the cemetry in Recoleta. You can buy nice 100% genuine leather bags, silver rings and more handmade items. Worth a visit.
La Boca, a kind of tourist trap, but still nice to wander around. Via La Boca we went to Plazo de Mayo where we saw the tiny balcony where Evita Perron was spotted in early days. We walked along the streets and saw beautiful imposing houses and had a drink at cafe Tortoni, the oldest coffee shop in the world where we were had a glass of wine instead ;-)! We continued our way to the famous Recoleta cemetery and visited the family tomb of the Duarte’s. A beautiful cemetery.
Today we made the crossing from Argentina to Uruguay on the Colonia Express company’s boat. You have to make a reservation in advance for that boat trip! We went to the little village Colonia and we found it to be a boring place. But fortunately we discovered La Bohemia where we had a super delicious diner. Rain showers hampered us and we were bored for three hours in the terminal waiting for the boat back to Buenos Aires. A nice experience with interesting stamps in our passports but not really excited about Colonia in the end.
After a flight of thirteen-and-a-half-hours we arrived in Buenos Aires. The first time in Argentina for the both of us! We settled in to our room with connecting doors. After a short nap we went to a very nice spot. We entered a flower shop with a secret door that ends up in a great hip trendy restaurant: Floreria Atlantico. Great food, great wine and nice ambience!!! A beautiful hidden secret just behind our hotel. And a MUST to visit!
We visited the largest flea market in Europe, Braderie de Lille, which is held once a year for two days in Lille. We booked a room in the super beautiful mansion with the best spot: l’Esplanade. Just in front of the flea market. On that market you will find fantastic vintage stuff. Worth a visit! Finish your day by eating mussels at Aux Moules. At the end of each day there will be a large mountain of empty mussel shells next to the restaurant. A good indication of how many people love to eat mussels at Aux Moules!
Breakfast on Hermosa Beach followed by a photo shoot near the sea. We went to the Malibu Hills and visited Malibu café. An amazingly beautiful place. Vineyards on top of the mountains resulting in beautiful views during our trip. We drove back towards Torrance along the beautiful Pacific Coast Highway from Malibu to Santa Monica. We spent a few hours on the beach, enjoying that beautiful life we have.
Back in LA! We had a private beach party on Manhattan Beach accompanied by the French chansons of ZAZ. Moonrise followed sunset while we were dancing on the warm sand. How lucky can you be!