Buenos Aires, it’s all about murals, art, books and wining & dining with grandeur

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"Don't cry for me Argentina"...Evita Peron said those words when she gave her famous speech from the balcony of the 'Pink House' in the city of great grandeur: Buenos Aires! And a city it is. We saw a lot of highlights allready so we wanted to explore some new things. With Martin from buenosaires-vintage.com we drove an extended vintage 2cv to some of the famous mural paintings in Buenos Aires. Argentine muralist Alfredo Segatori likes to paint buildings featuring portraits of the people who have given him permission to paint them. It features portraits of real-life workers, neighbors, pets, and even the artist’s son, Teo, with the world in his hand. We recognized an owner of a small eating spot in one of the paintings on the wall. We verified this and it was exactly the same man who has been painted giantly on one of the walls. You could imagine that a selfie with this man was a must! The mural of Frida Kahlo in Palermo Hollywood is an artwork that measures 9 metres high by 7 metres wide and depicts Frida smoking a cigarette in a classic pose. The mural took the collective of three artists: Julián Campos Segovia, Jean Paul Jesses and Juan Carlos Campos. Frida's head is made from a wooden panel attached to the wall.

Named for the chic Buenos Aires street on which it’s located, Casa Cavia is a new concept boutique that brings together a somewhat unexpected combination of local tastemakers—a florist, a chef, a perfumer, and a bookseller—under one historic roof in a gracious 1927 home that has been thoughtfully updated. Great food and wines in a beautiful setting. Have lunch in the garden or inside if you prefer. And if you want you can buy a parfum or flowers afterwards in the tiny stores inside Casa Cavia.

Speaking about flowers, Floralis Generica is a beautiful metallic sculpture that popped up in Buenos Aires back in 2002. The amazing aluminum and stainless steel art piece was created by Argentine architect Eduardo Catalono. Measuring 20 meters high Floralis Generica is the city's first mobile sculpture and is controlled by a hydraulic system and photocells. Through hydraulic mechanics and a series of photocells, the 13-meter long petals were designed to open at 8am and close during the evening each day. It is located at Plaza de las Naciones Unidas.

We visited the Malba. The Latin American Art Museum of Buenos Aires is a museum located on Figueroa Alcorta Avenue, in the Palermo section of Buenos Aires. With an impressive permanent collection and a continuous stream of new and exciting temporary exhibitions. The temporary exhibition of Yoko Ono was the one that captured our imagination ;-)! The Buenos Aires Japanese Gardens are a public space administered by the non-profit Japanese Argentine Cultural Foundation in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and are one of the largest Japanese gardens of its type in the world outside Japan. At the end of the garden you will find restaurant Möoi to have lunch after visiting the gardens. Möoi is build under a train bridge, so during your lunch you can hear and feel a train above your head. Nice to check out!

El Ateneo Grand Splendid is one of the best known bookshops in Buenos Aires. The Guardian placed it as the second most beautiful bookshop in the world. Having retained its original frescoed ceilings, ornate theater boxes, elegant rounded balconies, detailed trimmings, and plush red stage curtains, the interior of the building remains as stunning today as when it was first envisioned by architects Peró and Torres Armengol. You can buy and read books or drink a coffee on stage, where the great grandeur of early ages still exists.

Just one more thing, because otherwise you will be overloaded with to much information in one compi: If you already visited hidden restaurant Florería Atlántico...please also visit his little sister Brasero Atlántico. Family matters ;-)!

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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!

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Buenos Aires
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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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!