SALTA

June 29th, 2013

Salta province is located in the Northwest of Argentina. It is surrounded by three countries: Chile, Paraguay and Bolivia; and by other six provinces: Jujuy, Tucuman, Chaco, Catamarca, Santiago del Estero and Formosa.

 

Salta is known as “La Linda” (The Beautiful One), because of its amazing scenery together with astonishing geographical diversity.

 

Salta’s geography encompasses the aridity of Puna in the west, as well as subtropical forests, mountains, valleys, and gorges in the northeast.

It is precisely in one of those valleys, “Valle de Lerma” (The Valley of Lerma) that the city of Salta is located.

The weather is temperate during the whole year due to its altitude, 1200 above sea.

 

The City of Salta is known for its Hispanic architecture, characterized by single-story houses as well as narrow streets, and sidewalks highlighted by the green of the surrounding hills.

 

A tour around the city will allow people to discover museums, churches and big old houses that were built during the colonial period.

 

The beautiful climate, a peaceful and relaxed life-style, and friendliness of the people turn Salta into an unforgettable and unique place.

 

HIGHTLIGTS OF THE CITY

The 9th of July Square: where Hernando de Lerma founded the City of Salta in 1582.

 

Basilica Cathedral: the building was constructed in 1858 and has an outstanding altar completely made of gold. Inside the Cathedra are situated the images of the Lord and Virgin of the Miracle, the patron of Salta, together with the mortal remains of general Guemes who was a hero of the war of independence. The place where these remains are buried is called The Pantheon of the Glories of the North.

San Francisco church Salta

SAN FRANCISCO CHURCH

 

The Historic Town Council: it was built just before the foundation of the city and houses the Historical Museum of the North.

 

San Francisco Church and Convent of San Bernardo: it is famous for the remarkable hand carved entrance hall that was built by the original natives of Salta in 1752.

 

Artisian Market: it is an impressive architectural gem where all kinds of handicraft products where offered.

 

San Bernardo’s Hill: at the foot of this hill, is situated the Monument of Guemes.

 

Calle Balcarce (Balcarce Street): this street invites you to enjoy more than 30 pubs, peñas (place where people enjoy local food and shows), restaurants and bars.

 

MAIN TOURISTICS SPOTS 

Villa de San Lorenzo

 

Dique Cabra Corral (Cabra Corral Dam): it is located at 80km (49.71 miles) from Salta city. It is the second most important lake in the country.

 

Cayafate: the most important city in the Calchaqui Valleys. Famous for its wine production and red hills.

CAFAYATE

CAFAYATE

Cachi: it is located at 157km (97.55 miles) from Salta city. In the Valleys one can find th archaeological remains of th Diaguita people, the first dwellers of the area.

 

Parque Nacional Los Cardones (Los Cardones National Park): This park shelters endangered species such as the “vicuñas” (a large South American animal from which soft wool is obtained), the “taruca” or the “huemul del norte” (kind of gray-haired deer). The park’s deserted landscape is astonishing due to its geological formations. They are full of limestone deposits, fish and dinosaur fossil remains and “cardones” (a kind of native cactus). They flower after 20 years of grow.

 

Iruya is located at 316km (196.36 miles) from Salta city. This town, as well as its neighboring ones, has an ancient origin that highlights not only its landscapes but also its cultural and historic values.

 

empanadas and tamales

GASTRONOMIC SPECIALTY

 

Empanadas: the stuff consists of hand chopped beef, hard-boiled eggs, green onions and minced potatoes.

 

Humita: made with fresh corn, fried onions, pumpkin and cheese.

 

Tamal: the first step is to mix together some corn soaked and pounded on a mortar with boiled anco. This is used as the outer layers of a sandwich filled with meat, hard-boiled egg and green onions. All of this is wrapped up in corn leaves and boiled.

 

Locro: a kind of soup with corn, beans, pumpkin, meat and pork.

 

 

From the city of Salta, the main attraction of Argentina’s Northeast is visited. The unmistakable Quebrada de Humahuaca, located in the province of Jujuy, known for its famous “Seven Colors Hill“.

 

Seven Colors Hills

 

Salta is a province with amazing natural beauties. During the day, its landscapes offer beauty and peacefulness. At night, it offers irresistible “peñas”, downtown bars and restaurants.

 

Salta is a mix of the pre-Columbian roots and Argentine history. You will be captivated by its humble people.

 

We invite you to see it and re-discover it.

COLORFUL AND WELL-IDENTIFIED SUITCASES

March 17th, 2013

Have you ever experienced the unsettling feeling that your luggage was lost? This has happened to most travelers, the thought that your red, black, grey or blue suitcase (identical to other thousands) was nowhere to be found.

 

While we wait for the conveyor belt to show us our luggage, we can’t stop worrying about the little time we have o make the connection and added to this, the concert that some distracted passenger takes our suitcase instead of his!

 

bags, travel, suitcases

Identify your bags

 

 

 

One of the first pieces of advice when traveling by plane is identifying bags and suitcases with name, country, phone number and email address. Ideally, this information should be on the outside as well as on the inside of the piece of luggage.

It is important to remember to keep the information up to date.

 

 

 

 

SOME TIPS TO TAKE INTO ACCOUNT:

 

1)      Add ribbons or colorful stickers that allow you to distinguish your suitcase.

 

2)      The stickers mustn’t be of touristic destinations because this might confuse airport staff when sorting suitcases.

 

3)      The most adventurous can stick pieces of cloth or colour their suitcases with spray. It’s creative and you add your own value to it.

 

4)      Those who decide to wrap your luggage with plastic, remember to stick some ID on top of it or maybe colorful sellotape in order to identify it, otherwise all suitcases with plastic wrapping look the same and this might confuse travelers.

 

5)      For those traveling to or from the USA, remember you must do it with a lock that is approved by TSA standards.

 

 

new bags, travel suitcases

new bags, travel suitcases

NEW TENDENCY:

 

The most popular luggage brands try to keep updated. The trend is now lighter suitcases, with more wheels, size adapted to carry on locker, for women, for laptops, for long or short trips.

 

Remember to buy colorful suitcases and to personalize your luggage, not only to be trendy but also to make sure you can identify your luggage without problems.

Argentina Tours | El Calafate, Wonder Of The World

February 25th, 2013
Panoramic view, Calafate, Argentina

¨Panoramic view, Calafate, Argentina

Among steppe fields and massive glaciers, on the shores of the Argentino Lake and the foot of the Cerro Calafate, lies the charming tourist town of El Calafate. It is a city known around the world for its proximity to the Glacier National Park, just 80 kilometers, created in 1937 to preserve this unique ecosystem in the world where rapid rivers, cold lakes and recognized hills (El Chalten, for example) make a landscape of great value. This heavenly spot was declared World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1981.

 

El Calafate, also known as the Glacier National Capital, offers a number of museums and experiences directly linked to these magnanimous frozen structures (with the Perito Moreno Glacier as the star) that are part of what is known as “ice fields” in the mountainous southern tip of our continent.

 

Catamaran, Calafate, Argentina

Catamaran, Calafate, Argentina

The adventure of traveling the icy waters of the southern shore of the Argentino Lake is renewed aboard the unique cruises that offer the possibility of sleeping inside the national park, and enjoying the tranquility of this natural environment.

 

With ice walls of about 60 meters high (216.5 ft) on average, the Upsala and Perito Moreno Glaciers are two of the main attractions of the region, as well as the Spegazzini with an area of 66 km2 (7.1042+ft2) and a front to up 135 meters (442.9 ft), the highest in the park.

 

Catamaran, Calafate, Argentina

Catamaran, Calafate, Argentina

 

 

 

The ride known as “The Spirit of the Glaciers” has ports in different strategic locations of each place in order to observe closely the flora and fauna that inhabit the lake, and allows you to learn a little more about the evolution and importance of these impressive ice walls.

 

 

 

 

 

DO YOU KNOW ABOUT THE GLACIARUM AND GLACIOBAR?

 

Glaciarum, the Museum of Patagonian Ice, which is located 6 kilometers from El Calafate shows the amazing sound of the Perito Moreno landslides.

 

These are some of the proposals in the museum, which is equipped with the latest technology dedicated to exploring and revealing scientific facts while caring for the glaciers.

GlacioBar, Calafate
Glacio Bar

The GlacioBar is one of the most-visited attractions of the Glaciarium Museum. For its constant temperature of 10°C below zero (14°F), it is only permitted to remain in the bar for 25 minutes.

 

 

HOW TO GET THERE?

From Buenos Aires: 4 flights a day departing from Ezeiza International Airport and Jorge Newbery Metropolitan Airport

Sightseeing Buenos Aires | Inmortal Buenos Aires

February 2nd, 2013

Buenos Aires in fifty years” tours different corners and aspects of the city through the eyes of the photographer Aldo Sessa.

Inmortal Buenos Aires

Buenos Aires art

 

This exhibit is located on the second and third floors of the Amalia Lacroze de Fortabat Art Collection, in Puerto Madero neighbourghood. The exhibition shows a series of 130 photographs, most of them never before published, curated by the German Michael Nungesser, specialist in Latin American art.

 

Buenos Aires art

Buenos Aires art

 

 

In these photographs, Sessa has tried to capture the essence of the Argentine capital: tango, the Obelisk, the Botanic Garden, the woods, La Boca and street football. All emblematic  throughout the years.

The exhibition is presented for the first time in Buenos Aires and will be open until March 19th, 2013.

Then it will tour different cities in America and Europe.

 

 

 

 

Aldo Sessa

Aldo Sessa photographer

 

Who is Aldo Sessa?

He is an Argentine artist, born in 1939 in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
He started his artistic carreer in the workshop  “De Ridder” when he was 10 years old. He then specialized in graphic arts, audio visualism and photography.

 

Aldo Sessa´s Works are shown in prestigious national and international museums.

Among them,  el Museo de Arte Moderno de Buenos Aires, Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Chile, Withney Museum of American Art de N. Y., The Museum of Fine Arts de Houston, The Norton Museum of Art de Palm Beach, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Victoria & Albert Museum de Londres, The National Portrait Gallery in Londres and important private collections.

Since 1952 until today,  Sessa participated in more than 200 exhibitions, published more than 40 books and his work take part in international auctions at  Sotheby´s N.Y. and  WestLicht Museum in Vienna.

 

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Time Out Buenos Aires – Gay Friendly

January 8th, 2013
gay friendly

buenoa aires gay tours

In the city of Buenos Aires being Gay Friendly is positive. Tourism oriented to this segment is rising in the capital of the country which recently passed the law allowing people of the same gender to get married.

 

Hotels, shops, bars and guides are offered for visitors or residents of the gay community. In December 2011, the first cruise exclusively for homosexuals set sail from BA port.

 

The segment LGBT (Lesbians, Gay, Bisexual and Transvestite) attracts a big number of tourists. According to official numbers, between 15 and 20% of visitors to Buenos Aires belong to this group. Numbers from the Entity of Porteño Tourism, which is a member of the international Gay and Lesbian travel association since last year, point out that the mayority comes from the USA, Brazil, Germany and Spain.

 

They spend about 200 US dollars per day and stay for an average of 12 days. Seventy per cent stay on Porteño soil since it offers a big variety of artistic activities.

 

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gay friendly

There are some special corners in BA, like in Palermo which was listed as one of the highlighted gay friendly neighbourhoods in the world in 2009. More than 3 years ago, the famous hotel chain Axel set foot in San Telmo area.

 

The city acknowledges that is has become more popular as a destination since the civil union in 2002 and the latest approval of gay marriage law. The key is to make them feel as what they are, the same as any other guest.

A large portion of this market belongs to the highest level of consumers. LGBT market is very diverse because they can be looking for any type of activity from nightlife and beaches to cultural activities.

 

In 2006, the International Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce was created in Hamburg. It represents 55 million consumers and it currently has 15 countries as members, Argentina, Brazil, Mexico, The USA, Canada, France, Germany, Spain and The UK among them.

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What to do in Buenos Aires | Gay Friendly

January 8th, 2013
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gay friendly

En la ciudad de Buenos Aires, ser gay friendly es positivo. El turismo orientado a este segmento está en ascenso en la capital del país donde recientemente se convirtió en ley el matrimonio entre dos personas del mismo sexo.

Hoteles, comercios, bares, guías la oferta para los visitantes -o residentes- de la comunidad gay va creciendo. En diciembre de 2011 zarpó desde el puerto de Buenos Aires el primer crucero para homosexuales.
El segmento LGBT (Lesbianas, Gays, Bisexuales y Trans) atrae un importante caudal de turistas a la ciudad. Según cifras oficiales, entre el 15 y 20% del total de visitantes del exterior pertenecen a este grupo.
Los cálculos del Ente de Turismo porteño -miembro de la International Gay & Lesbian Travel Association desde el año pasado-, señalan que la mayoría proviene de los Estados Unidos, Brasil, Alemania y España y gastan unos 200 dólares diarios, con una estadía de 12 días, en promedio. Un 70% permanece sólo en suelo porteño, atraído por la diversidad de actividades, en especial artísticas, que ofrece el lugar.

 

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Gay Tours

Buenos Aires tiene rincones especiales como Palermo, que figuró en 2009 entre los barrios gay friendly más destacados del mundo. En San Telmo, hizo pie hace más de tres años la reconocida cadena hotelera Axel.

En la ciudad, no dudan del envión que brindó el reconocimiento de la unión civil en 2002 y la reciente aprobación de la ley de matrimonio igualitario para el posicionamiento del destino.
La clave es hacerlos sentir como lo que son: iguales a cualquier otro huésped.

Buena parte del público foráneo, pertenece al estrato más alto de los consumidores. El mercado LGBT es extremadamente diverso, ya que los turistas pueden estar buscando todo tipo de actividades, desde vida nocturna y playas, hasta actividades culturales.

En 2006, se creó en Hamburgo la cámara de comercio internacional del segmento (International Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce).
Actualmente tiene como miembros a 15 países entre los que se encuentra la Argentina, Brasil, México, Estados Unidos, Canadá, Francia, Alemania, España y el Reino Unido. Esa entidad representa a unos 55 millones de consumidores.

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Que Hacer en Buenos Aires | El Mate

October 30th, 2012
mate

Mate, Argentina

 

Que sería de Buenos Aires sin vivir la experiencia de tomar un buen mate? Alguna vez probó tomar mate? Le explicamos cómo sería!

 

Originalmente, el mate era considerado una típica tradición de los Gauchos, termino comúnmente usado para describir a los residentes de las Pampas de América del Sur, especialmente a La Pampa Argentina.

 

El mate es una práctica social y se prepara con pequeñas hojas secas de hierba, llamada “yerba mate” y agua caliente. El mate es servido con una bombilla de metal y la yerba mate se coloca en una calabaza hueca de tamaño pequeño. Este último recipiente, lleva también el nombre de mate. A pesar que actualmente el agua usada para la preparación del mate se coloque en termos, la infusión original es en pavas. El agua para el mate, nunca debe hervir.  Este hábito social se desarrolla por años y es una de las características típicas de Argentina.

 

mate moderno

Set de mate moderno

La bombilla tradicional es de plata y el mate es de calabaza ahuecada. Actualmente, se comercializan diferentes tipos de bombillas, tales como de alpaca, acero, caña y los mates modernos pueden ser de vidrio, porcelana, madera o caña.

 

Los misteriosos códigos del mate

 

¿Sabes que significa si cuando compartís el mate con otra persona está…?

 

Frio: desprecio

Lavado (sin gusto): desgano

Hervido (muy caliente): envidia

Cebado por la bombilla (se calienta el metal): odio

Servirlo al de la izquierda: falta de respeto

Con ruda: matecito para el amor

Bombilla trancada (no se puede tomar): enamorado

Con espuma: aprecio

Primer mate: mate para el tonto. El primer mate siempre lo toma el cebador

Amargo: lealtad y franqueza

Gracias: es la palabra indicadora de que se ha satisfecho el deseo de tomar mate, pero al mismo tiempo refleja el reconocimiento del matero hacia el cebador por eso nunca debe decirse simplemente “no quiero más“!

reunion de amigos, mate

reunion de amigos tomando mate

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What to do in Buenos Aires – Mate

October 30th, 2012
the mate

the mate, Argentina

What would Buenos Aires be without the experience of drinking a good mate? Have you ever tried the mate?  Let us explain it for you!

At the beginning the mate was considered to be a tradition typical of the “Gauchos”, term commonly used to describe residents of the South American Pampas, found principally in Argentina.

 

The mate is a common social practice and is prepared from steeping dried leaves of  “yerba mate” (herb) in hot water.

 

Mate is served with a metal straw from a shared hollow calabash gourd. The straw is called a bombilla and the gourd is known as a mate itself. Even if the water comes in a very modern thermos, the infusion is traditionally drunk from kettle. However, “tea-bag” type infusions of mate (knowns as mate cocido) have been on the market in Argentina for many years.

 

mate, buenos aires, argentina

set de mate moderno

 

 

 

* Characteristics

The straw is traditionally made of silver and the gourd is a hollow calabash gourd.

 

Modern commercially available straws are typically made of nikel silver, called Alpaca, stainless steel and the modern gourd are made of glass, porcelain, wood or cane.

 

 

 

 

 

The misterious mate code

 

Do you know what does it mean if the mate you shared is …. ?

 

Cold:  Look down on, snub, slight

Mate-pumping (without any taste):  appathy, indifference

Boil: envy, jealousy

Brew from the straw: hate

Brew from the left side: lack of respect

With “leaves of ruda plant”: love, fall in love with

Stuck straw: fall in love with

With bubbles: charm, cuddie

First mate: to the silly, fool (the first mate is always for the person who is in charge of brewing)

Bitter: royalty, faithfulness and frankness

… and remember, when you say “thanks” means that you are pleased, satisfied and don’t want to continue drinking mate.

We kindly suggest you to bear this key word in mind instead of  saying “it’s enough”!

 

amigos, mate

reunion de amigos, tomando mate

 

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Buenos Aires alberga el primer Museo Beatle de América Latina

October 23rd, 2012
Cavern Club Buenos

Paseo La Plaza The Beatles

 

Pelucas, botas, cartas y hasta condones con la imagen de John y Yoko, integran una colección de 2.500 objetos sobre la vida y discografía de los Beatles que se exhibe en Buenos Aires, meca mundial del tango, en el primer museo de América Latina dedicado a los ‘Cuatro de Liverpool’.

La colección, aunque desprovista de objetos personales o instrumentos que hayan pertenecido a los Beatles, logró miles de visitantes en pocas semanas de su apertura en un centro cultural a metros del Obelisco, sobre la céntrica Av. Corrientes, en un territorio que alguna vez fue tanguero.

 

El coleccionista Rodolfo Vázquez hace diez años que ingresó al libro Guinness de los récords por poseer la mayor ‘memorabilia’ Beatles del mundo, con más de 8.500 piezas. Menos de un tercio de su colección privada se exhibe en la muestra que será permanente y renovará su contenido cada año “para mantener viva la llama Beatles”, según su mentor.

 

Cavern Club Buenos Aires

Museo Beatle en Argentina

 

En las vitrinas, se mezclan como en botica autógrafos, fotografías, pelucas, miniaturas de los ‘Cuatro Fabulosos’, porcelanas con sus rostros, partituras y las tapas de sus primeros discos.

Sobre una pared pende para el asombro de fans, la colección completa de los primeros discos lanzada en los años 60 en Estados Unidos por el sello Vee-Jay Records, cuando el frenesí por la banda integrada por John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison y Ringo Starr cruzó el Atlántico y estremeció a toda América.

 

 

 

 

Museo Beatle en Latinoamerica

Paseo La Plaza The Beatles

También hay piezas ‘históricas’ como uno de los 5.000 ladrillos subastados tras la demolición en 1983 del mítico club The Cavern, donde el grupo saltó a la fama en 1961, en  Liverpool. O una baldosa de ‘Strawberry Fields’, el orfelinato que inspiró la canción de Lennon editada en 1967 en un legendario simple junto a ‘Penny Lane’, y hasta un trozo del escenario del ‘Star Club’ de Hamburgo, Alemania, donde la banda dio sus primeros recitales, todavía con Pete Best como baterista.

 

Para los que hurgan por detalles más personales, el museo exhibe una carta de ‘Mimí’ Smith, la tía de Lennon donde se refiere a su sobrino cuando era niño y otra de Luisa, la hermana de Harrison, en la que alude a una presentación del grupo en el Paladium de Londres.

 

Paseo La Plaza The Beatles

The Beatles Story en Liverpool

 

 

“Para un coleccionista todos los objetos son importantes, pero en la muestra la pieza más valiosa para mí es un autógrafo de Lennon de 1972″, dice Vázquez.

 

El coleccionista es además propietario de The Cavern Argentina, un bar contiguo al museo inspirado en el legendario pub inglés y que organiza desde 2001 la llamada ‘Semana Beatle’, donde bandas de toda América latina que emulan a los músicos compiten por un viaje para tocar en el club de Liverpool. Cada año se presentan medio centenar de fanaticos.

 

 

 

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Buenos Aires is home to the first Beatle Museum in LATAM

October 23rd, 2012
The Beatles

The Beatles Museum, Buenos Aires, Argentina

Wigs, boots, cards and even condoms with John and Yoko´s image are part of a 2500 object collection about the life and discography of The Beatles that is exhibited in Buenos Aires, home to Tango, in the first Latin America Museum dedicated to “the 4 of Liverpool”.

Despite its lack of personal objects or instruments which had belonged to The Beatles, it made millions of visitors in the few weeks since its opening a few meters from the Obelisk on the central Corrientes Avenue.

 

Rodolfo Vazquez, a collector who entered the Guinness book of records then years ago, has the biggest Beatle “memorabilia” of the world with more than 8.500 pieces. Less than a third of his private collection is exhibited at the museum and he will renew the content every year “to keep the Beatle flame alive”, he said.

 

Beatle Museum, Buenos Aires

Beatle Museum, Buenos Aires, Argentina

 

 

 

In the glass cabinets, you can see autographs, pictures, wigs, pieces of porcelain with “The Wonder Four” faces, music scores and the covers of their first albums. To the amazement of the fans, there is a wall where you can see the collection of the first albums from the 60s by Vee-Jay Records, when the frenzy by the band with John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr crossed the Atlantic and reached America.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Museo Beatle en Argentina

Cavern Club Buenos Aires

There are also historical pieces, like one of the 5000 bricks were auctioned after the demolition of “The Cavern” club in 1983, place where the bank became famous in 1961 in Liverpool.

Or a floor tile from “Strawberry Fields” the orphanage which inspired Lennon´s song in 1967, and even a piece of the stage from “Star Club” in Hamburg, Germany where the bank gave its first concerts with Pete Best as drummer.

 

For those seeking for more personal details, the museum exhibits a letter from “Mimi” Smith, John Lennon´s aunt where she talks about her nephew as a young boy and another one from Luisa Harrison´s sister which refers to a presentation by the group in London´s Paladium.

 

 

 

Cavern Club Buenos Aires

John Lennon | Museo Beatle en Argentina

 

“All objects are important for a collector, but for me the most important and valuable piece is John Lennon´s autographed from 1972”, Vazquez says.

 

The collector is also the owner of The Cavern Argentina, a bar next to the museum inspired in the legendary English pub and since 2001, it organizes “the Beatle week” where bands from Latin America compete for a trip to play in the club in Liverpool. Each year 500 fans who emulate the band participate in this competition.

 

 

 

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Buenos Aires Tours | El Puente de la Mujer

October 16th, 2012
Puerto Madero barrio

Puerto Madero, Buenos Aires, Argentina

El Puente de la Mujer es una increíble obra de la arquitectura moderna, situado en el barrio más moderno de la Ciudad de Buenos Aires, llamado “Puerto Madero”.

Este barrio – en la década del ´30 -  formaba parte activa del gran desarrollo portuario de la ciudad; en donde no solo ingresaban barcos argentinos, que transportaban materia prima de otras provincias; sino también barcos europeos de gran envergadura. Por ese entonces, Argentina era proveedora de granos, tales como maíz, trigo, avena y arroz.

 

 

Puente de la Mujer

Puente de la Mujer, Buenos Aires

El Puente de la Mujer, es un puente peatonal de 170m de largo y 6,20m de ancho. Su estructura cuenta con 3 partes en total, de las cuales 2 son fijas y 1 móvil que es de mayor tamaño, con una gran amplitud de giro que permite el paso de los yatchs y catamaranes.

 

 

Este puente fue inaugurado el 20 de diciembre de 2001 y es uno de los atractivos turísticos de la zona, tanto para argentinos como para extranjeros, por su imponente belleza. Por las noches, está iluminadO de tal manera que cautiva la atención de los visitantes.

 

 

 

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Time Out Buenos Aires | Woman´s Bridge

October 16th, 2012
Puerto Madero neighbourhood

Puerto Madero neighborhood, Buenos Aires

El Puente de la Mujer (Woman’s Bridge) is an incredible work of modern architecture, located in the most modern neighborhood in the city of Buenos Aires, Puerto Madero.

This neighborhood was an active part of port development in the city. There were not only Argentine ships transporting raw materials to other provinces, but also huge and important European ships.

Back then, Argentina was supplier of grain, such as wheat, corn, barley and rice.

 

Woman´s Bridge

Woman´s Bridge, Buenos Aires, Argentina

 

 

El Puente de la Mujer is a pedestrian bridge; it is 170m long and 6,20m wide. Its structure consists of 3 parts, 2 of which are fixed and 1 movable which is the biggest in size. It opens to allow yatchs and boats through.

 

This bridge was opened on December 20th 2001 and it is one of the most attractive touristic spots in the city not only for tourists but also for locals. At night, it is lit in such a way that captivates its visitor’s attention.

 

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October 10th, 2012
Museo de Arte Decorativo, Buenos Aires

Museo de Arte Decorativo, Buenos Aires

A principios de Septiembre visite el Museo de Arte Decorativo, en la Ciudad de Buenos Aires.

 

 

“Meraviglie dalle Marche, 600 años de pintura italiana”, fue el nombre de tan impactante muestra en donde se exhibieron 42 maravillosas piezas, de diversos pintores que lograron transportarme a los distintos siglos y mostrando desde el arte renacentista del 1300 hasta el neoclasicismo del siglo XX del “viejo continente”.

 

Estas mismas obras fueron expuestas en Abril y Mayo de 2012 en El Vaticano y provienen de museos y pinacotecas de la región de La Marcha (Le Marche), Italia.

La temática consistió en mostrar los distintos aspectos de la iconografía religiosa italiana, basadas en escenas de la vida de la Virgen.

 

Una de las obras que mas me impactó, fue “Santa Catalina de Alejandría” 1500-1513, tal vez porque era la única pieza en Buenos Aires, perteneciente a Rafael.

Santa Catalina de Alejandria

Santa Catalina de Alejandria de Rafael

Santa Catalina de Alejandria

Patina de marmol, Rafael

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Esta bella pátina marmolada  de tan solo 39x15cm, mostraba a la Santa María Magdalena que se completaba con la imagen de la Virgen en el panel central. Y lo más sorprendente, es que en el reverso de la imagen, hay una inusual inscripción. Esta pequeña tabla fue hecha durante el ultimo periodo de Rafael, cuando realizaba piezas pequeñas para las colecciones ducales.

 

Esta exposición exhibió obras de Luca Giordano, Carlo Maratta, Giovanni Barbieri, Giovanni Francisco Guerrieri, Joseph Heintz, Rubens, Adolfo de Carolis; entre otros.

 

Virgen Orante o Madre Dolorosa

Virgen Orante o Madre Dolorosa

La gran figura de presentación para esta muestra fue la imagen de la “Virgen Orante” comúnmente conocida como “Mater Dolorosa”, realizada por Giovanni Battista Salvi en el siglo XVII. Esta impactante imagen logró cautivarme,  pero no por la dimensión de su tamaño -48x38cm- sino por lo que me trasmitió la mirada de la Virgen.

 

Todo aquello que puede transmitir una obra de arte, no se puede aprender. Claramente una base teórica es importante, pero solo hay que permitir que la emoción cautive nuestra atención y fundamentalmente, llegue al corazón.

 

 

 

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Argentina Travel | ITALIAN ART IN ARGENTINA

October 10th, 2012

The first days in September, I visited the Museo de Arte Decorativo (Museum of Decorative Art) in the city of Buenos Aires.

Museum

Museum of Decorative Art, Argentina

 

 

“Meraviglie dalle Marche, 600 years of Italian painting” was the name given to this shocking exhibit where 42 marvelous pieces by different artists were shown. They managed to transport me to different centuries showing from the remissance art of 1300 until neoclassicism of the XX century from “the old continent”.

 

These same pieces were exposed in April and May 2012 in The Vatican and they come from museums from the region of La Marcha (Le Marche) in Italy. The theme was to show different aspects of Italian religious icons, based on pictures which show The Virgin´s life.

 

One of the most shocking pieces was “Santa Catalina de Alejandría” (1500-1513), this might be because it was the only piece in Buenos Aires which belonged to Rafael.

 

Santa Catalina de Alejandria

Santa Catalina de Alejandria by Rafael, Buenos Aires

 

This beautiful marble patina is only 39x15cm and it shows St Mary Magdalene blending with the image of the Virgin on the main frame. The most surprising is that on the reverse, there is a unusual inscription. This small board was made during Rafael´s last period, when he made small pieces for ducal collections.

marble patina

marble patina, Rafael

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This exhibit showed pieces by Luca Giordano, Carlo Maratta, Giovanni Barbieri, Giovanni Francisco Guerrieri, Joseph Heintz, Rubens and Adolfo de Carolis among others.

 

 

Praying Virgin - Mater Dolorosa

Praying Virgin or Mater Dolorosa

The great presentation card for this exhibit was the image of the “Praying Virgin” usually known as “Mater Dolorosa”, done by Giovanni Battista Salvi on the XVII century. This stunning image amazed me, not by its size 48x38cm but by the look on the Virgin´s eyes.

 

There are many thins a work of art can transmit, that you can´t learn. Clearly a theoretical background is important but we just have to let the emotion captivate our attention and reach our hearts.

 

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Union de Sabores

October 4th, 2012

Sin duda alguna, los niveles de exigencia también han llegado al mundo gastronómico. Especialmente en países como Argentina, en donde tenemos la oportunidad de ser reconocidos en todo el mundo por la altísima calidad de nuestra uva.

Mendoza, Argentina

Mendoza, Argentina

 

Esta nueva cultura que se profundiza tanto en el mundo gourmet como en el universo de los vinos, nos ha llevado a conocer el secreto del “maridaje”, tecnicismo que significa “unirse” o “casarse” y hace referencia a la elección del vino mas adecuado con la comida elegida.

 

A modo de guía, ofrecemos algunas pautas sencillas que ayudaran al momento de combinar el vino con los platos del menú.

 

vino blanco, Argentina

vino blanco Chardonnay

VINOS BLANCOS

Asado y empanadas

Un vino blanco torrontes es adecuado para el asado argentino

 

Pollo marinado con limon

Nada mejor que un vino blanco Chardonnay, especialmente si el pollo se condimenta con jugo de  limón y hierbas aromáticas.

 

Pasta

La pasta es un plato muy versátil que se acompaña muy bien con vinos blancos. Cuando comemos un plato de pasta al pesto o con pescados y mariscos, elegimos un vino blanco.

 

 

VINOS TINTOS

carne roja, Argentina

carne roja con vino Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Malbec o Merlot.

Carnes rojas

El vino tinto es apropiado para acompañar comidas contundentes como carnes rojas fuertes o de caza. Los sabores sugeridos para acompañar las carnes rojas son Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Malbec y Merlot.

En cuanto a la carne de cerdo, lo ideal seria combinarlo con Merlot y Pinot Noir.

 

Pollo

Si esta preparado con vegetales, les sugerimos un vino tinto suave.

 

 

VINOS ROSADOS

Pasta con oliva

Si la pasta lleva solo muzzarella, orégano y aceite de oliva, un vino rosado es ideal.

 

Pollo

El pollo es una carne neutra y combina con diferentes tipos de vino. Razón por la cual, también se puede acompañar con un vino rosado.

 

Postres con crema

Los vinos dulces acompañan los postres a base de frutas o nueces, mientras que los postres con masas y cremas combinan con rosados, semi-secos, espumantes y champagne.

 

 

vino blanco, rosado y tinto, Argentina

vino blanco, rosado y tinto, Argentina

Un detalle  a tener en cuenta. A que temperatura debemos tomar cada una de estas variedades de vinos?

 

Los vinos blancos, de 7 a 10C, los vinos tintos entre 16 y 18C y por ultimo, los vinos rosados. Idealmente, entre 6 y 8C.

 

Buon appetit!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Sightseeing Buenos Aires | Tastes Blending

October 4th, 2012

Without a shadow of a doubt, the high level of demand has also reached the gastronomic world, especially in countries like Argentina where we have the chance to be well known around the world because of the high quality of our grapes.

 

grapes mendoza argentina

Mendoza, Argentina

This new culture deepens not only in the gourmet world but also in the wine industry, which has taken us to know the secret within “maridaje”, a tecnical word which means “to join” or “marriage” and it makes reference to the best wine choice according to the selected food.

 

As a reference, we offer some simple guidelines which will help you combine the wine with the food on the menu.

 

Torrontes and White Chardonnay

Torrontes & White Chardonnay

 

WHITE WINE

  • A white, fruity wine (Torrontés) is the right Choice for an Argentina barbacue.
  • Chicken marinated with lemon: there is nothing better than a White Chardonnay to go with this dish, especially if the chiken is seasoned with lemon and herbes.
  • Pasta is a versatile dish that goes very well with white wine. When we eat pasta with pesto sauce or with sea food we choose white wine.

 

 

 

red wine

red meat with Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Malbec or Merlot.

 

RED WINE

  • It is appropriate to go with heavy food, such as strong red meat. The suggested flavours for this type of meat are Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Malbec and Merlot.
  • As regards pork meat, it is ideal to combine it with con Merlot and Pinot Noir.
  • Chicken: it it is prepared with vegetables, we suggest a delicate red wine.

 

 

ROSE WINE

  • If the pasta is only prepared with muzzarella cheese, oregano and olive oil the rose wine is its ideal companion.
  • Chicken is neutral meat and it can be combined with different types of wine. For this reason, it can also be appropiate to go with rose wine.
  • Sweet varieties of wine go with desserts which contain fruit or nuts. However, desserts with pastries and cream are better with rose, dry, sparkling wine and champagne.

 

white, rose and red argentine wine

white, rose and red argentine wine

 

It is important to keep in mind the aprópiate temperature in which these types of wine taste better.

 

White wines from 7 to 10 ºC; red wines from 16 to 18 ºC and finally rose wine from 6 to 8 ºC.

 

Buon appetit!

 

 

 

 

 

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The Iguazu Falls were distinguished by TripAdvisor users

September 25th, 2012

This well-known website granted the Iguazu Falls the highest possible socre for a touristic spot based on its quality standards.

TripAdvisor

TripAdvisor travel network

 

The Iguazu National Park was included in the exclusive club of top destinations.

According to TripAdvisor, this distinction “represents the review from travelers around the world who were in the Argentine park. They are recommending and giving a score to the Iguazu Falls as one of the best places to visit, granting the highest mark: Excellent“.

Iguazu Falls, Argentina

Iguazu Falls, Argentina

 

 

The Devil´s Throat and walks under the Full Moon Tour were considered as unique in the world landscapes.

Full Moon tour

Full Moon tour, Iguazu Falls, Argentina

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

TripAdvisor is the largest travel network in the world, with 50 million visitors each month, more than 60 million reviews and comments, in addition to being used by tourists from around the world to plan their holidays.

 

 

 

 

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Las Cataratas del Iguazu fueron distinguidas por usuarios de TripAdvisor

September 25th, 2012

El reconocido sitio de turismo, otorgó a las Cataratas del Iguazu el maximo puntaje posible para un destino turistico, basado en sus estandares de calidad.TripAdvisor

 

El Parque Nacional Iguazu fue incluido en el exclusivo club de los destinos de excelencia.

Segun TripAdvisor, la distincion “representa la critica de los viajeros de todas partes del mundo que estuvieron en el Parque argentino y estan recomendando y puntuando a las Cataratas del Iguazu como uno de los mejores lugares para visitar, poniendo el puntaje mas alto: Excelente”.

 

En ese sentido, la Garganta del Diablo y los Paseos de Luna Llena fueron considerados como “espectaculos unicos en el mundo”.

Full Moon tour

Paseos de Luna Llena, Cataratas del Iguazu, Argentina

Iguazu Falls

Cataratas del Iguazu, Argentina

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

TripAdvisor es la red de viajes mas grande del mundo con 50 millones de visitantes mensuales, mas de 60 millones de opiniones y comentarios y es utilizado por turistas de todo el planeta a la hora de planificar sus vacaciones.

 

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Argentina y la Ciencia

August 22nd, 2012

El 24 de marzo de 1925, la ciudad de Buenos Aires recibe – por invitación de la Universidad de Buenos Aires y la Sociedad Hebraica (perteneciente a la comunidad judía en la Argentina) – a una de las mentes más brillantes de todos los tiempos: Albert Einstein.

 

Albert Einstein en Argentina

Albert Einstein en Argentina

El científico alemán, estuvo alojado en el Palacio de la Familia Wasserman, en el barrio de Belgrano. Durante sus 30 días de visita a Buenos Aires, realizó diferentes tipos de conferencias y capacitaciones, en donde exponía la “Teoría de la Relatividad”.

 

Un orgullo para todos los argentinos y fundamentalmente para los científicos de aquel entonces.

 

 

 

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Buenos Aires Tours | Argentina and Science

August 22nd, 2012

On March 24th 1925, the city of Buenos Aires welcomed one of the most brilliant minds of all times: Albert Einstein. He was invited by the University of  BA and Hebrew Society (Jewish Community in Argentina).

 

tours sightseeing buenos aires argentina

Einstein in Argentina

The German scientist stayed at the Palace belonging to the Wasserman family in the neighborhood of Belgrano. During his 30 days in BA, he gave conferences and training courses on his “Theory of Relativity”.

 

It was a great pride to have him in our city, especially for scientists back then.

 

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