Don't Cry For Me Argentina/What To Do In Buenos Aires

1.  The first day in Buenos Aires, we took The City Bus tour...a guided head-set tour, where you can hop on and hop off (our group referred to it as The HoHo).  It gives you the highlights of the beautiful city, as well as, the "lay of the land."

2.  Have brunch or lunch at the Park Hyatt Palacio Duhau.

I felt a bit like royalty...

The price for brunch was reasonable too...even with all this grandeur.

 Stroll around the hotel. It's beautiful.

 3. Go for a walk past modern and historical architecture.
 Buenos Aires is such a stylish and cosmopolitan city.

When the Pope left Buenos Aires for Rome, he personally telephoned the newsstand that delivered his daily paper to tell them that he would not be needing it any more.

4.  There is an outstanding art collection at Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes...it's free!  
While I was there, a tour in English was given (1 pm Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays).

5.  Stroll through the upscale shopping mall, Patio Bullrich.
6.  We enjoyed our colorful hotel, The Brick.

7.  Visit the elaborate Recoleta Cemetery for the wealthy including politicians and celebrities like Eva Peron.  The gray, damp weather while we were there felt appropriate.  

8.  The Evita Museum, was also interesting...making it impossible for me to get the song out of my head "Don't Cry For Me Argentina..."

9.  We went to a tango show where first they gave us a dance lesson (I was pathetic...it's hard) and then we had dinner (grilled steak and Argentine Malbec) and watched the dancers...¡caliente!

Thank you, Howard, for using your airline miles for me to come along with you. 
It was a great trip!


Keeping It Real In Rio

I've always wanted to go to South America and "I'm livin' the dream" (tagging along on my husband's business trip).
First stop, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.  This was the view of Copacabana Beach from our hotel.  In our first room, our air conditioning didn't work (it's HOT here) and it was a bit of a hassle to get a better room.  But once we did, the view, fancy breakfast buffet (included) and flowers made up for it.
They speak Portuguese.  I don't, but enjoy "winging it" with Spanish, French and English mixed with sign language.  I was told to wear only costume jewelry...why take any chances?  It feels funny without my wedding ring.
  But, I have been sporting this J. Crew Factory necklace.

The first day we went to the beautiful Botonical Gardens.

And did a little shopping.  They make my favorite flip flops in Brazil.
 We took a tour to the top of Sugar Loaf and the Corcovado where the Christ the Redeemer statue sits.  
It was a rainy day but still spectacular. It seems wherever you are in the city, you see Jesus.

Unfortunately, we've already had fraudulent activity on our Mastercard.  However, Mastercard declined those charges.  But now we can't use the card.  We've only used it three places in Brazil. People we are with (who come to South America often) say this is a common occurrence for travelers.  I guess it's better to use cash but who wants to carry that around? 

Now we are in Argentina in a cool hotel with lots velvet partitions and original art.
Buenos Aires has a European and cosmopolitan flair.  I will have more interiors in my next post.

I'm not sure that Chief is missing us much while he is hanging out with Mom B (fyi, our daughter, Alie, wants to be called Alexandra now).  Glad he is feeling better though.