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Old Mar 2nd, 2007, 03:14 PM
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Just Back from BsAS

Just back from a great one week vacation in BsAs, with an overnight to Punta Del Este. Any questions, feel free to ask.
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Old Mar 2nd, 2007, 03:30 PM
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LOL you are going to have to do better than that rogfam! Trip Report, please

(Where did you stay, where did you eat, what did you do, what did you buy, did you like any one place better than another, how was the weather, did you like it? How was Punta del Este? )
Thanks! Scarlett
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Old Mar 2nd, 2007, 04:28 PM
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Okay Scarlett, here we go.....

We flew non stop on AA from JFK and arrived in BsAS on a Saturday morning. Had arranged with Veronica from Argentina Go for a driver to meet us at the airport, and he was both prompt and courteous.

Stayed at the Park Tower Hotel, which is attached to the Sheraton in the business section of the city. Great central location, plus the hotel was excellent...very personal service.

That afternoon the private guide that I had also arranged with Veronica picked us up and gave us an excellent 3 hour city tour. It really gave us a feel of the city, and allowed us to organize our week of touring. Her name is Juliana Scagliotta and I recommend her highly. [email protected]

We were so happy with are time together that we used her again for a day trip to Tigre and the Delta region. From reading these posts before I left, it would have been quite easy to do this on our own, but spending the time with a local person really added to the overall experience.

The weather when we arrived on Saturday was only in the 50's, and had to wear a sweater and a jacket. Everyone said in was the coldest day of the summer! However, the next day it was in the 70's, and by the end of the week it was near 90. However, must nights you still neede a light jacket. No rain at all.

I knew that the prices would be good due to the strong dollar, but they were even better than I thought. We ended up buying an extra suitcase to bring home what we bought.

My wife and I purchased leather coats at Bettina Rizzi, which is on Paraguay right off Florida. Had heard about this place on a post. Only have custom made leather products. Prices are great, quality is top shelf. We were in no rush, so we picked our coats up in two days; can have them made in a few hours. Wife bought pocketbooks, shoes, belts, etc. 100's of shopkeepers were happy with her visit! They were talking about putting her face on a stamp!

Food was great. Lots of steaks, but also fabulous Italian and fish restaurants.

Had Italian at Piergari in Recoleta, across from the Four Seasons. For steaks we went to Las Nazarenus across from our hotel, plus Cabana Las Lilas in Puerto Madero. Heard a lot about this being a very expensive touristy place, but we went anyway and it was great. Sat outside overlooking the water; it was a lovely evening.

Also ate at Happening in Puerto Madero and strongly recommend it. Diverse menu, from steaks, to fish, to pasta.

Also ate at one of the new chic restaurants in Palermo called Sucret. Food was good, service couldn't have been better. Place was jammed with 20 somethings; thought I was back in NYC.

We went to breakfast a few mornings at Cafe Tortoni. For $5, we were full for the day!

One day we had lunch in the Hotel Alvear in Recoleta. Most famous hotel in BsAs. Place looks like something from Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous. Ate in the bar area right off the main lobby. Very lovely.

Love the Malbec wines, best we found was Luigi Bosca D.O.C. 2003.

On the Sunday after we arrived we visited the flea market in San Telmo. Only happens on Sundays, and it was a lot of fun walking.

We did visit Evita's grave (she doesn't look at all like Madonna) at Recoleta Cementery, as well as the Evita Musuem in Palermo.

We flew to Punta for a day mid week. Only a 35 min flight, but unfortunately, the weather could have been much better. It took away from our visit. Stayed at the Conrad Resort and Casino right in the middle of town. Spoke to a number of people who also suggest to stay at the Marta Hotel. Very pretty area, only wish the weather could have been better.

So Scarlett, you thought I didn't give a damn!

Any questions, please let me know.

Glenn



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Old Mar 2nd, 2007, 04:37 PM
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That's more like it! Great report, loved your sense of humor. Thank you, Scarlett, for giving him a gentle nudge.
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Old Mar 2nd, 2007, 04:47 PM
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Forgot to mention we saw a Gaucho Marx movie..........
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Old Mar 2nd, 2007, 06:45 PM
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Ahh rogfam, you did not let me down
Thank you , this is perfect.

I now have new names to add for shopping and would that be Sucre? in Palermo?
I have made notes from your report, we will be there in early April, we will want to go to Tigre and your Veronica sounds good.
We will also need a large car to pick us up, Pup and all ~
Thank you again, it was worth waiting for
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Old Mar 2nd, 2007, 06:52 PM
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Oh, which Groucho Marx movie and where?
I look forward to going to Punta, they have a casino, the Yankee is so ready!! lol.

ciao~
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Old Mar 2nd, 2007, 08:35 PM
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Hi Rogfam, what a nice trip report! See, Scarlett does give a damn!

Scarlett, you'll love Le Tigre. Very charming. Make sure you take the boat ride and the train ride. Oh, I wanted to do it all! There are 2 separate boat rides, one is a local boat, more a taxi, and another is just a touristy deal, about an hour long. There's a nice mall at the San Isadoro stop, with a local crafts store upstairs (think touristy crafts). Just thinking about it makes me want to go back and get that bag my mom decided not to get...
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Old Mar 3rd, 2007, 02:06 AM
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Glenn...Add my congrats for an excellent trip report AND for your sense of humor!!!!

In response to the ??? Sucre is in Belgrano, but why quibble over details.

I like Happening too....if I must eat in Puerto Madero, it is one of a couple of restaurants that I enjoy.....

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Old Mar 3rd, 2007, 02:07 AM
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PS....you know a man has good taste if he likes Luigi Bosca DOC !!!! O2 was better, but 03 ranks right up there!!!!
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Old Mar 3rd, 2007, 05:04 AM
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Scarlett, I booked my guide Juliana for Tigre directly with her, not with Veronica. If you want to use Juliana, contact her directly. She is an independent guide who works with a variety of travel agents.
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Old Mar 3rd, 2007, 11:19 AM
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Gotcha rogfam!
I have finally gotten a small book that I am keeping all my lists of names and recommendations .. it got to be impossible to find anything in my growing pile of post-its etc !
Just think, in about 4-6 weeks, we will be Porteñoes!
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Old Mar 3rd, 2007, 11:22 AM
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Scarlett, is this your first trip?
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No, we were there in the fall, but we are moving to Buenos Aires
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Old Mar 3rd, 2007, 01:09 PM
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Big move, sure you have everything lined up.
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