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Old Sep 15th, 2006, 01:11 AM
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Scarlett, avr, et.al.
Sounds like our avocation here in central Mexico.
I think we may be among the last gringos to get a relative bargain experience if the "extranjero in country" AerolineasArgentinas fare increases are any gauge.
Buen viaje.
M (SMdA, Gto.)
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Old Sep 16th, 2006, 12:55 PM
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Gentlemen!
Do you wear a tie/jacket to nicer restaurants and to the Polo matches?
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Old Sep 16th, 2006, 02:06 PM
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No ties for me.

Ok, sometimes...but nice slacks and nice shirt or sweater work in 99% of the restaurants in Buenos Aires....100% of the restaurants where I care to eat
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Old Sep 16th, 2006, 04:13 PM
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Thank you!
We will be eating in at least one or two "good" restaurants as well as more casual, then there is the Polo Match ( if we get to go ) and Colon ( if we get tickets) so he wondered.
I have informed himself, that Monday is shopping day, I have to get a watch , shoes and a bag, that will not attract thieves ( this is as good an excuse as any! lol)
Ladies...fashions in BA? Color or lots of black?
BsAs websites for shopping? BsAs websites just for looking ? I have run out of good online sites for just seeing the streets etc
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Old Sep 16th, 2006, 05:24 PM
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I think at Teatro Colon the dress code varies; I have been when virtually all men wore ties (myself included)...and other nights when the dress was much more casual. Unless you are eating at the Alvear Palace or similar, a pair of khakis and a sport shirt will work most everywhere....designer jeans are the preferred style of dress in Palermo Viejo...I have never been to a Polo match, so I cannot comment.

Prune and Skin are good brands for purses and such....I have now exhausted my knowledge of women's fashion accessories
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Old Sep 16th, 2006, 07:42 PM
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You had a very nice supply of info on womens accessories, thank you, dr dawggy ~lol~
We tend to wear black , ex NYers, and boring people that we are.
So I guess we will play it safe and wear what we usually wear to NY or Paris etc..
I do look forward to the shopping as well as the eating as well as the sights as well as the city
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Old Sep 16th, 2006, 09:15 PM
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I took the same kinds of things that I take to Europe to wear. Black and beige mostly, with a little more color than usual included. Lots of linen, t-shirts in color, sandals. I did see color there--it was summer. I thought the women in BsAs were quite fashionable, and the men you could imagine on the streets of Rome or Milan. Beautifully cut suits, shirts and ties (but they were working--more casual off work).

I can't remember my husband wearing a jacket or tie anyplace we went. However, we didn't go to the opera house, where he might have been inclined to do so. No polo matches for us so can't help there.

I've no doubt your fashion sense will take you anywhere.

We're off to Savannah and St. Augustine for 10 days. Looking forward to it. I'll look in when we get back and see how your plans are going.
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Old Sep 17th, 2006, 07:31 PM
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I just today found out that there was no confirmation of my hotel room being Non-smoking so we are waiting to find out. If it is not and there are no other rooms in the hotel, we will have to find another..sigh.

Giovanna, thank you !
We are happy the weather will be pretty warm when we arrive, much like it is now in Portland. So I sort of have an idea of what to bring, enough to get me through a day or two while I shop

Talk to you when you return
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Old Sep 17th, 2006, 09:40 PM
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Just an added few insights after returning from BA and the Salta area of Argentina last week. Two weeks ago the temperature in BA was in the low 50s in the morning with a brisk wind so it felt very much like winter. Many people had winter coats and scarves on, but we traveled mostly with wool sweaters as our jackets. It was sunny and warm last Sun. with temps probably 75 - 80 in the afternoon so spring is on the way, but the temperatures vary throughout the day. Some streets in the city don't get sun to the sidewalks because of the tall buildings so it is cool there even with the sun shining. Layers are the best way to go in the city!

If you like Italian food, I'd recommend La Parollaccia on Riobamba just off Sante Fe. It opens at 8 and is full by 9:30 with home made pastas that are excellent and very reasonable. The Le Cabona was excellent for beef, but it was also pricey compared to other meals. The wine is excellent anywhere in BA.

As far as colors on the streets, we found most women were in dark clothes with plain blouses or t shirts as compared to stripes or patterns. There were very few bright colors, but I think that would not be true in the summer. We noticed a lack of tennis shoes in the city except in the tourist areas. The men often had well tailored dark suits, but they seemed to be coming or going to work.

Also a reminder of something that I had forgotten from a former trip, and that is the $18 usd airport tax per person when flying out of Argentina. They take cash, dollars or credit card so it isn't that difficult, but it is one more line to go through at the airport.

I would suggest seeing the Malba Museum if no one else has suggested it since it has interesting exhibits of Argentine artists that change regularly. If you get to Salta, the MAM Museum is excellent if you are interested in the early Inca/Spanish history.

No matter where you go or what you do in the city, you should have a wonderful time since it is a fascinating, friendly city!
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Old Sep 17th, 2006, 10:19 PM
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Thanks so much , CollegeMom! ( I was one of those )
It is in the 70s here in Portland so I am figuring by the end of Oct, what I am wearing now will work there..We live in the city, so I will wear my City Clothes
I don't even have sneakers so that is not an issue but I do want to get some new shoes for the trip, so that means tomorrow is Shoe Shopping Day ( all the ladies know how great that is ~lol~)
I do want to go to the Malba ... my husband is very happy to know there are SO many museums to lose ourselves in, in addition to eating and drinking late into the night.
I will come home in great need of a vacation
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Old Sep 18th, 2006, 08:00 AM
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Save plenty of room on your return for the shoes and purses you will buy. I never saw such beautiful leather. Plus, on the return, get to the airport very early. We were there 3 hours ahead of time and I only had about a 20 minute wait at the gate to board by the time we got through.
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Old Sep 18th, 2006, 09:08 AM
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If you enjoy museums, don't miss the Bellas Artes..just a block or so from Plaza Francia in Recoleta. I was amazed by the sheer volume of European masters represented....I liked the Evita museum as well.....
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Old Sep 18th, 2006, 11:08 AM
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And I'll say it again, the people are so nice. I was just blown away by the service and manners. Plus, hearing them speak Spanish is such a delight because it is really different there than when you hear Spanish spoken in the US. Can you tell I loved it???
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Old Sep 18th, 2006, 12:53 PM
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Sharon, Do you have any suggestions for the best places to buy leather?

Also, does anyone know how far apart the domestic and international airports are?



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Old Sep 18th, 2006, 02:11 PM
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Best, not considering price, Casa López, in the Galerías Pacífico, on Córdoba and Florida streets.

There are MANY threads about this, both here and in other forums.

About the second question, it depends on the traffic, but, to be on the safe side, you should estimate at least an hour. It could be more, or less.
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Old Sep 18th, 2006, 02:45 PM
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Use Manuel Tienda León for transportation from the local to the international airport.
http://www.tiendaleon.com.ar/home/home.asp
Do NOT take the cabs that are waiting in line at our local airport.
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Old Sep 18th, 2006, 10:42 PM
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Sharon, I might have to ship home the bags lol..
I have heard how friendly everyone is, as well as seeing it from those who post on these boards , I am so excited.
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Old Sep 19th, 2006, 05:56 AM
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I spent most of my shopping time at Patio Bullrich where the leather was to die for! You can buy yourself a lovely leather suitcase to put everything in on the way home. Casa Lopez is wonderful. Plus they have a great Fredo there to sit and have ice cream while you contemplate your next purchase.
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Old Sep 20th, 2006, 06:04 PM
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I know someone who is staying in a hotel that is very close to Patio Bullrich...that little shopper!
Thanks for all the information..my BA file is getting larger and heavier..lol.
Shopping and ice cream, how utterly civilized
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Old Sep 23rd, 2006, 08:28 AM
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A great article from the Montreal Gazette!

http://tinyurl.com/zxbtt

And the Teatro Colon wrote that there are still tickets available.
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