BuenosAires54.com http://www.buenosaires54.com/blogen City Tours, Airport Transfers, Football Tickets, Tango Shows, Ranch Tours Fri, 23 Jun 2017 01:31:27 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.7.5 Cheap Flights London Buenos Aires http://www.buenosaires54.com/blogen/2017/06/cheap-flights-london-buenos-aires-low-cost-airlines/ Fri, 23 Jun 2017 01:31:27 +0000 http://www.buenosaires54.com/blogen/?p=4136 Cheap Flights London Buenos Aires: Buenos Aires is the latest destination to join the ever-growing list of long-haul cities available to Britons travelling on a budget. The Argentinian capital will be on the end of a new 13-hour route from London Gatwick, courtesy of low-cost airline Norwegian, with flights commencing from February next year – […]

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Cheap Flights London Buenos Aires: Buenos Aires is the latest destination to join the ever-growing list of long-haul cities available to Britons travelling on a budget.

Cheap Flights London Buenos Aires with Norwegian

Cheap Flights London Buenos Aires with Norwegian

The Argentinian capital will be on the end of a new 13-hour route from London Gatwick, courtesy of low-cost airline Norwegian, with flights commencing from February next year – and prices from £299 one way.

The carrier, which in April launched its first long-haul route from the UK to a city outside North America – Singapore, with fares from £179 one way – said its new four-times-a-week service to Buenos Aires Ezeiza International would “break the monopoly” on direct flights from London to the South American city, “offering passengers more choice and lower fares”. British Airways is currently the only other airline to fly direct, with fares for next February currently around £950 return. Its lead in prices are £750 return, but only in September.

Norwegian’s headline prices of £299 will, of course, be snapped up quickly (tickets are on sale now), with travellers requiring flexibility to bag the lowest fares. Glancing at the Norwegian website on Thursday, flights back to Britain were available from £283, putting the cheapest return fares at just under £600. The base fare will include one free piece of hand luggage (up to 10kg) and a small handbag or laptop case, but checked baggage will cost £25 extra each way. Meals will cost extra, too. BA’s economy flights come with complimentary meals and bar service and hold luggage.

A “premium” fare will also be available from Norwegian, from £699 one way, offering more legroom, lounge access, a complimentary meal and baggage allowance.

Norwegian’s CEO Bjorn Kjos said there is more to come from the airline.

“With our new Argentina route we are offering UK passengers more choice and lower fares to another exciting global destination. Buenos Aires is a cosmopolitan capital city with something to offer all travellers and Norwegian has fares to suit all budgets.

“From Europe, the USA, Asia and now South America, our long-haul network is going global and the UK will continue to be at the heart of our ambitious plans for expansion.

“We also see huge potential in the Argentinian market so this is not only a major milestone as our first South American route, it is also a first step towards ambitious plans for international and domestic growth in Argentina.”

Telegraph Travel’s Chris Leadbeater said of Buenos Aires: “Argentina’s splendid capital is at its best around February, still sunny as the heat of the Southern Hemisphere summer subsides.

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Best things to do in Buenos Aires. Classic Attractions and what’s new http://www.buenosaires54.com/blogen/2017/05/best-things-to-do-in-buenos-aires/ Mon, 08 May 2017 02:43:02 +0000 http://www.buenosaires54.com/blogen/?p=4127 Learn the essentials, best things to do in Buenos Aires. By Albert Stumm, The Associated Press — During Buenos Aires’ heyday, fabulous wealth flowed into the city from Argentina’s agricultural heartland, turning the country into one of the world’s richest by the early 20th century. The evidence of that era is still apparent in the grand architectural […]

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Learn the essentials, best things to do in Buenos Aires.

By Albert Stumm, The Associated Press — During Buenos Aires’ heyday, fabulous wealth flowed into the city from Argentina’s agricultural heartland, turning the country into one of the world’s richest by the early 20th century. The evidence of that era is still apparent in the grand architectural showpieces scattered around this sprawling city of 3 million.

"Plaza de Mayo Square" - Best things to do in Buenos Aires

“Plaza de Mayo Square” – Best things to do in Buenos Aires

But since the late 1940s, Argentina has experienced dictatorship, military rule, corruption and a succession of crippling economic crises. Artless graffiti scars nearly every building and much of the transit system, though efficient, hasn’t been updated since the 1960s.

Still, it remains a marvelous destination. Meet a few Portenos, as city residents are called, and take advantage of the legendary nightlife and restaurant scene, and you’ll get a buzz from the culture that invented the tango.

CLASSIC ATTRACTIONS – Best things to do in Buenos Aires

No trip to Buenos Aires would be complete without a swing past the blushing balconies of La Casa Rosada, or Pink House, where Eva Peron and her president husband Juan once addressed adoring crowds. The building faces Plaza de Mayo, the heart of the city that provides a good jumping off point for exploring the downtown. An organization of mothers of the 30,000 Argentines who disappeared during the dictatorship in the 1970s and ’80s still gathers there, as they have every Thursday afternoon for decades.

Continuing the requisite Evita pilgrimage, head up the hill to the posh Recoleta neighborhood and its namesake cemetery, where the city’s elite have been laid to rest for generations. The necropolis resembles a city in miniature more than a burial ground, with intricate gothic temples to the dead lined up like rowhouses along a network of stone-paved alleys. Evita’s black granite gravesite is rather dull by comparison, and generally crowded, but parts of the cemetery offer plenty of opportunities for reflective solitude.

Afterward, stroll around the surrounding area, where the wealthy built palatial homes as they fled a yellow fever epidemic in the low-lying San Telmo neighborhood near the Plata River.

WHAT’S NEW – Best things to do in Buenos Aires

It wasn’t long ago that the dining scene mostly consisted of steak, empanadas, Italian and more steak. But a flurry of restaurant openings has transformed the city into a worldly food destination. The craft beer craze arrived along with a burger invasion a few years back, but chefs have begun to draw on other cultures to spice up the mix. The Korean-Argentinian restaurant Kyopo in Flores serves a sweet and spicy kimchi burger as well as savory rice bowls. In Villa Crespo, I Latina serves seafood-focused tasting menu of Colombian fare in a renovated townhouse.

The Pope Francis story has become big business in his native city. A number of tours have popped up to show off the sites he used to frequent when he was known as Jorge Mario Bergoglio. Stops include where he grew up in Flores, his former schools and the Metropolitan Cathedral where he presided.

HANGING OUT – Best things to do in Buenos Aires

San Telmo, one of the city’s oldest neighborhoods, today is an artsy enclave known for a Sunday afternoon market at Plaza Dorrego with hundreds of stalls selling antiques, leather goods, vintage gear and handmade accessories. The rest of the week, sidewalk cafes fan out from the plaza during the day, and late at night (some bars don’t even open until midnight) a bohemian crowd mingles with tourists. One called Doppelganger serves more than 100 cocktails at its dimly lit mahogany bar.

Besides late nights, Buenos Aires is also known for its beef. Don Julio and La Cabrera in the Palermo neighborhood represent fine options at the top end of the steak-joint spectrum, particularly if you pair the meal with a bold Malbec wine. In the riverside Puerto Madera area, La Cabana sources its beef from its own ranch and offers views of the spire that angles up from a pedestrian bridge by architect Santiago Calatrava, who designed the Oculus transportation hub at One World Trade in New York.

Best things to do in Buenos Aires

TRAVEL TIPS

Find a way to experience one of Argentina’s signature attractions: the tango. You’re bound to stumble across dancers performing for tips on the streets, and there are numerous tango shows catering to tourists, including in Cafe Tortoni downtown and El Viejo Almacen in San Telmo. But it’s best to hit up a milonga, which is essentially a tango gathering. Usually lessons are offered before a milonga begins. I found one in Villa Crespo at a downmarket sports club called Villa Malcolm. A two-hour group lesson in the pink and blue room cost only 60 pesos on a Monday night (about U.S. $4).

The vast transit system can be baffling, but rides cost only 7.5 pesos (U.S. 50 cents), and its six lines mostly lead downtown. It’s convenient for sightseeing but less so for hopping between the outer neighborhoods. Taxis fill the gap and are incredibly cheap by U.S. standards, but traffic can be stressful. Buses, called colectivos, are 6.5 pesos (about U.S. 40 cents) and a particularly good option if you’re trying to get somewhere along one of the wide avenues that have dedicated bus lanes.

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United Airlines announces new flight New York Buenos Aires http://www.buenosaires54.com/blogen/2017/05/flight-new-york-buenos-aires/ Sat, 06 May 2017 04:34:05 +0000 http://www.buenosaires54.com/blogen/?p=4124 New Flight New York Buenos Aires – United Airlines (UAL) announced new year-round daily, nonstop service between New York/Newark and Buenos Aires, Argentina, starting October 28 (subject to government approval). In addition, the airline is increasing its year-round, daily service to Bogota, Colombia, with an additional daily flight starting June 8 through August 14. With […]

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New Flight New York Buenos Aires – United Airlines (UAL) announced new year-round daily, nonstop service between New York/Newark and Buenos Aires, Argentina, starting October 28 (subject to government approval). In addition, the airline is increasing its year-round, daily service to Bogota, Colombia, with an additional daily flight starting June 8 through August 14. With these new flights, United will offer more flights from the New York area to South America than any other U.S. carrier.

United Airlines New Flight New York Buenos Aires

New Flight New York Buenos Aires – United Airlines

Buenos Aires, one of South America’s largest commercial and cultural centers, will be United’s 14th South American destination served nonstop from the United States. United already offers daily nonstop service between Houston (IAH) and Buenos Aires.

“From the New York City area, United Airlines operates more nonstop flights to Central and South America than any other U.S. carrier and our new daily Buenos Aires service gives United customers another convenient way to travel between the U.S. East Coast and Argentina,” said Andrew Nocella, United’s executive vice president and chief revenue officer. “Whether traveling for business or leisure, customers can count on United to connect them to the moments that matter most.”

“United’s new service between Buenos Aires and New York provides numerous opportunities for companies in both countries to promote bilateral trade and investment,” said Alejandro Diaz, CEO of the American Chamber of Commerce in Argentina. “This flight will help fuel economic growth in both countries by connecting our financial, pharmaceutical and tourism industries – a real benefit for corporate and leisure travelers.”

EWR-EZE: Flight New York Buenos Aires Schedule

Beginning October 28, United 979 flight New York Buenos Aires will depart from Newark (EWR) at 9:50 p.m. and arrive at Buenos Aires (EZE) at 10:50 a.m. the following day (all times local). On October 29, United Flight 978 will depart Buenos Aires (EZE) at 9:00 p.m. and arrive at New York/Newark (EWR) at 6:10 a.m. the next day. Both flights will operate with Boeing 767-300 aircraft featuring 30 seats in United Polaris business class, 49 extra legroom Economy Plus seats and 135 United Economy seats.

Convenient domestic and international connections from EWR

Customers traveling beyond New York can conveniently connect to 115 domestic and international destinations at Newark Liberty International Airport in under three hours. Because United is the only U.S. carrier to serve Asia from the New York area, the new EWR-EZE service enables new, one-stop connections on United to Hong Kong, Tokyo/Narita, Beijing and Shanghai.

Expanding and growing United’s presence in Argentina

“For 25 years, United has proudly served Argentina,” said Christoff Poppe, United’s country manager in Argentina. “During this time, the United team has worked hard to serve Argentine and foreign travelers, and we’re excited to welcome new visitors from the New York area and the U.S. East coast, as well as give our customers here more options to travel to the U.S. with United Airlines.” Employees and customers throughout South America are celebrating 25 years of United service to destinations that include Buenos Aires, Sao Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, Quito and Lima. United recently celebrated 50 years of service to Mexico.

Increasing service between New York/Newark and Bogota

Bogota, Colombia’s largest city and capital, is a popular destination for business and leisure travelers. Beginning June 8, United will increase service between EWR and Bogota to twice daily during the peak summer travel season ending August 14. The airline also offers twice daily, year-round service between Houston (IAH) and Bogota.

Serving the most international destinations from New York

Just across the Hudson River and a quick, 30 minute train ride from the airport to Manhattan’s Penn Station, United has been hard at work making Newark Liberty International Airport the East Coast’s premier airline hub and the New York area’s best and most convenient airport experience.

With more than $2 billion invested over the past few years, United, in partnership with concession management company OTG, has turned Newark’s Terminal C into a destination dubbed a “culinary oasis” by the New York Times. Home to dozens of specialty dining options, several of which were imagined by renowned culinary artists like Chef Alain Ducasse (whose restaurant at the Dorchester hotel in London was awarded three Michelin stars), travelers find some of the area’s finest cuisine just a few steps away from the gate.

United has grown its route network from Newark, serving more domestic and international destinations from the New York area than any other carrier and is doing it more reliably than ever before: In 2016, the airline achieved the best on-time performance and the fewest cancellations in company history.

And while New York might be the city that never sleeps, United has taken the opposite approach for business travelers, thanks to its United Polaris business class product. United now offers more lie-flat seats than its New York/Newark competitors along with a bevy of pre-departure and in-flight amenities, all developed with one goal in mind: to give its Polaris customers the best, most restful night’s sleep you can get on an airplane.

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Cheap Flights London Buenos Aires http://www.buenosaires54.com/blogen/2017/03/cheap-flights-london-buenos-aires/ Wed, 15 Mar 2017 05:20:57 +0000 http://www.buenosaires54.com/blogen/?p=4111 Cheap Flights London Buenos Aires: Norwegian Air Shuttle ASA is evaluating plans for a base in Buenos Aires with flights from cities including Oslo, London, Paris, Madrid and Barcelona as the next phase of its long-haul, low-cost expansion strategy. Services to the Argentinian capital could start in 12 months if government permissions are granted, Bjorn […]

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Cheap Flights London Buenos Aires: Norwegian Air Shuttle ASA is evaluating plans for a base in Buenos Aires with flights from cities including Oslo, London, Paris, Madrid and Barcelona as the next phase of its long-haul, low-cost expansion strategy.

Cheap Flights London Buenos Aires

Cheap Flights London Buenos Aires with Norwegian Air

Services to the Argentinian capital could start in 12 months if government permissions are granted, Bjorn Kjos, the airline’s chief executive officer, said in an interview in Cordoba, adding that the Latin American country’s second-biggest city also has the potential to become a domestic hub.

Norwegian Air has ambitious plans for extending the low-cost travel model to inter-continental flights using a fleet of Boeing Co. 787s that will swell to 42 by 2020. It’s also adding 30 extended-range Airbus Group SE A321neo aircraft that could be used on shorter long-haul routes by 2022, and has even said that smaller 737 Max jets, of which it has 100 on order, might operate some trans-Atlantic services.

South American flights would begin with two 787s and create at least 200 jobs, Kjos said. That would be welcome in Argentina, where a recession deepened in the second quarter as President Mauricio Macri’s efforts to implement free-market reform acted as a brake on an already flagging economy and foreign direct investment has been scarce in recent years.

Argentina is “a hidden jewel,” Kjos said, with “the largest potential I have ever seen” for increasing visits. “But to attract tourists you need to have cheaper flights.” Fares could fall to one-quarter of what airlines now charge, selling from about $300 for a round-trip to Europe, he reckoned. For domestic services a Cordoba-Buenos Aires return would need to be priced at about $50.

Kjos said he’s also speaking with authorities in Chilean capital Santiago about possible routes there, though is less keen on entering the Brazilian market.

Low-cost operations on short-haul routes, in which Norwegian specializes, require intensive timetables to make money and the CEO said planes would need to be in the air 18 or 19 hours a day for the long-haul model to work. That might mean the introduction of connecting or multi-leg fights such as India and South Africa to the Americas via Europe.

Qatar, HNA Moves

South America is attracting outside operators as an economic downturn, weaker local currencies and increased dollar-linked costs squeeze local players.

Qatar Airways said in July it would pay $613 million for up to 10 percent of Latam Airlines Group SA, the region’s biggest carrier, while China’s HNA Group Co. last year acquired a 24 percent stake in Azul Linhas Aereas Brasileiras SA for $450 million. Colombia’s Avianca Holdings SA and Avianca Brasil are seeking separate partners while planning to merge in the longer term.

Norwegian Air is still awaiting permission from the U.S. Department of Transportation to use its Irish subsidiary for trans-Atlantic U.S. flights and has also applied for such rights for its U.K. unit.

Connecting cities on Europe’s Atlantic coast, including Edinburgh, with smaller airports in the eastern U.S., such as New York’s White Plains airfield or Stewart airport, will mean customers paying less than $150 for a round trip starting next year, Kjos said.

The Fornebu, Norway-based carrier also plans to establish a base of American pilots in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, initially hiring as many as 100 cockpit crew if it can expand U.S. operations as planned.

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Cheap flights in Argentina http://www.buenosaires54.com/blogen/2017/03/cheap-flights-argentina-2/ Wed, 15 Mar 2017 04:53:49 +0000 http://www.buenosaires54.com/blogen/?p=4107 Cheap flights Argentina: Soon, travelers in South America’s second-largest country, will be able to take a few more short flights. High operating costs and state-mandated minimum prices have made domestic air travel difficult in the nation of 44 million people for years. The market is dominated the state-run Aerolineas Argentina. But Argentina’s government now says […]

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Cheap flights Argentina: Soon, travelers in South America’s second-largest country, will be able to take a few more short flights.

Cheap flights Argentina

Buenos Aires AEP Airport

High operating costs and state-mandated minimum prices have made domestic air travel difficult in the nation of 44 million people for years. The market is dominated the state-run Aerolineas Argentina. But Argentina’s government now says it will allow the country’s first budget airline, FlyBondi.

Seats on its leased Boeing 737s new budget flights will cost less than a bus ticket, FlyBondi’s chief executive Julian Cook, told the Wall Street Journal (paywall.) He expects flights to start in September.

A one-way bus ticket with a lie-flat bed between Buenos Aires and the wine-producing region of Mendoza costs 1,530 pesos (about $100) for a 16-hour trip. Currently, a seat on Aerolineas Argentinas starts at about $78 each way for the two-hour flight.

President Mauricio Macri has vowed to lift restrictions and help ease travel high costs as a way to help lift the country out of a yearslong recession. Last year, he said the country would open up 135 new airline routes in the country and announced that foreign tourists would be refunded a 21% value-added tax on hotel costs.

There are hurdles still to operating in an airline successfully in the country. Argentina requires pilots to be Argentines, for example, the Wall Street Journal notes, meaning staffing airplanes could be difficult.

But if successful, FlyBondi and other airlines eager to tap into the market, like Colombia’s Avianca, will make traveling in the country even more attractive. Travelers in Argentina will soon have more time to hike, savor a few extra glasses of Malbec and view the glaciers before they’re all gone.

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Buenos Aires Shopping Guide – Where to shop in Argentina http://www.buenosaires54.com/blogen/2017/03/buenos-aires-shopping-guide/ Mon, 13 Mar 2017 04:44:05 +0000 http://www.buenosaires54.com/blogen/?p=4092 Buenos Aires Shopping Guide. With its wide, leafy boulevards, its vibrant cafe culture and beautifully-preserved Belle Epoque architecture, Buenos Aires is often referred to as the “Paris of South America.” That’s also a fitting moniker when it comes to the Argentinian capital’s shopping scene, in which you can find everything from fine hand-crafted leather accessories […]

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Buenos Aires Shopping Guide. With its wide, leafy boulevards, its vibrant cafe culture and beautifully-preserved Belle Epoque architecture, Buenos Aires is often referred to as the “Paris of South America.” That’s also a fitting moniker when it comes to the Argentinian capital’s shopping scene, in which you can find everything from fine hand-crafted leather accessories to cutting-edge fashion. And if there’s one neighborhood that epitomizes the best of the Buenos Aires retail world, it’s Palermo Soho, where several young designers have opened boutiques in the past few years. A slow, pleasant afternoon of wandering around the neighborhood without a real plan is always fun, but if you have limited time or want a plan of action, here are six of our favorite spots.

Buenos Aires Shopping Guide

Buenos Aires Shopping Guide

Mariano Toledo

The groovy 60’s come back to life at Mariano Toledo, where pops of neon (like a bright green rug) are set against a white background, creating an almost psychedelic atmosphere. The clothing is also transportive—items like the pleated miniskirts, a long polka-dot dress, green floral tights and buckled patent leather bags—seem to take inspiration from the likes of fashion legends Pierre Cardin and Ossie Clark.1450 Armenia

MU

Housed in a former private residence, stepping into MU feels like a very personal experience, where the owners have carefully selected every item in the store. Over 100 artisans are represented here, whose wares include folk art figures, hand-painted scarves, and dresses enhanced with appliqué flowers. 4791 Gorriti

Las Oreiro

Argentinian actor and singer Natalia Oreiro’s boutique is feminine and edgy all at once. A leopard-print-carpet leads shoppers to a highly curated inventory, including crystal-handled evening bags, smocked sweaters, and clear plastic raincoats bordered with red and white checks (pair it with a matching checkered plastic bucket hat). 4780 Honduras

Nadine Zlotogora

Boho chic defines the aesthetic at this shop, where a high-low combination draws in stylish women from around Buenos Aires. Here, they find items like speckled cotton knit blazers, tiered black dotted dresses (a modern take on a traditional Swiss outfit), but also the shop’s line of high-stop sneakers. 4638 El Salvador

Plaza Serrano

On weekends, this buzzy hippie hangout turns into a vintage shoppers paradise, where everything from jewelry and musical instruments to crafts and decorative objects are available from young, independent artisans. Many of them are welcomed to set up shop in the cafes and restaurants surrounding the square, making an ideal base for an afternoon of eating, drinking, and shopping. At the cross section of Serrano (Jorge Luis Borges) and Honduras

Mercer

This gigantic store carries everything you’d want when shopping for denim, but it’s also worth a stop to check out the interiors. You’ll find jaw-dropping floor-to-ceiling bookcases filled with jeans, wicker ceiling fans and floors covered with a collection of gorgeous Oriental rugs. 4677 El Salvador.

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Saint Patricks Day Buenos Aires, in the TOP 5 World Wide http://www.buenosaires54.com/blogen/2017/03/saint-patricks-day-buenos-aires/ Sun, 12 Mar 2017 05:12:23 +0000 http://www.buenosaires54.com/blogen/?p=4088 Saint Patricks Day Buenos Aires, in the TOP 5 World Wide. The international community sees Saint Patricks Day as an opportunity to throw an unforgettably good party. There may be nothing quite like celebrating our national holiday on home turf, but as the one national holiday that is celebrated in more countries around the world […]

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Saint Patricks Day Buenos Aires, in the TOP 5 World Wide. The international community sees Saint Patricks Day as an opportunity to throw an unforgettably good party.

There may be nothing quite like celebrating our national holiday on home turf, but as the one national holiday that is celebrated in more countries around the world than any other, the week around St Patrick’s Day is a fantastic time for the Irish to travel.

It may have started out as an homage to our religious roots, but these days the international community sees Saint Patricks Day as an opportunity to throw an unforgettably good party.

1. NEW YORK

New York has been celebrating Saint Patricks Day since 1792, so at this stage, they know how to put on a big show.

These days, the parade marches up 5th Avenue, stopping outside St Patrick’s Cathedral to be ‘reviewed’ by His Eminence Timothy Cardinal Dolan, the Archbishop of New York.

This year marks the 256th St Patrick’s Day parade in New York, and will have around 200,000 people marching on the parade route.

Insider Info: The parade starts at 11am, and leave that teacup Chihuahua at home — there are no pets aside from service dogs allowed on the parade route.

Arrive early and head for the Metropolitan Museum of Art — its upper steps provide a brilliant view without jostling for space. Drinking alcohol in public is illegal in New York so no matter how ‘Irish’ it seems, ignore the urge to salute the day.

Stay: For a taste of Irish luxury in the middle of Manhattan, stay at Fitzpatrick’s.

Luxury abounds, but it’s the Irish staff that greet return visitors like old pals that makes this hotel a favourite amongst Irish guests. www.fitzpatrickhotels.com

2. BUENOS AIRES

There are over 500,000 Irish people and their descendants living in Argentina, and that means an excuse to party on Saint Patricks Day Buenos Aires.

Saint Patricks Day Buenos AiresSaint Patricks Day Buenos Aires

Saint Patricks Day Buenos Aires festival takes over the city in an event co-hosted by the Argentina-Ireland Association, the city government, and the Irish Embassy in Buenos Aires.

The festival culminates in Plaza St Martin, where over a hundred food and beer stalls welcome Irish dancers, live music and a huge procession of bagpipes.

Insider Info: St Patrick’s Day is known as Dia de San Patricio and while the events during the daytime may seem tame and family orientated, the Irish pubs throughout the city come together to organise beer-fuelled parties that carry on way into the wee hours. Saint Patricks Day Buenos Aires.

Stay: Bo Bo hotel and restaurant is housed in a beautiful colonial-style building in Palermo Viejo, a hugely trendy part of Buenos Aires.

Chi-chi and bohemian with a luxurious edge, think four poster beds and morning coffee at a double door balcony strewn with ivy. www.bobohotel.com

3. MONTSERRAT

The Emerald Isle of the Caribbean, Montserrat is the only country other than Ireland which counts St Patrick’s Day as a national holiday.

The Irish connection on this idyllic island dates all the way back to the 17th century, when it became a haven for Irish Catholics who had been persecuted on neighbouring islands.

Today, Montserrat celebrates St Patrick with a week-long celebration, showcasing its unique African-Irish heritage.

Insider Info: The Irish connection is so strong in Montserrat that when visitors fly to the island, they receive a shamrock-shaped stamp on their passport.

Local bars offer Guinness alongside traditional rum cocktails as a nod to their Celtic heritage.

Stay: The southern part of Montserrat is off limits for travellers because it is home to an active volcano (it last erupted in the 1990s). Check into Gingerbread Hill, a small family run hotel on three acres of lush tropical hillside.

The rooms overlook the ocean and guests are welcome to pluck their breakfast from the papaya and mango trees, which flank the property. www.gingerbreadhill.com

4. SYDNEY

The Green Gathering in Sydney makes a triumphant return this year after it was cancelled in 2016.

The parade, Australia’s largest single Irish event, had to be cancelled last year after a heavy storm in 2014 dealt a blow to revenue at the family day concert in Hyde Park and the event ran up a debt of $150,000 (€107,000).

The local Irish community banded together and the debt was paid off allowing the event to go ahead again this year.

The event will be held on March 19 at Prince Alfred Park and will feature music from Aoife Scott, daughter of Frances Black.

Insider Info: This year’s event is centred around family. It will feature two music stages with over twenty acts, food and craft stalls and a dedicated children’s area aptly named Tír na nÓg. Kids will be able to enjoy free activities including bouncing castles, face painting, storytelling and Irish dance lessons.

Stay: Following an extensive restoration by one of Australia’s top architect firms, the old Water Board Headquarters building on Pitt St is now a super luxurious art deco hotel called Primus.

Featuring an epic lobby and a roof terrace complete with swimming pool, start your St Patrick’s Day quite literally taking in the city. www.primushotelsydney.com

5. MONTREAL

The St Patrick’s Festival of Montreal has run every year since 1824 and is one of the longest running St Patrick’s celebrations in North America.

The 2017 parade will include more then 100 entries including floats, marching bands from around Quebec and Ontario and thousands of participants.

Montreal sees the festival as an opportunity to celebrate all of its communities, so includes floats from Greece, Ukraine, Scotland and the Caribbean to name a few.

The festival is the official start of spring in Montreal, regardless of the weather.

Over the last seven years, they have seen snowstorms, torrential rain and sunburn weather, but pride themselves on forging ahead nonetheless!

Insider Info: The United Irish Society of Montreal has been organising the festival for over 90 years. For the last 10 years, its members have helped to resurrect Saint Patricks Day festivals in the cities of Toronto, Quebec, Ottawa, Hudson and Chateauguay.

Stay: Housed in a 19th century building in Montreal’s city centre, Hotel Gault’s super modern interior belies its historic façade. Rooms are spacious with all mod cons and feature pieces from local artists throughout.

www.hotelgault.com

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Top things to do for free in Buenos Aires http://www.buenosaires54.com/blogen/2016/02/top-things-to-do-for-free-in-buenos-aires/ Sun, 14 Feb 2016 02:30:52 +0000 http://www.buenosaires54.com/blogen/?p=4051 Although it has a reputation as the Paris of Latin America, Buenos Aires is reasonably priced and a surprisingly good-value destination. To top it all, some of the best things to do in Argentina's capital are free.

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Before the world focuses on the Rio Olympics, another South American country will be dominating the news.

During July, Argentina will be dressed in cyan and white for the bicentennial celebrations of its declaration of independence on July 9, 1816.

Nowhere will this patriotic fiesta be more frenetic than in Buenos Aires.

Today’s megalopolis of wide boulevards and neoclassical facades where ritzy colonial villas rub shoulders with modernist skyscrapers is the heart of the Argentinian nation.

Although it has a reputation as the Paris of Latin America, Buenos Aires is reasonably priced and a surprisingly good-value destination.

To top it all, some of the best things to do in Argentina’s capital are free.

Recoleta cemetery

Evita Peron's grave

Evita Peron’s grave

Despite being the resting place of Argentinian dignitaries, housed in memorials of marble grandeur, it’s Evita Peron’s grave — buried under her maiden name of Duarte — that’s turned the cemetery into the number one attraction in Buenos Aires.

The Duarte family mausoleum is near the entrance and easy to find.

But the narrow passage in front — just enough for one person to squeeze through — makes it almost impossible to photograph, unless you have a wide-angle lens.

On your way there, you can stop to admire the statue of the sleeping boy angel that resonates with every visitor and ask around for the other notorious resident of Recoleta: Rufina Cambaceres, who’s depicted opening her own grave door.

Legend has it that Rufina was buried alive after doctors misdiagnosed her cataleptic state and was heard screaming a few days later after she woke up inside her grave.

By the time the gravediggers reached her she was dead — this time for good.

San Telmo flea market

On Sundays between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m., there’s one unmissable event in Buenos Aires — the flea market at Plaza Dorrego in the barrio of San Telmo.

Ever since 1970, it’s operated as the principal open-air antique market in the Argentinian capital.

This is where the city’s scions sold the family silver during the depressions of the 1980s and 1990s in bargains that had buyers coming all the way from the auction houses of Europe and North America.

Today a covered market nearby has absorbed the spillover from the bustling square and any deals must be haggled over in the surrounding shops.

These compete with street food vendors, organic produce stalls, secondhand book sellers, cellphone kiosks, beer stands and hawkers peddling everything imaginable.

But the main reason most visitors flock to San Telmo is to watch, admire and applaud the tango demonstration dancers: young, old, but always graceful, they keep audiences spellbound.

The Casa Rosada

The Casa Rosada, the famed Pink Presidential Palace, is the focus of Buenos Aires’s central Plaza 25 de Mayo.

It’s named after the date of the first successful revolution in South America that eventually led to independence.

Most visitors are content to just take photos outside.

But come on a Saturday or Sunday and you can visit the building for free (you must present your passport to be admitted).

You’ll first step into the reception, housing the Gallery of Patriots, with portraits of Latin American political figures from Salvador Allende and Che Guevara to Evita Peron, a resident of the Casa Rosada herself.

To your right you’ll find the small, neat chapel of Our Lady of the Rosary and a patio commemorating the Falklands/Malvinas War.

On your left, the attractive Palm Court leads to the Hall of Honor, complete with busts of local luminaries, opening onto a grand veranda.

If you’re lucky, you’ll be able to visit the presidential suite on the first floor, which isn’t always open to the public.

Reserva Ecologica

360 hectares of greenery in Buenos Aires’ most expensive real estate.
You may spend days in Buenos Aires without sight of the Rio de la Plata, the city’s raison d’etre.

And yet there are 360 hectares of wetlands in town.

Possibly the world’s most valuable protected area, right in the middle of expensive real estate, the Reserva Ecologica Costanera Sur is a boon for hikers, bikers and birdwatchers.

You can spend a day inside pacing its 22-kilometer circuit.

Or even picnic by the Rio de la Plata.

Although the river’s brownish sedimentary waters don’t look tempting, the absence of tides and its shallow depth — you can walk for 300 meters in and still not wet your knees — making it a popular spot for local families.

Papal Tour

Pope Francis is a big source of pride among portenos (Buenos Aires natives).

So it’s little surprise that not just one but two papal tours, both free, are on offer in his hometown.

An intimate one-and-a-half walking tour of his childhood haunts in the barrio of Flores starts at the Basilica of San Jose, where 17-year-old Jorge Bergoglio allegedly had an epiphany during confession.

It continues to the modest house where he was born, his kindergarten and primary school, then finishes at another house where he grew up.

A longer, three-hour bus tour takes you farther and starts from the Metropolitan Cathedral where he celebrated mass as archbishop of Buenos Aires.

This tour takes in the seminary he attended in Balvanera and the Sanctuary of Mary, Untier of Knots, whose veneration he encouraged.

Although the bus journey is more comfortable and you see more, you stop and disembark in only a handful of places.

La Boca

Near soccer legend Maradona’s Boca Juniors stadium, La Boca used to be the first port of Buenos Aires.

Neglected in the 1980s and 1990s, it’s reinvented itself with extravagant explosions of kitsch.

Nothing is sophisticated or subtle in La Boca: brightly painted walls, caricature figurines, papier-mache shop greeters and gaudy graffiti scream in your face.

Still, as a spectacle it’s a treat.

La Boca’s streets are a living, breathing performance art gallery for the 21st century.

No one should leave Buenos Aires without this visual assault.

Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes

Any museum you can visit for free is a vacation bonus, but one with free English tours is rare indeed.

These are on offer four days a week — check times and dates before droppingaa in — and the guides are knowledgeable, professional and engaging.

Although the museum houses many works by familiar names (Modigliani, El Greco, Goya, Picasso, Rodin) its forte lies in its wealth of Argentinian art.

The museum is open every day until 8:30 p.m.

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Closed Door Restaurants in Buenos Aires http://www.buenosaires54.com/blogen/2015/11/closed-door-restaurants/ Tue, 03 Nov 2015 18:35:58 +0000 http://www.buenosaires54.com/blogen/?p=4047 The driver of our yellow-and-black cab rattles through the cobbled streets of Palermo Hollywood in downtown Buenos Aires, slows to a crawl on Calle Soler and peers through his smeary windscreen, searching for No 5518. “Doesn’t look like a restaurant,” he mutters. It isn’t. It’s a puerta cerrada, one of the city’s so-called “closed-door” restaurants, a cross between a pop-up and a speakeasy, where a handful of guests gather to dine on a limited-choice menu, often in the chef’s home.

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Tiny ‘closed door’ restaurants offer the city’s most exciting and eclectic dining experiences

The driver of our yellow-and-black cab rattles through the cobbled streets of Palermo Hollywood in downtown Buenos Aires, slows to a crawl on Calle Soler and peers through his smeary windscreen, searching for No 5518. “Doesn’t look like a restaurant,” he mutters. It isn’t. It’s a puerta cerrada, one of the city’s so-called “closed-door” restaurants, a cross between a pop-up and a speakeasy, where a handful of guests gather to dine on a limited-choice menu, often in the chef’s home.

The four of us tumble out of the taxi and ring the bell. After a pause, our host, Santiago Mymicopulo, opens the door, confirms we’re in the right place and welcomes us to Casa Coupage.

Closed-door dining made its appearance in Buenos Aires more than a decade ago and is now an established fixture in the city’s thriving food scene — estimates put the number of such places at about 100, though given the informal nature of the beast, the figure can only be a wild guess. The attraction — apart from the informality and the frisson you get from what feels like a mildly illicit experience — is the food.
Among the capitals of Latin America, Buenos Aires has always trailed, say, Lima or Mexico City on the restaurant front. By consensus, it’s in puertas cerradas that you’ll find some of the city’s most exciting and eclectic eating. They provide the visitor with an appealing alternative to the customary Argentine diet of unmitigated beef with blockbuster Malbec, which, after a few days, leaves even the most unrepentant carnivore craving a meatless Monday and a bottle of crisp white.

Casa Coupage

Casa Coupage, owned and run by Mymicopulo and Inés Mendieta, sommeliers both, opened in 2005. It started life as a private wine club and soon added food to the offering. Like most closed-doors, it’s open in the evenings only, Wednesday to Saturday. “It gives us a better work-life balance,” explains Santiago, “and more flexibility — we get to choose which days to open, and apart from dinners we still do the wine club.” Unlike many such places, it’s legit — it pays its taxes, puts its address on the website, is fully licensed and takes cards, cash and dollars.

As befits a place owned by two sommeliers, wine is big here. Their speciality is small-production, under-the-radar wines; there’s barely a bog-standard Malbec in sight. The food, described as cocina Argentina moderna, is conceived hand-in-hand with the wine offering, and rather than a single menu served at a large convivial table, Casa Coupage offers a tasting menu and à la carte options served at several tables spread between two rooms.

Armed with glasses of local bubbly (a Riesling-Torrontés blend from Amalaya in Cafayate, in the northwestern Salta province) we peruse the succinct menu (four starters, four mains, four desserts) and decide on a romp through as many dishes as possible to test the chef. He does us proud with a giant crab-stuffed pasta shell perched on avocado, a crisp croquette of mushrooms with Brie and red-fruit chutney, and a couscous and shellfish salad. We get our first taste of Torrontés, a crisp white from the highlands of Salta, and an elegant Silos Pinot Noir, grown by the Estrada family within sight of the Atlantic and cooled by sea breezes.

To accompany our diverse meaty choices (fork-tender beef with peppers and roasted tomatoes, sweet-sour noisettes and cutlets of lamb and belly pork with loin and creamed corn), there’s a Cabernet Franc from Lagarde, Argentina’s oldest bodega in Mendoza, a second and subtly different Pinot Noir from Salentein in the Valle de Uco, and a succulent fruit-salad blend of Cab Franc, Malbec, Bonarda and Petit Verdot, also from the Valle de Uco and made in limited quantities by Pulcu.

Puddings — a peanut parfait wreathed in chocolate and ringed with crunchy granola, an all-mango riff and a chocolate-and-toffee creation with plum sorbet — bring forth a couple of late-harvest whites and a port-like fortified Malbec, sweet and brambly and perfect with chocolate.

We hail a cab to cross town again, singing the praises of the puertas cerradas, replete with the tastes of modern Argentine cuisine and its elegant, new-wave wines.
Illustration by Matthew Cook

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Buenos Aires: The best value for money destination http://www.buenosaires54.com/blogen/2015/11/value-for-money-argentina/ Tue, 03 Nov 2015 18:29:49 +0000 http://www.buenosaires54.com/blogen/?p=4044 Buenos Aires is the best value destination in the world for an overnight stay at a four star hotel including breakfast, according to the inaugural TripIndex Breakfast, a TripAdvisor cost comparison study.

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Buenos Aires is the best value destination in the world for Brits for an overnight stay at a four star hotel including breakfast, according to the inaugural TripIndex Breakfast, a TripAdvisor cost comparison study.

TripIndex Breakfast compares the cost of an overnight stay in selected hotels with breakfast included, versus an overnight stay at the same hotel with breakfast eaten at a local restaurant, during the months of October and November in 37 key tourist cities around the world.

The study, conducted by independent research firm Ipsos, analyses the following costs; an overnight stay in a selected hotel with breakfast included, an overnight stay in a hotel without breakfast, the cost of the hotel breakfast alone, and the cost of breakfast in a local eatery.

It found that an overnight stay with breakfast included in Buenos Aires will only set you back £46.38, more than seven times less than the price of a stay with breakfast in the most expensive hotel destination in this study, New York City which comes in at an average of £342.90.

When it comes to the cost of a hotel breakfast versus the cost of eating breakfast in a local restaurant, the cheapest hotel breakfast can be found in Istanbul at an average price of £3.99 while the most expensive, at an average price of £19.29, is in Zurich.

Warsaw and Sharm el Sheikh tie for the title of cheapest local restaurant breakfast, both come in at an average of £3.03, while Hong Kong offers the most expensive local restaurant breakfast at an eye watering average of £23.95.

For those travellers who don’t mind leaving the confines of the hotel in the morning, the TripIndex Breakfast study shows that for most destinations, opting for an accommodation only package and heading to a local restaurant for breakfast can save precious pounds.

For travellers choosing this option, the biggest saving can be made in Kuala Lumpur, where travellers can save an average of £17.10 by opting for a hotel package without breakfast and then dining locally, versus an overnight stay with hotel breakfast included.

This is followed by Sydney where travellers can save an average of £13.92.

TripIndex Breakfast found that London is the fifth most expensive destination for an overnight stay with breakfast at £214.78 and fourth most expensive for accommodation only at £204.55.

The study showed that while choosing an accommodation only package in London is over £10 cheaper than a package that includes breakfast, when you consider that breakfast outside the hotel comes in at an average £9.88, the savings to be made by going for an accommodation only package are negligible.

“We recently conducted a study which revealed that 60 per cent of travellers consider free breakfast to be very important when deciding where to book.

“In fact for leisure travellers, it’s the second most important factor to them when booking a hotel.

“However, as the results of TripIndex Breakfast show, travellers may do better to forego a hotel breakfast in favour of dining out locally in the morning since this is where the biggest savings can usually be made,” commented TripAdvisor spokesperson, James Kay.

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