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Argentina: The Hip City of Buenos Aires

By , January 10, 2011 11:35 pm
Diego Maradona, Their National Icon

Diego Maradona, Their National Icon

Buenos Aires at first sight reminded us of Paris with its large avenues and European architecture, so it’s no wonder it is known as the most European city in South America.

Interesting Roof

Interesting Roof

Walking Tour

Walking Tour

Moulin Building

Moulin Building

From the airport, a cheap 2-hour ride into the city allowed us to see the different neighborhoods. It was only exploring the locations by foot that got us to see the vast differences from one neighborhood to the next. In San Telmo, we got some tango with our cup of afternoon coffee in Plaza Dorrego. In Palermo, shopping and eating were the only things on our agenda. In Boca, graffiti was the highlight. Finally, our walking tour through the center of the city left us breathless for its beauty and for how much walking we did.

Free Tango At Plaza Dorrego

Free Tango At Plaza Dorrego

Boca Neighborhood

Boca Neighborhood

Colorful Buildings

Colorful Buildings

Graffiti Art

Graffiti Art

Without a doubt, the Recoleta Cemetery is an awkward attraction where it feels like you are house hunting, but for a mausoleum.

Cemetery Right In The City

Cemetery Right In The City

Very Exclusive

Very Exclusive

House Or Mausoleum?

House Or Mausoleum?

During our 5 days in Buenos Aires, we probably had beef or lamb every single day. Most of the time, you can get an excellent piece of meat for less than $10. For our rare or medium-rare eaters readers, you need to explicitly say that you like blood since they tend to overcook the meat. We also fancied the pizzas (and the ridiculous amount of cheese they put on them) and ice cream!

Dining With Amy

Dining With Amy

Which Cut Looks Good

Which Cut Looks Good

Must Try Ice Cream In BA

Must Try Ice Cream In BA

There was so much in this one city to explore that we could use another trip back.

Thank you to our pretty awesome friend, Amy, for joining us in Bariloche and Buenos Aires!

Amy & Boris Exploring The City

Amy & Boris Exploring The City

Modern Building

Modern Building

Teatro Colon

Teatro Colon

We Got Standing Seats For Camerata Bariloche

We Got Standing Seats For Camerata Bariloche

Wicked Trees In The Park

Wicked Trees In The Park

Mercado de San Telmo

Mercado de San Telmo

Antique Market

Antique Market

Group Dinner With New Friends

Group Dinner With New Friends

Ceiling Decor Inside Restaurant

Ceiling Decor Inside Restaurant

Savoy Hotel: Albert Einstein Stayed Here & We Did Too

Savoy Hotel: Albert Einstein Stayed Here & We Did Too

America Del Sur Hostel

America Del Sur Hostel

Beets Risotto

Beets Risotto

Fish Special Of The Day

Fish Special Of The Day

Ribs

Ribs

Pizza

Pizza

MuiMui At The Evita Museum

MuiMui At The Evita Museum

Underground Milongas At La Catedral

Underground Milongas At La Catedral

What We Paid: Argentine
Pesos
USD Euro
– Visa fee for US passport holders 140/pp 35.25 27.25
– Local Bus From Airport To Center [2-hours] 2/pp 0.50 0.40
– Taxi From Center To Airport 110 27.70 21.40
– Subway Or Bus 1.10/pp 0.30 0.25
– America del Sur Hostel [4-beds per room, super clean & trendy, great location, free wifi, free breakfast, great staff, highly recommend] 55/pp 13.85 10.70
– Entrance to La Catedral For Underground Tango 15/pp 3.80 2.90
– Average Meal 30/pp 7.50 6
– Dinner Splurge 150/pp 37.75 29.20

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Auvergne: Central France

By , October 19, 2010 5:00 am
La Bourboule: Known For Its Thermal Baths

La Bourboule: Known For Its Thermal Baths

If you ever met Boris’ father, Olivier, you would know about his deep passion for rocks and good food. In our weekend excursion with him and his girlfriend, Donata, we visited one of his favorite places, the region of Auvergne which is known for its many volcanoes and food specialties.

Traditional Riverside Houses In Espalion

Traditional Riverside Houses In Espalion

We toured the village of Laguiole, which is famous for its handmade knives with a bee on it, and for its delicious cheese. After a short walk in the village, we took a break to try the local dish called truffade. It is made of baked potatoes, bacon, onion, and lots and lots of Laguiole cheese. It was very tasty but so filling! I was impressed how the Frenchies could eat that two days in a row.

We spent the night at a hotel overlooking the Truyere River. Nearby is the Garabit Viaduct constructed by Gustave Eiffel, the architect of the Eiffel Tower.

Viaduc Of Garabit

Viaduc Of Garabit

We also stopped in Chaudes-Aigues. In the middle of the village is a spout of scorching hot water that is supposed to be good for you. I was a little scared to touch it but I eventually did and I can confirm the temperature.

MuiMui Touching The Very Hot Spring At Chaudes-Aigues

MuiMui Touching The Very Hot Spring At Chaudes-Aigues

As we further explored this region, we passed through many more villages. My favorite was La Bourboule, but not because of its famous thermal baths, but more for its attractive old mansions. I also enjoyed the old city of Saint Flour. Its architecture and the view overlooking the new city and valley was memorable.

Thank you Olivier and Donata for these 3 days. We had a great time but ate way too much!

View From Saint Flour Old City

View From Saint Flour Old City

View Of Saint Flour Downtown From The Old City

View Of Saint Flour Downtown From The Old City

Mansion For Sale In La Bourboule

Mansion For Sale In La Bourboule

Escargots Appetizer In A Glass

Escargots Appetizer In A Glass

Cute Plant

Cute Plant

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First Stop in France: Pari(s)!

By , October 1, 2010 11:41 pm
Fromage

Fromage

Boris is from the south of France but with an international airport and lots of flight options, Paris was an obvious choice to fly into. We were so grateful to be greeted by Boris’s uncle, Bernard, and aunt, Elizabeth, who live right outside of Paris.

Elizabeth and Bernard take French hospitality to new limits. The best way to describe Elizabeth is you can think of her as a French Martha Stewart. From the day we arrived in Paris until we left, we were completely pampered and it felt wonderful. Every morning, I had coffee and a croissant paired with homemade jam. On top of that, the view from the kitchen through the French doors onto their meticulous garden was exactly what I needed.

Every Morning Comes With A View

Every Morning Comes With A View

Ooh La La ... Hidden Wine Cave

Ooh La La ... Hidden Wine Cave

As a surprise, they took us to our first Michelin-starred restaurant in France: Auberge de la Brie! When the food arrived, nothing mattered anymore. Each bite was exceptional and just brought back the sensations I had forgotten. For a starter, I had a glass of Kir Royal, which is Champagne with blackberry liquor. Then came my favorite part, my own plate of foie gras. Oh, how I miss you! Things start to get serious at this point with our bottle of Henriot Champagne. For my main dish, I had the finest grade meat in my mouth cooked at perfection. The next part is Boris’ favorite. When the fromage (cheese) cart came, I became the second most important in his life. Keep in mind, there are also a few amuse bouches (small bites) that come at random times throughout our entire dinner. What separates a really great restaurant from a Michelin-starred restaurant are the desserts. At this point in time, I just couldn’t take another bite of food but you can never say no to pure sweetness. While most of us had one dessert, Boris had to top us by having two. I don’t know how he does it; it must be the French in him.

Foie Gras

Foie Gras

Main Dish

Main Dish

Boris Misses Fromage

Boris Misses Fromage

Dessert

Dessert

We cannot thank Bernard and Elizabeth enough for their love and hospitality.
Thank you!

Inside Le Train Bleu

Inside Le Train Bleu

Eiffel Tower

Eiffel Tower

Subway Of Paris

Subway Of Paris

Both Boris and I have visited Paris numerous times before so this time around, we didn’t do too much sightseeing.
MuiMui’s favorite: The gardens of Versailles
Boris’ favorite: Angelina for hot chocolate

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