Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Buenos Aires: San Telmo and La Boca

We had SUCH a good time on our trip to Argentina. It was the perfect mix of relaxing and adventurous, city and rural. We could have crammed in more site-seeing but in the end we were glad we took the time to marinate in Buenos Aires instead of rushing around trying to see everything. Before I say anything more, if you are going to Argentina, you HAVE to pay a reciprocity fee before you can enter the country and have proof of it for your flight. I won't get into the details but this is fairly new and not clear in anything we read and we were SOOO close to missing our flight because of it. 

Anyway....our trip was basically divided into three parts. We started in the south part of Buenos Aires, San Telmo, then flew two hours north to Igauzu Falls, then came back and spent the end of our trip in the north Buenos Aires neighborhood of Palermo. I'm going to do three posts with some photos, links and stories from our trip. 
Soooo, starting off, San Telmo and La Boca! We started out in the more "gritty" and historic part of town traditionally known for antiquing that is currently undergoing a bit of a revival. It is filled with old (somewhat decaying) architecture, cobblestone streets, quirky/local shops, and unique restaurants. We stayed at a fun little boutique hotel called Mansion Vitraux, the highlight of which was the rooftop pool. It was fun to be in a modern hotel/rooftop in the midst of a more "antique" part of town.

We spent most of our time in Buenos Aires just wandering around looking in shops and cathedrals, navigating our way based on the restaurants and bars we wanted to try out. It was lovely.

Just south of San Telmos is the tourist zone of brightly colored houses and buildings called La Boca. We'd heard that it can be overrun with tourists which it was, but it didn't take away from the whimsy of the neighborhood and we stumbled on a wonderful little museum with a modern little rooftop cafe. 

The Pope (El Papa) is from Buenos Aires and a HUGE deal right now.

The streets of La Boca

Lunch in La Boca

A few of the culinary highlights included Aramburu Bis where we had our favorite meal of the whole trip on Valentine's Day, fabulous restaurant with a locally famous chef. Also, we loved this little vegetarian cafe, this historic bar, and eating a lot of street food (mostly empanadas and choripan sandwiches, pictured below).

PROA Museum Exhibit

Afternoon wine in San Telmo

One of the highlights of San Telmo is the AMAZING 15 block outdoor market. We had planned to spend a couple of hours there and ended up walking around the whole day. The streets were lined with artisan stalls and incredible street performers as seen above. 
Patrick blissing out over his chorpian sandwich (chorizo sausage etc.)

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Monday, March 2, 2015

Monday Motivation

I took this photo in Buenos Aires at this adorable shop. We have a lot of early flowers here in Seattle (sorry to rub it in East Coasters) so I'll be taking this advice and try to soak in spring this week. 

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Friday, February 27, 2015

Friday Roundup

Hello!! We are back from Argentina! We had an incredible time, I cannot recommend Argentina enough, we can't wait to go back some day to see more. I had hoped to post some pictures this week but I'll just start with the one above that I took of Iguazu Falls. More to come next week!

What are you up to this weekend? I'm getting my haircut and am strongly considering going for the "long bob" look. It's just hair it grows back right??

Here are some links to get us started:

Love this-- what was the #1 song on your birthday? Mine was "Jump" by Van Halen, beat that. 

Amazing 1950's house.

Oscars red carpet fashion fixes, so interesting. 

Bought these shoes before my trip and am IN LOVE.

Did you collect Beanie Babies in the 90's? My sister did -- this is a fascinating article about their rise and fall. 

Love this Sesame Street parody of House of Cards-- new season TOMORROW! 

ICYMI, Christina Aguilera's impressions of other divas are spot on. Also, a 90's duet dream come true.

Incredible photos of frozen waves in Nantucket.

Loving Keira Knightley's pregnancy style.

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Thursday, February 26, 2015

My New Favorite Podcast

Serial opened me up to the world of podcasts, and looking for another Serial-like show has opened my eyes to a variety of podcasts, some to be honest, are terrible, but then there are some real gems out there. I  happened upon Stuff You Missed in History Class a few weeks ago and I can't stop listening. It's not at all like Serial, but incredibly entertaining none the less.

 Basically, I feel like I'm hanging out with my two really smart friends who are telling me interesting stories, but from time to time also mentioning their love of cats and tea. I mean, the name sort of gives it away, each week Holly and Tracy tackle a little known topic in history, like Maria Tallchief, who is pictured above, the first American Prima Ballerina.

I've been listening to these running, while at the grocery store, on airplanes and most recently while driving around the Phoenix area this week picking up obscure audio cables and other odds and ends for the project we're working on. (Here's a peek!) Anyhow, these are a few of my favorite episodes so far...

Laura Ingalls Wilder 

Disney's Haunted Mansion and the very long creative process of bringing it to life.

Sarah Emma Edmonds, a woman who disguised herself as a man to act as a Civil War spy.

The Ghost Army of WWII, really, I had no idea this existed.

A History of Cheese! 

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Friday, February 20, 2015

Friday Roundup

Hello! I hope you had a wonderful week! Teresa is still enjoying Argentina and will be back with us next week with plenty of stories to tell I'm sure. As or me, I'm spending my weekend searching the depths of my closet for sandals. I'm headed for the sun next week for shoot in Arizona. Alas, not quite as exotic as Argentina, but 80 degrees and a fun project to work on, I'll take it! As always, here are some fun things to keep you entertained as you start your weekend...

Ridiculous take on a birth plan from McSweeney's, I just had to read this aloud to the people around me, they wanted to know what was making me laugh so hard.

For beauty and skincare advice, this is a website I've been spending a ton of time on lately.

The real life girl who made it into Harry Potter

"Charlie's Angles" in India

Do you shower more or less than most?


On sale winter coats

#askhermore-love this hilarious commentary on the dumb questions ladies get asked on the red carpet. Here's hoping for better questions at the Oscars this weekend.

Image above, Shirley McClain and Warren Beatty at the Academy Awards in 1966

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