Buenos Aires Architecture: La Casa de los Lirios

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The Balvanera neighborhood is home to two stunning buildings, both designed by Eduardo Rodriguez Ortega. The first is a residential building with a façade reminiscent of Gaudí and is known as La Casa de los Lirios. The other is nearby and has a stunning cupola with an insignia in Catalan that says no hi ha somnis imposibles (which translates to “there are no impossible dreams”). And in fact, the beauty of the constructions illustrates this idea to perfection.

La Casa de los Lirios was built between 1903 and 1905. The facade is ornamented with leaves and iris flowers (lirios) that give the building its name. Crowning the ledge is a plaster face of an old man that is presumed to be either Poseidon or Aeolus, his son. The entrance and windows are decorated with fluid lines made of iron.

If in the neighborhood, don’t miss the chance to stop and admire these two examples of the gorgeous local architecture. La Casa de los Lirios is located on Av. Rivadavia 2027 and the cupola is on Av. Rivadavia 2009.

Tours of Buenos Aires – Art Nouveau

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One of the stunning attractions of Buenos Aires is its beautiful architecture. The city walls, staircases and windows are full of stories each told in their own architectural style.

One of the aesthetic tendencies that marked the city was art nouveau and there are a chock full of buildings that embody this trend. The Art Nouveau Association of Buenos Aires has just launched a map identifying 50 emblematic art nouveau landmarks in the city and they also offer five different tours, each covering a different neighborhood (San Telmo, Balvanera, Recoleta, Downtown and Congreso). In their tours, they not only describe the art nouveau movement, and point out the relevant landmarks, but also tell the stories behind them with the aim of building an idea of how the local cultural identity was constructed.

Tours must be booked in advance with Cecilia Alzano at 15-5376 1305 or at ceciliasalzano@hotmail.com. A full list of art nouveau buildings in BA is listed here.

This Week in Buenos Aires

Monday

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Start the week by paying a visit to the Museo Carlos Gardel and learn everything there is to know about the famous tango legend. Jean Jaures 735, Abasto. 4964-2015.

In the evening don’t miss out on La Bomba del Tiempo, a percussion orchestra that has become one of the local absolute musts.  For some great post dancing pizza, head to nearby Los Cocos and order a fugazetta pizza, an onion and mozzarella local specialty. Los Cocos- Córdoba, Av. 3303, Almagro

Tuesday

 

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Villa O Campo, located in San Isidro on the outskirts of Buenos Aires, brought together renowned twentieth century intellectuals and authors. Tours of the home and gardens are offered from Thursday to Sunday and afterwards some tea and scones are mandatory. 

In the evening, stop by Florería Atlántico for drinks, dinner and a lovely time. Arroyo 872, Retiro. 6761-2908

 

Wednesday

 

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Explore the Tres de Febrero parks in Palermo. Between Av. Libertador and Lugones, and extending from Av. Casares in Palermo to La Pampa in Belgrano, this group of parks is composed of 25ha made up of 15 public parks and 21 private sport clubs and includes the “Rosedal”, an extensive rose garden, the Sivori Museum, the Planetarium and the Japanese Gardens.

In the evening, the hip Palermo Shanghai Dragon hosts happy hour and a weekly beerlingual bilingual pub quizAráoz 1199, Palermo

Thursday

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Take a tour with graffitimundo and explore the city streets and its prolific art. Then stop by Hollywood in Cambodia where you can purchase the local street artists’ works.

In the evening, the Buenos Aires Philharmonic Orchestra will be playingat the stunning Colón Theatre starting 8.30pm. Cerrito 628, Downtown. 4378 7100.

 

Friday

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Stop by the Juan Gatti exhibit in the Sivori museum behind the Palermo Rosedal, and then head to the Planetarium where an audiovisual exhibit by the same artist is being screened.

In the evening, visit Fierro’s Thank Fierro its Friday Happy Hour from 6pm to 8.30 pm and then head to one of the best speakeasies in the city! Soler 5862, Palermo. 3220-6800.

Saturday and Sunday

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Remember to make a reservation for Hernán Gipponi’s unique must-try brunch, served on Saturdays and Sundays! Soler 5862, Palermo Hollywood. 3220-6800.  info@hgrestaurant.com.ar.

PM Open air music– Outdoor live music, art and more merge in this new Saturday event which takes place in Palermo from 2pm to 9pm. Paraguay 4905, Palermo

On Saturday, Ian Anderson, Jethro Tull’s leading man, will be playing live at the Gran Rex Theatre. Tickets here. 

On Sunday don’t miss the free concert at the Colón Theatre featuring the Camerata Bariloche at 11am. Be sure to pick up your tickets in advance! Cerrito 628, Downtown. 4378 7100.

This Week in Buenos Aires

Monday

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Check out the new MALBA exhibit “Panamericano” by the Brazilian Beatriz Milhazes that showcases a selection of the renowned artist’s recent paintings. Avenida Figueroa Alcorta 3415, Recoleta. 

In the evening stop by La Peña del Colorado where a tango peña will be held at 8.30pm. This Palermo-centered peña serves traditional food and stages live shows as well as hosting folklore dances for the community.  From midnight onwards they also encourage the diners to play spontaneous guitar music. (They offer the guitars).  Güemes 3657, Palermo. 4822-1038. info@lapeniadelcolorado.com.

Tuesday

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Rain is forecasted for Tuesday so plan for indoors! Find our list of rainy day suggestions here.

If you’re looking for a laugh head to the Grin Go! Stand Up comedy Show starting at 9pm at the Absinth Resto Bar. Bartolomé Mitre 1695, Downtown. 4371-6486. Be sure to make a reservation by emailing gringo@comicosdepie.com.ar.

The Cirque du Soleil will be presenting their new show from the 8th-30th of September at Complejo al Rio, Vicente Lopez. Tickets here.

Wednesday

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Head to the Dorrego Flea Market in Palermo, which is often overlooked and is the perfect place to go on a treasure hunt.  Antiques and curious finds are waiting to be dug up and claimed in this charming neighborhood market. Open Tue-Sun 10am-7pm.  Av.Dorrego and Conde.

Later on, the Swedish electro band Covenant will be staging a live show at Niceto Club at 9pm.  Niceto Vega 5510, Palermo. Tickets here.

Thursday

 

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Don´t miss the Astor Piazzolla exhibit at the Centro de Exposiciones in Recoleta. J.E. Couture 2231, Recoleta.

Later on sip on different tea blends at the special tea tasting at Chez Pauline, in Recoleta, which is being held as part of Vivi Francia, the Buenos Aires France Week.  Book your place in advance at 4816-9988 or at info@chezpauline.com.ar.

Book your place at Fierro Hotel’s Thursday wine tasting and sample some great Argentine wines, chosen by the president of the Argentine Sommelier Association Andres Rosberg and in-house Sommelier Martin Bruno. Tastings, which include special tapas from Hernán Gipponi Restaurant, cost 35 USD per person and are limited to 7 people. Soler 5862, Palermo. 3220-6800.

Friday

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Celebrate the first day of Spring by heading to the ecological reserve behind Puerto Madero where you can catch one of the best views in the city!

(Keep in mind that as it is also student’s day, the Rosedal park in Palermo will be very crowded as it will be full of high school kids celebrating).

Later on stop by the Fierro Hotel garden where there will be a Springtime celebration with happy hour and tapas from 6pm-8pm! Soler 5862, Palermo. 3220-6800.

In the evening pick one of the many live shows that will be staged as part of the 2012 Buenos Aires Music Festival. Find a full program here.

Saturday and Sunday

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Remember to make a reservation for Hernán Gipponi’s unique must-try brunch, served on Saturdays and Sundays! Soler 5862, Palermo Hollywood. 3220-6800.  info@hgrestaurant.com.ar.

On Saturday take a tour of the French side of the city starting at 3pm at Cerrito and Av. Alvear.

In the evening pick one of the many live shows that will be staged as part of the 2012 Buenos Aires Music Festival. Find a full program here.

Find a ten-day weather forecast here.

September in Buenos Aires

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September is one of the most popular months of the year for travelers, as the weather gets warmer and spring arrives. This year there will be many events ranging from spiritual to culinary; details below.

Brazil Month in Argentina: During September Argentina celebrates Brazilian culture with a number of musical, and artistic events. Find the full program here.

FeVida 2012– from the 6th to the 9th of September there will be a spiritual convention with local and foreign visitors including Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, Isha, and others who will be talking about different aspects of spirituality. Find the full schedule of FeVida here.

On Sunday the 9th there will also be a massive international meditation, which in Buenos Aires will be led by Sri Sri Ravi Shankar at 2pm at Dorrego and Figueroa Alcorta in Palermo.

Casa FOA Molina Ciudad 2012 will be taking place in La Boca  from the 7th of September until the 14th of October and is a great chance to get to know Argentine architecture and design tendencies. More information here. Av. Regimiento de los Patricios, La Boca.

Vinos y Bodegas- Wine lovers can’t miss this three-day event at La Rural that will  showcase the best Argentine wines and wineries from the 13th to the 15th of September. More information here.

The Cirque du Soleil will be presenting their new show from the 8th-30th of September at Complejo al Rio, Vicente Lopez. Tickets here.

Live Music:

Brazilian Bossa Nova king, Gilberto Gil, will be performing at the Gran Rex theatre on the 6th. Tickets here.

Megadeth: 14th of September at the Estadio Malvinas Argentina’s. Tickets here.

Die Toten Hosen: 15th of September at the Estadio Malvinas Argentina’s. Tickets here.

Liza Minnelli will be staging a show on the 24th at the Luna Park Stadium. Tickets here.

The Jamaican band The Wailers will be celebrating Jamaica’s 50th independence anniversary at the Vorterix theatre in Colegiales on the 27th. Tickets here.

 

 

Gourmet Bookstores in the City

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DAIN Usina Cultural is more than just a bookstore. Their main thing is to sell books, sure, but their aim is also to promote culture through live musical events, film debates, readings, art exhibits and all with the option of sitting down to enjoy a delicious gourmet meal with vegetables from their own organic garden!  Nicaragua 4899, Palermo.4778.3554. info@dainusinacultural.com.

Clasica y Moderna is one of the city’s cultural hotspots where books reign and live music colors the nights. Additionally it has a great restaurant with a few fixed menus which feature carefully prepared Argentine cuisine. Callao 892, Recoleta. 4812-8707.

Abulafia Libros is a space for book and wine lovers alike.  The Palermo centered bookstore, complete with a black cat and all, is a great place to buy a gift or to sit and enjoy the fine pleasures of life. They also host films screenings and intellectual evenings. Borges 1985, Palermo. 4833-9184.

Although not really a bookstore, the gorgeous Sociedad Argentina de Arquitectos is THE architectural hotspot in the city and has the added plus of a beautiful architecture library that is open to nonmembers for only 10 pesos. Also on the premises is Restó, a guaranteed palate pleaser specializing in French auteur cuisine. Montevideo 938, Recoleta. 4816-6711.

Find more recomended Buenos Aires bookstores here.

Rosario Getaway

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Rosario is the third largest city in Argentina, after Buenos Aires and Cordoba, and, at just 298 km from the capital, it is a common destination for Porteños on a short visit. It´s architectural and historical relevance, as well as its vibrant cultural life and privileged setting over the Paraná River, make it an interesting place to visit.

The most popular attractions include the monument to the Argentine flag, where it was first hoisted in 1812; the Plaza San Martin, which is surrounded by Italian neo-renaissance, German neoclassic and art deco architectural styles; an art nouveau- modernist route; the art deco Pasaje Monroe; Batten Cottage, which looks like a street out of London; Parque de España, which was funded by the Spanish and opens to the Paraná river; El Bajo, a neighborhood that overlooks the river with cultural and gastronomic options; the Museo de Arte Contemporaneo de Rosario (MACRo) which exhibits the largest collection of Argentine contemporary art in the country. and the Museo Municipal de Bellas Artes Juan B. Castagnino (the largest after the Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes in Buenos Aires).  Of course, the Paraná River is an attraction in itself and there are many water related activities to participate in as well. Additionally, Rosario is the birthplace of many renowned Argentines including artist Antonio Berni, comic artist Fontanrosa, the polemic Che Guevara, and football star Messi.

How to get there:

Local flights to Rosario are offered by Aerolinas Argentinas and leave from Aeroparque every day. The flight lasts approximately an hour and a two-way ticket costs approximately 600 pesos, depending on the season.

There are also two trains that leave from Retiro train station from Monday- Friday and take approximately 7 hours. Returns from Rosario are from Sunday-Thursday. A one-way ticket costs between 20-70 pesos depending on the train and seating. The train schedule is available here.

Another option is to go by bus. The drive takes approximately 3-5 hours (depending on the service) leaving from Retiro bus station and there are many companies that offer this route. One-way tickets cost approximately 150 pesos. (Find tickets with Urquiza here.)

Where to stay:

Pullman City Center Rosario: This 5 star hotel has a casino, tennis courts, pool and more.

Barisit House Hotel: This centric boutique hotel is a renovated house from the 1900´s. It is ideally located and it has a pool and serves a buffet breakfast.

Colón Theatre 2012 Winter Program

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July

– La Sylphide (The Sylph). Choreography by Pierre Lacotte according to Filippo Taglioni, music by Jean-Madeleine Schneitzhoeffer, director- Javier Logioia.   Plot summary: A forest fairy (sylph) seduces a young man on his wedding day.  3rd, 4th, 5th, 7th and 8th of July.  Tickets here.

– Claroscuros e Intensidades (Chiaroscuro and Intensities. Director: Enrique Arturo Diemecke. Violin solo: Ilya Gringolts. San Justo Women’s Choir.  Choir director: Roberto Saccente.Featured Pieces: Claudio Alsuyet: De atardeceres (worldwide debut), Nicolai Miaskovsky: Violin concerto, Claude Debussy: Nocturne, Claude Debussy: La Mer. 12th of July at 8.30pm. Tickets here.

– Cuarteto Petrus (Petrus String Quartet).Pablo Saraví- violin I, Hernán Briatico- violin II, Silvina Álvarez- viola, Gloria Pankaeva- violoncello. Featured Pieces: Luigi Boccherini: Quartet in G flat, Op. 33 Nº 5,  Roberto Caamaño: Five brief pieces for string quartets., Op.21, Piotr Illich Tchaikovsky: Quartet Nº1 in D major, Op.11. 15th of July at 11am. Free concert.

– Colón Theatre’s Graduate Ballet.  Choreography by David Lichine. Music by Johann Strauss. 21st, 22nd, 28th and 29th of July at 11am.

Erwartung (Expectation): Opera in one act (1909). Music by Arnold Schönberg, libretto by Marie Pappenheim, musical director – Baldur Brönimann stage director – Pedro Pablo García Caffi, interpreters – Evelyn Herlitzius.  Plot Summary: The monologue of a woman who anxiously searches for her disappeared lover.

   Hagith: Opera in one act (1923). Music by Karol Szymanowski, libretto by Felix Dörmann, musical director- Baldur Brönimann, stage director- Michal Znaniecki, interpreters- Ewa Biegas / Roy Stevens / Christian Baumgärtel. Plot Summary: Based on the Bible’s Book of Kings this Opera tells the story of Hagith, who rejects the old King David because she is in love with Solomon, his son.  22nd, 24th, 26th and 28th of July. Tickets here.

August

– La Bella Durmiente del Bosque (The Sleeping Beauty). Choreography by Karl Burnett, music by Piotr Ilich Tchaikovsky. Featuring the Buenos Aires Philharmonic directed by Luis Gorelik. Plot summary: The wicked fairy Carabosse casts a spell on the new born princess Aurora at her christening and determines that she will prick her finger on her 16th birthday and die. The Lilac Fairy who has not yet presented her gift to the child modifies the spell so that when the princess pricks her finger  she will sleep for a hundred years until a prince awakens her. 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th and 12th of August. Tickets here.

– Opus Trio: Freddy Varela Montero- violin, Paula Peluso- piano, Stanimir Todorov- violoncello. Featured music: Dmitri Shostakovich: Trio in E minor, Franz Schubert: Trio Nº 2 in E flat major, Op. 100. 12th of August at 11am. Free Concert.

Con sangre latinoamericana (Latin Blood). Director: Carlos Bertazza. Accordion soloist: Néstor Marconi. Featuring:  Adolfo Mejía: “Intima” symphonic poem, Astor Piazzolla: Suite “Punta del Este” for accordion and orchestra, Heitor Villa-Lobos: Symphony Nº 2, “La ascensión”. 16th of August at 8.30pm. Tickets here.

– Alberto Williams Trio:  Nicolás Favero – violin, Siro Bellisomi – violoncello, Antonio Formaro- piano. Featuring: Joseph Haydn: Trio in G major Hob. XV: 25 (Op. 82) “All´Ongarese”, Alberto Williams: Trio in A minor  Op. 54, Felix Mendelssohn: Trio Nº 2 in C minor Op. 66. 19th of August at 11am. Free Concert.

– András Schiff– The renowned Hungarian/British classical pianist will be presenting the following pieces: Ludwig van Beethoven: Sonata No 30 in E major, Op. 109, Bela Bartók: Sonata (1926), Leos Janácek: Sonata (1905), Franz Schubert: Sonata in G major, D. 894.  22nd of August at 8.30pm. Tickets here.

– I due Figaro o sia Il soggetto di una commedia: Opera in two acts (1826). Music by Saverio Mercadente, libretto by Felice Romani, musical director – Riccardo Muti, stage director – Emilio Stagi, interpreters- Saimir Pirgu / Asude Karayavuz / Rosa Feola / Annalisa Stroppa / Mario Cassi / Eleonora Buratto / Anicio Zorzi Giustiniani / Omar Montanari.  Plot summary: Ines, daughter of the Count and the Countess, falls in love with Cherubino who will do anything to marry her. 28th and 30th of August, 1st and 2nd of September. Tickets here.

– Relatos brillantes (Brilliant Tales). Director: Enrique Arturo Diemecke. Orquestral ISA Academy. Presnting: Vaughan-Williams: Tallis Fantasia, Gustav Mahler: Symphony Nº 7 in D minor. 31st of August at 8.30pm. Tickets here.

September

– I due Figaro o sia Il soggetto di una commedia: Opera in two acts (1826). Music by Saverio Mercadente, libretto by Felice Romani, musical director – Riccardo Muti, stage director – Emilio Stagi, interpreters- Saimir Pirgu / Asude Karayavuz / Rosa Feola / Annalisa Stroppa / Mario Cassi / Eleonora Buratto / Anicio Zorzi Giustiniani / Omar Montanari.  Plot summary: Ines, daughter of the Count and the Countess, falls in love with Cherubino who will do anything to marry her. 28th and 30th of August, 1st and 2nd of September. Tickets here.

– Arcadi Volodos. The renowned Russian pianist will present the following three pieces: Franz Schubert: Piano sonata in A minor, D 784, Johannes Brahms: Intermezzi Op. 117, Nos. 1-3, Franz Liszt: Sonata in B minor.  4th of September at 8.30pm. Tickets here.

– Nórdicos y Románticos: (Nordics and Romantics): Director- Enrique Arturo Diemecke, Violin solo- Sarah Chang. Featuring: Jean Sibelius: Violin concerto in D minor, Op. 47, Anton Bruckner: Symphony Nº 4 in E flat major, “Romántica”. 6th of September 8.30pm. Tickets here.

– Philharmonic Quintet. Claudio Barile- flute,  Néstor Garrote- oboe,  Mariano Rey- clarinet, Fernando Chiappero- Horn, Gabriel La Rocca- bassoon. Presenting: Wolfgang A. Mozart: Overture from The Magic Flute, Jean Françaix: Quintet Nº 1, Jacques Ibert: Three brief pieces, Isaac Albéniz – Enrique Granados – E. Toldrá: Spanish Suite. 9th of September at 11am. Free Concert.

– El arco milagroso (The Magic Arc): Director- Enrique Arturo Diemecke. Violin solo- Hilary Hahn. Featuring: Claude Debussy: Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun, Sergei Prokofiev: Violin concerto Nº 1 in D major, Op. 19, Ludwig van Beethoven: Symphony Nº 5 in C minor, Op. 67. 13th of September at 8.30 pm. Tickets here.

– Despliegues sonoros (Audible Display):  Director- Jorma Panula, clarinet soloist- Mariano Rey, horn- Fernando Chiappero. Featuring: Alberto Williams: The Bell Poem, Fermina Casanova: Clarinet and orchestra concerto, Astor Piazzolla: Clarinet concerto, Richard Strauss: Horn and orchestra concerto Nº 1 in E flat major, Op. 11, Jean Sibelius: Symphony Nº 5 in E flat major, Op. 82. 27th of September at 8.30pm. Tickets here.

– National Children’s Choir: Director- María Isabel Sanz. Piano: Natalia Suriano. Featuring: György Orbán: Mass/ Zoltán Kodály: Pünkösdölö / Francis Poulenc: Petites voix/ Claude Debussy: Salut printemps/Ángel Lasala : Popular Argentine Choir pieces/ René Teseo: Ballad of the town square (Cantata for children’s choir, baritone and orchestra). 30th of September at 11am. Free concert.

This Week in Buenos Aires

Monday

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Visit Palacio Barolo, one of the city’s architectural landmarks, full of references to poet Dante Alighieri. Guided tours are available Mondays and Thursdays from 4pm to 7pm, and evening guided tours on Mondays and Wednesdays at 8pm and Thursdays at 8.30pm include tasting of an awarded wine and a national delicacy. Av de Mayo 1370 9° P. Esc. 249/52. Tel/Fax: (54-11) 4381-1885. info@palaciobarolotours.com.ar

In the evening don’t miss out on La Bomba del Tiempo, a percussion orchestra that has become one of the local absolute musts. Centro Cultural Konex Sarmiento 3131, Abasto. 4864-3200

Tuesday

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Stop by the Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes to check out the new Real/Virtual exhibit, featuring Argentine kinetic art from the 70´s. Av. Del Libertador 1473, Recoleta. 5288-9999

Whilst in the area remember to stop by the Palais de Glace where a special photography exhibit is being held until the 9th of July.  Opening hours: Tue-Sun midday-8pm. Posadas 1725, Recoleta.

If you’re looking for a laugh head to the Grin Go! Stand Up comedy Show starting at 9pm at the Absinth Resto Bar. Bartolomé Mitre 1695, Downtown. 4371-6486. Be sure to make a reservation by emailing gringo@comicosdepie.com.ar.

Wednesday

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Take a tour of the famous Teatro Colón; this impressive opera house is internationally known for its architectural beauty and its wonderful acoustics. The stately theatre can be toured every day from 9am-5.30pm and tours last approximately 1 hour. Cerrito 628, Downtown. 4378 7100.

At 8.30pm, the Fibonacci Proyect Buenos Aires will be presenting a multidisciplinary show, product of an international collaborative program that seeks to promote cultural integration. Centro Cultural San Martin, Sarmiento 1551, Downtown.

Thursday

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Stop by the Buenos Aires Planetarium to experience the immersive show “Journey to the Stars” which traces stars through time. The experience was created in collaboration with the NASA, the American Museum on Natural Science in New York and a group of renowned scientists. Tue-Fri 1pm, 4pm, 5pm. Sat-Sun 2pm, 3pm. 4pm, 5pm, 6pm and 7pm. Av. Sarmiento and Belisario Roldan, Palermo.

For a unique evening, book your place at Fierro Hotel’s Thursday wine tasting and sample some great Argentine wines, chosen by the president of the Argentine Sommelier Association Andres Rosberg and in-house Sommelier Martin Bruno. Tastings, which include special tapas from Hernán Gipponi Restaurant, cost 25 USD per person and are limited to 7 people. Soler 5862, Palermo. 3220-6800.

 

Friday

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Take a day trip to the local bakery, butcher shop and market where Teresita will show you all the traditional foods and ingredients. Afterwards go back to her home and learn to make empanadas before having a delicious gourmet 4-course meal with wine pairings! More on Teresita’s culinary tour here.

Later on, the monthly Gallery Nights will take place from 7pm to 10pm in the Recoleta and Barrio Norte areas. More information here.

Saturday & Sunday

Remember to make a reservation for Hernán Gipponi’s famous one of a kind brunch, now served on Saturdays too! Soler 5862,  Palermo Hollywood.  3220-6800.  info@hgrestaurant.com.ar.

Head to Tigre and stop by the Museo de Arte de Tigre where the MALBA  is sharing some of its artwork from its permanent collection.  The Tigre museum also showcases local artwork and has a stunning architecture.

Professional photographer Jocelyn Mandryk (who took Fierro’s latest photographs) and her associate Becky Hayes have taken tourist photography to a whole new level on their Saturday Foto Ruta tours.  What they propose is to get to know the city from another point of view, taking their travelers through off the beaten path locations and setting creative guidelines for the photographs so that they can explore the local colors and characters through the lens from a new perspective. The Foto Ruta tour runs every Saturday from 2pm-6pm and costs 100 pesos. More information on the Foto Ruta webpage.

Top Buenos Aires Views

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Palacio Barolo: This architectural landmark, full of references to poet Dante Alighieri, began its construction in 1919, destined to be the tallest structure in Latin America at the time. The view from the top balcony is stunning, so much so that they offer a New Year midnight tour to see the fireworks from one of the best vantage points in the city. Guided tours are available Mondays and Thursdays from 4pm to 7pm, and evening guided tours on Mondays and Wednesdays at 8pm and Thursdays at 8.30pm include tasting of an awarded wine and a national delicacy. Av de Mayo 1370 9° P. Esc. 249/52. Tel/Fax: (54-11) 4381-1885. info@palaciobarolotours.com.ar

Galeria Guemes: This historic gallery, considered to be the city’s first skyscraper, where Antoine de Saint Exupery used to spend much of his time, and where Julio Cortazar set his story “The Other Sky”, has the only 360° view of the city. Unfortunately it is not always open to the public, and will be closed until spring. Florida 165, Downtown. 4331-3041.

Hotel Panamericano: This lavish downtown hotel overlooks the 9 de Julio Avenue, the Obelisk and the Colón Theatre. It has a privileged view at the top floor where the solarium and spa are, and the Buenos Aires program “Miradores de Buenos Aires” often does tours to visit the stunning location (book your place with one of their tours at 4323-9400, int. 2756).  Carlos Pelegrini 551, downtown. 4348-5000.

Reserva Ecologica: The ecologic reserve in Puerto Madero has one of the best views of the city, albeit from the ground. This is one of the best spots to see the sunset behind the backlit city buildings, framed by leafy trees.  The ecologic reserve is open to visitors from Tuesday to Sunday and can be toured on weekends from 9.30am-4pm. One Friday a month, the closest to a full moon, a nocturnal tour of the reserve is organized. To participate you must call to sign up on the previous Monday. Av. Tristán Achával Rodríguez 1550, Puerto Madero.  4893-1588/ 4893 -1597 int. 108. reserva_cs@buenosaires.gov.ar