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The Rock-itt : January 2011
we wanted, but he wouldn’t! We stayed in a gentrified dock area called Puerto Madera at the Hilton Hotel. I lucked out again big time here because my travelling chum Brian had amassed heaps of Hilton points so I loafed there for nearly a week on the executive floor for free!!! To do the same in February 2011 will cost around $1600, not cheap but not bad, it was a fantastic hotel and walking dis- tance to loads of fun places. My travelling partner was keen to take in one of the many Tango clubs. The Argentinian people have not discarded their love for the Tango one bit, it is practiced by young and old all over the country. To be able to Tango well is a sought after skill. I wasn‟t keen to „do‟ the Tango club, I shy away from most things touristy but in the end I gave in and we went to La Ventana in the San Telmo historic quarter. It was an amazing experience, it was touristy but it was also pretty authentic, the band was full on, imagine Metallica playing Bandoliers (accordions)!! It costs about $140 (US), for that you get a three hour show with a three course dinner and a bottle of wine. The only rip off I could see, and believe me I look, was that the wine list was unsurprisingly rather expensive! They even pick you up and take you back to the hotel without any extra charge. As you can see by the soppy picture you get hijacked at the door for a photo with one of the dancers, male or female! Check out their website, it‟s worth a look. www.la- ventana.com.ar/ We did a lot of walking throughout the City but cabs were fairly cheap. The San Telmo district housed not only the Tango club but a fantastic weekend antique and bric a brac fair in its main square, some amazing bar- gains to be had if you can persuade Qantas to cut you a deal on transporting a chandelier back to Oz. Argentina is not a great place to be a vege- tarian. They are meat mad, what I would consider a weekend joint of beef is just steak and chips to an Argentinian. The quality was fantastic whether a small unpretentious cafe bar or a full on top class restaurant and at prices way below Sydney City prices. The late Eva Peron, Evita, “First Lady of Ar- gentina” from 1946 until her death in 1952 , remember “Don‟t Cry For me Argentina” is buried in La Recoleta Cemetery in BA and it is a pilgrimage for Argentinians and tourists alike to visit the mausoleum she is buried in. Lots of other famous folk are buried expan- sively in La Recoleta; they say it‟s more ex- pensive to die in Buenos Aires than to live in it. It has a similar climate to Brisbane, maybe a little hotter during the summer months, being in the Southern hemisphere with us we share the same seasons. Since 2008 Qantas have been flying direct to Buenos Aires, wait until the early February to go be- cause right now it will cost you about $8000 return, prices drop by 50% at the end of Jan- uary but at $4000 return it‟s still a considera- ble outlay. If you are prepared to take longer (30 hours!) to get there you can go via North America and probably get a $500 reduction. Is BA worth that kind of outlay? I know a few people who have been and all of them wouldn‟t have missed it for the World. Obvi- ously not a cheap trip, it‟s very definitely a different kind of trip, a very exciting one. Very fashionable, a great place to shop and get new ideas. It would be great to tie a trip to Buenos Aires in with a bigger holiday taking in Patagonia and the Iguassu Falls on the border of Brazil. Speaking a little bit of Span- ishwouldbeahelpbutIgotbywithmy Northern English bluster and anyway they don‟t speak Spanish the way they do in Bacelona. It‟s all part of the fun! For the musos amongst you The Home Hotel in Buenos Aires is part owned by Nick Sey- mour of Crowded House and U2 Producer “Flood” . Check it out www.homebuenosaires.com The plaque attached to the mausoleum which holds the grave of Eva Peron….Evita. Old bloke startled in the headlights! The Foyer of The Hilton Hotel Buenos Aires