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If our depressed dollar is making it impossible for you to justify the expense of a vacation to Rome or Paris, go now to Expedia and book your tickets to Buenos Aires. I went for 6 days last summer. Tickets were $900 round trip, I paid about $350 for my hotel for 5 nights, and I probably didn't spend more than $450 for the whole week on everything else.
A meal that would cost you $150 in NY is about $35 in Buenos Aires.
The city used to be one of the most expensive, but their own financial crisis several years ago means the city is a bargain now, and artists, developers, and travelers are flocking to BA now.
I tell people that if Paris, New York, and the blighted cities of the 3rd world had a baby, it would be Buenos Aires. It's beautiful like Paris, run down in other parts, and mind blowingly chic in the newer neighborhoods like Palermo Viejo and Palermo SoHo.
Don't speak Spanish? Neither do I. And I went alone, so if I can do it, you can do it. But it would be better to go with friends, especially design-loving friends who want to see the best of what's new in this city. I will tell you this: you don't have to do the things everyone tells you to do. I didn't see any tango. I focused my time on the San Telmo Flea Market (click HERE to read all about it), the restaurants, the food, and the shopping. The Wallpaper guide to BA plus a DK guide to the city are all you need. And a map. Get a map with street numbers, that's very important in BA. Everything else is pretty easy. And cheap.
Buquebus, the ferry you need to take to Colonia del Sacramento, Uruguay
Color in Colonia del Sacramento, Uruguay, just 1 hour from Buenos Aires
Cobblestone in Colonia, a UNECO World Heritage site.
Posada Plaza Mayor, great place to stay in Colonia, in the heart of the historic town.
The tough neighborhood of Boca. This is also the soccer team you will want to root for.
I gave up looking for Eva Peron's grave. But it's right around here... somewhere.
Coffee and lunch at Matt's. Everyone goes to Matt's.
Get your shop on in the Palermo neighborhoods.
The shopping is as good as that of NYC. Photos courtesy of gaysofourlives.com
The boys of Gays of Our Lives , hanging out at Home hotel.
Saturday, March 15, 2008