Montevideo, Uruguay: Plaza Independencia, La Rambla & Bodega Bouza

Montevideo, Uruguay: Plaza Independencia, La Rambla & Bodega Bouza

Posted by on Feb 27, 2017 in Uruguay | 4 Comments

“Uruguay is a native word meaning river of the birds,” our guide Tamara was explaining as we began our drive from the port of Montevideo. We were heading along La Rambla, a 14-mile promenade that hugs the coastline and borders the Río de la Plata, a river and estuary spilling into the Atlantic Ocean. The beaches beyond […]

Buenos Aires Day 2: El Ateneo Grand Splendid & Teatro Colón

Buenos Aires Day 2: El Ateneo Grand Splendid & Teatro Colón

Posted by on Feb 23, 2017 in Argentina | 4 Comments

“I have always imagined that Paradise will be a kind of library.” ~Jorge Luis Borges If there ever were a more beautiful place to look for books, it would have to be the impossibly special El Ateneo Grand Splendid. The name says it all about Buenos Aires’ 1919 theatre-turned cinema-turned bookshop: It is grand and […]

Buenos Aires Day 1: La Recoleta Cemetery, La Casa Rosada & A Starry Touch of Russia

Buenos Aires Day 1: La Recoleta Cemetery, La Casa Rosada & A Starry Touch of Russia

Posted by on Feb 15, 2017 in Argentina | 12 Comments

The last thing I expected to find at a cemetery was a door knocker. But then again, La Recoleta Cemetery is no ordinary resting place. Built in the Recoleta neighborhood of Buenos Aires in 1822, La Recoleta looks more like a lovely little city, with narrow streets, elegant house-like mausoleums, stained glass windows and marble, […]