Colca Canyon Peru

Originally posted on suemtravels:
Colca Canyon Peru My trek into Peru’s Colca Canyon exceeded expectations! The canyon’s beauty is indescribable and experiencing the magic of its isolated grandeur was the best. February is off-season for trekking in the canyon but actually it’s a great time since the weather is cooler and the vegetation is green and…

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Claudia Svetliza Artista Buenos Aires

After checking out several street fairs, including San Telmo and Retiro, I found paintings in Recoleta at Plaza Francia. Along with paintings from Peru and Chile, they will be great additions to my home gallery! Artist Claudia Svetliza started selling her paintings at Plaza Francia 15 years ago. After a divorce she needed to support herself and learned to paint. I…

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Mercado de las Pulgas and Local Artists Buenos Aires

The Buenos Aires Flea Market in Palermo is the largest antiques market in town and surely an antique dealer’s heaven. It’s a place where you can find unique furniture, paintings, collectibles, and more. I spent part of the day there but didn’t find what I was looking for – a painting by a local artist. I’ve seen…

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Día de la Revolución de Mayo Buenos Aires

May 25th is an important day for the Argentine people. It’s the date in 1810 when a junta took over from the Spanish Viceroyalty and the country declared independence from Spain. I knew Buenos Aires would celebrate their independence day in a big way but didn’t know exactly what to expect. Monday morning I went into the city center…

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Notorious Jazz Club Buenos Aires

Notorious is a popular jazz club in Buenos Aires. From the outside it looks like a CD store. Once you’re inside, the storefront leads down a corridor to a restaurant and jazz club in the back. The club is on Avenida Callao (pronounced cashhou) a few blocks from my apartment in Recoleta. I stopped by…

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La Boca Neighborhood Buenos Aires

La Boca is one of the last neighborhoods I’ve explored in Buenos Aires. It’s a long walk from my studio in Recoleta through traffic and crowded streets. The subway lines don’t go there, so I had to overcome a hesitancy to take Buenos Aires buses. The packed buses are sporadic and it’s hard to find the pickup points…

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Piazzolla Tango Performance Buenos Aires

Last night I attended a tango performance in Galería Güemes, a restored Belle Époque building in Buenos Aires. The Art Noveau design is gorgeous and the building has a gallery, apartments, offices, and restaurants as well as the tango theater and cabaret. The Four Seasons of Tango by Piazzolla Tango was performed in the Galeria’s underground theater. The performance featured the…

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Teatro Colón Opera House Buenos Aires Argentina

I’ve been looking forward to a performance at Teatro Colón, one of the world’s most beautiful and famous opera houses. I missed prime season for ballet, opera, and symphony but have tickets for two drastically different off-season performances – Breve Sueño and ATOS Trio. Breve Sueño Breve Sueño (Short Dream) was performed for a small audience in…

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Colonia del Sacramento Uruguay

I spent Friday exploring Colonia del Sacramento, the only Portuguese settlement along the Rio de la Plata. In the 1600s Colonia was the focus of a struggle between the Spanish and Portuguese over control of the area. Colonia is one of the world’s best examples of early Spanish and Portuguese architecture. In the 1600s Colonia was a walled port…

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Recoleta Cemetery Buenos Aires

Visiting Cementerio de la Recoleta is unforgettable. The cemetery has tombs and elaborate mausoleums of notable Argentinians including presidents, Nobel Prize winners, writers, poets, priests, military men, statesmen, Eva Perón, and a granddaughter of Napoleon. It’s known as one of the world’s most beautiful cemeteries and a “relevant historical and artistic monument of Argentina”. Its residents “lie in silent…

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Buenos Aires – Tango, Street Art, and Architecture

After a week in Buenos Aires I’m at a loss for words. During my travels, it’s one of the most fascinating cities visited. Nothing is straightforward which is part of Buenos Aires mystery and excitement. There’s much to learn and see, so each day brings exciting new discoveries. I continue to explore but have only…

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