Travel

What to see in Buenos Aires, Argentina

Nicknamed La Reina del Plata, Buenos Aires is home to about a quarter of Argentina’s population. This sprawling metropolis is Argentina’s beloved capital. It combines European architecture with a passion for tango, juicy cuts of meat, and soccer. Buenos Aires was in the 16th century established as gold and silver port. Thanks to its wide avenue, fine weather, and its classic restaurants and hotels, this city is indeed a breath of fresh air and a traveler’s hot spot including friends of mine that run a Calgary air conditioning repair company.

The Harbor of La Boca
Sit down for lunch in the harbor of La Boca where the famous tango dance originated. El Caminito is the most famous walkway in the country and it preserves the many eccentricities of this former immigrant ghetto. Don’t forget to tour La Bombonera while in this harbor. This is where Diego Maradona, the soccer legend started out.

San Telmo
The other neighborhoods in the city are so diverse that the locals might point you somewhere else if you ask them where to go. Some might send you to San Telmo to explore the rustic colonial buildings. Browse the neighborhood’s markets for antiques and collectibles.

Puerto Madero
Contemporary architecture and modern parks complement the port’s glory days preserved remnants. While here, make sure you don’t miss the Plaza de Mayo.

Evita Museum
Learn about Argentina’s Legendary First Lady in this museum. Eva Peron’s story is like a fairytale. She was a poor actress who married Argentina’s president and became the working-class heroine. She died in 1953 and her tomb is Argentina’s most photographed grave.

MALBA
MALBA is a stylish Latin America Art museum that provides a glimpse of the past and a view of the twentieth-century designs. Follow the widest avenue in the world: Avenida 9 de Julio to get back to the city center.

Café Tortoni
Line up for drinks or a tango show in Café Tortoni. This has been the local’s favorite for over 150 years. Nearby is the El Cabildo, a colonial Old Town Hall. Its central bell tower overlooks the Metropolitan Cathedral

General Jose de San Martin Tomb
General Jose de San Martin led the May Revolution and today his statue decorates Plaza San Martin. While here, stop at the Falklands War Memorial before exploring the National Congress building.

It is hard not to fall in love with Buenos Aires; all you have to do is look at this city to know every word about it is true.

Italy

Fly Under The Radar Italy

Italy needs almost little to no introduction, as it one of the most popular travel destinations in the world, for a large number of reasons. This booth shaped country located in the hearth of the Mediterranean Sea, captures the hearth of visitors through her rich history, delicious cuisine, beautiful artwork and grand architecture. This country has so much to offer, that often great places get overshadowed by the massive popularity of the “must see” destinations like Rome, Florence and Venice. If you ever plan to visit Italy for a longer period of time, here are some under the radar destinations, which might catch your eye.

Manarola – Cinque Terre

Manarola is one of the five colorful villages which sit on the hillsides on the coastal area of Liguria and comprise the Cinque Terre. Manarola is the second smallest village and it’s considered by many as the oldest. All five villages are famous for their beauty and even more for the lack of modern development. Manarola is the crown jewel of Cinque Terre distinguishing itself from the rest for its colorful structure buildings on the steep mountain side, with the Mediterranean Sea as a backdrop. Access to the Cinque Terre is limited however, as the roads are very narrow and end a kilometer away from the nearest village, although visitors have several options for transportation, as they can reach this place through trains boats or walking paths.

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Civita di Bagnoregio, The Dying City

If you saw Civita di Bagnoregio on a postcard, you would hardly believe it is real, the picture-perfect city looks like it came straight from a fairy tale or another realm. Located just 70km away from the capital of Italy, the tall stone buildings rise on a hill within the Tiber valley in northern Lazio. The brittle volcanic base on which the town was founded on, has slowly but surely been crumbling away into the valley, earning the town a rather eerie nickname as “The Dying City”. Civita di Bagoregio is the only city in Italy which has an entrance fee of 5 euros, but once you enter the city you’ll soon be captivated by its rich history, with renaissance palaces and ancient temples dating back 2.500 years ago.

Positano

This small town located on the Amalfi Coast is famous for its diversity, scenic magnificence, rugged terrain and picturesque architecture. The climate in this area is fairly mild, common to the Mediterranean, making the summers long and warm with a gust of sea breeze refreshing you during night time. Although it’s a small town, it’s actually not so small and splendor, as it resembles a scattered city with habitations and structure sprouting from the top of the mountain, going down the hillside, all the way down to the beautiful coastline, where you can enjoy the cinematic sunset from Marina Grande beach.

Tropea – Calabria

The seaside town of Tropea, located deep in Calabria is regarded by many as the best kept secret holiday destination in Italy. The city of Tropea sits dramatically on the coastal cliffs, giving visitors a breathtaking and endless view. Among the dramatic sceneries, stunning architecture and delicious cuisines, Tropea features some of the cleanest and most beautiful beaches in Italy, both public and private. When planning a visit to this marvelous wonder, I recommend avoid the months of July and August as the small city gets to crowded for one to enjoy.