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In the Land of Silver – Argentina’s Modern-day Silversmiths

Baptised as the ‘land of silver,’ Argentina has long been associated with the shiny noble metal, right back to its very beginnings as a country. Legend has it the early Spanish and Portuguese conquerors of the 16th century acquired a variety of beautiful silver objects from the Guaraní tribes down the Rio de La Plata (a.k.a. Silver River)…

 

The Best Parks and Open Spaces in Buenos Aires

¡Feliz primavera! In Buenos Aires the grey skies of winter are receding and it’s time to usher in the spring – the perfect time to explore the city. September 21st is Spring Day and all thoughts turn to blossom, romance, snoozing on the grass, and falling in love with the great outdoors. It’s tempting to think you must leave the city entirely to find some of this elusive green stuff but that would be a mistake…

 

A Beginners Guide to Football Teams in Buenos Aires

Flags swirl, banners fly, balloons reach high into the clear Buenos Aires sky. The communal voice of 50,000 of Argentina’s most fanatic fans overwhelm Boca Junior’s Bombonera stadium. Shirts are swung, songs screamed out. Frenzied fans let off fire crackers and fireworks. On the east stand drums beat and horns blast, while above them the outnumbered enemy, dressed in the red and white jerseys of River Plate, try their best to drown out the Boca crowd.

 

The Best Argentina Wine Fairs of 2014

You know it’s almost spring in Buenos Aires when wine fair season kicks off – it’s either the jacaranda in bloom or a small glass of fermented grape juice. From wines with altitude to bubbles only, mix and match these wine fairs to suit your palate. Or simply rock up to them all! Here’s our rundown of Argentina’s wine affairs calendar for 2014.

 

Argentine Body Language: The Definitive Guide

If you’re new to Argentina and worried about your Spanish language skills, don’t panic – you can communicate with the locals without making a sound. Everyone knows actions speak louder than words, but nowhere is this truer than in Argentina, where the way you touch your elbow means the difference between telling someone they’re stingy and telling them you’re definitely not happy…

 

The Foodie Shopping Guide to Buenos Aires

It doesn’t matter what kind of cooking magician you may be, it’s nearly impossible to whip up a great meal without starting with a fantastic product. Fresh, high quality, in season, and carefully treated with respectful and passionate hands, 80% of creating wonders in the kitchen commences with a killer ingredient. Amateurs, professionals, home cooks or chef wannabes, if you follow this guide of where to buy the best food Buenos Aires has to offer, there’s no excuse not to surround yourself with an edible dream team.

 

Grape Expectations: Less Common Varieties of Argentina Wine

As Argentina is a country made up of immigrants for the most part, it makes perfect sense that its grapes (excluding Torrontés) are also documented aliens. Take our dearly beloved Malbec. We all know it originates from Cahors in south-west France, don’t we? That’s right, the Old World has had its hand in defining Argentina’s viniculture, thanks to big hitters Chardonnay, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and of course Malbec – from Salta in the north to Patagonia in the south…

 

Tren de la Costa from Buenos Aires to Tigre

Buenos Aires is beautiful – Fact. But despite the city’s name meaning “good airs”, fresh air sometimes feels like it’s on ration in this juggernauting mammoth of almost 2.9 million people. So what do the gente do here to escape the chaos? Well, they hop, skip and jump onto the Tren de la Costa – a dinky railway that kisses the coastline of the Rio de la Plata from the Puente de Maipú (Maipú Bridge) in the northern suburb of Olivos, through 11 stations and 15.5km to the Porteño waterside playground of Tigre.

 

Fileteado – A Porteño Art

Fileteado is as porteño as a flock of riled-up Boca fans, although perhaps a little more sedate. It is a form of decorative art that originally started out adorning wagons in Buenos Aires in the early 20th century, painted by the Italian immigrants who worked in the wagon factories. Soon, it began to appear on trucks and buses and can now be seen everywhere from shop windows to metal plates sold at market stalls to giant advertising billboards looming over Avenida 9 de Julio.

 

Visit the Argentina of Evita & Juan Perón

Argentina’s ‘It’ couple from his presidential election in 1946 until her death in 1952, Juan Domingo Perón (not usually known as JD) and María Eva Duarte (always known as Evita) shook up the country’s politics via the Partido Justicialista (PJ) party they founded, scandalised and angered the upper class, wriggled their way into the hearts of millions living below the poverty line with populist policies and added a thorough dose of socialist glamour as they led Argentina.

 
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