Buenos Aires Museums: Museo de Bellas Artes

A short stroll from the Recoleta Cemetery and the Hard Rock Café (there’s a combo for you!), across Avenida del Libertador, lies the imposing hulk of the Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes (the National Museum of Fine Arts).

Inside lies an embarrassment of riches that’s not to be missed.

One of my favorite things to do while traveling is to look for works of favorite European and American artists that have found their way to far flung corners of the globe, and the Museo de Bellas Artes doesn’t disappoint.
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Buenos Aires Museums: Museo Evita

Eva Duarte Peron was quite a gal. And if all you know about her is Madonna’s portrayal in the film version of the musical Evita, then a visit to the Museo Evita in Buenos Aires’ posh Palermo neighborhood is definitely in order.
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Practicing Spanish in Buenos Aires

One of the most enjoyable aspects of visiting any foreign country is trying to speak the language. Not only is it good mental exercise, but the locals will appreciate the effort you are making, no matter how halting it may be.

Unfortunately, for most of us, the opportunities to try out our language abilities are limited to restaurants, shops, and asking directions. If you’d like to expand your horizons while in Buenos Aires, help is at hand in the form of Spanglish.
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Rare White Lion Cubs At Buenos Aires Zoo

Sofia, the lioness, is showing off her three gorgeous white cubs at the Buenos Aires Zoo.

White lion cubs are rare and rarer still in South America. In fact these are the first born on the continent.

The cubs, a male and two females, were born on November 16, 2010.
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Buenos Aires Museums: MALBA

Buenos Aires may be in the antipodes for North American and European visitors, but a visit to MALBA affirms that when it comes to modern art we really do live in a global village.

The Museo de Arte Latinoamericano de Buenos Aires showcases the work of artists from the Spanish-speaking New World and, while many of the idioms have European accents, the quality reveals that South America is no mere artistic backwater.

Thanks to a smashing building by a trio of local architects, Gastón Atelman, Martín Fourcade, and Alfredo Tapia, the museum is a bright and airy jewel box for the art on display and the ambiance contributes a great deal to the pleasure of a visit.
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Saint Martin: A Simpler Life

by Faye Ratcliff

For the very first time in our lives, but I hope not the last, my husband and I took a two-week vacation to the half-French, half-Dutch island of Sint Maarten/Saint Martin in the West Indies, aptly named “The Friendly Island.” This used to be a somewhat undiscovered destination, but its popularity is growing rapidly!

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Ariau, Brazil: Back in The Trees Again

It had been two years since my last visit to Ariau Amazon Towers Hotel and I was more than eager to get back in the trees! Upon my arrival I was greeted by the “welcome committee”, a playful troop of woolley monkeys with the irrepressible Natalie in the lead. She immediately took to my shoulders and gave me the appearance of a Russian with one of those funny fur hats! The staff had fun making sure the rest of the rambunctious troop did not enter the reception area and kept them distracted out on the boat launch. After convincing Natalie I would be around for a few days, she released the monkey grip she had on my head and let me check-in and find my suite

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