Encounter Tango, Poetry & Jorge Luis Borges in Buenos Aires!

So many of the best travel moments are spontaneous! We didn’t expect an encounter with Cecilia Leoni, once a renowned tango singer, when we stepped off of a little cobbled street in Buenos Aires’ Recoleta district and walked into a bar-restaurant with an artsy vibe. Tango is as much about the music as the dance. A night of tango with Cecilia immersed us in the … Continue reading Encounter Tango, Poetry & Jorge Luis Borges in Buenos Aires!

Travel Difficulties Don’t Have To Ruin Buenos Aires!

I’ve worried that the beautiful photos and interesting stories I’ve posted here on the blog and on Instagram may entice people to visit Buenos Aires without knowing the full story. On Instagram, our trip has looked like pure fun and exploration but, believe me, we have had some real travel difficulties here that you should know. Knowledge is power, especially in Buenos Aires! Transportation Travel … Continue reading Travel Difficulties Don’t Have To Ruin Buenos Aires!

The Origins Of Tango: Photo Essay

Argentinians and Uruguayans are always arguing over the origin of tango. Paula (@museodeltango) gave us a private tour of Montevideo’s tango museum to clear up this 100-year-old feud. Where Was Tango Created? In 2009, UNESCO cited the origin of tango as the Plata River Basin, the area between Montevideo and Buenos Aires. Tango Goes To Paris And French Tannat Comes To Uruguay Tango’s Acceptance Into … Continue reading The Origins Of Tango: Photo Essay

San Telmo Conventillo Photo Essay Tour

The conventillos of Buenos Aires are community living spaces. They were originally occupied by waves of immigrants. In this conventillo photo essay, you’ll enter this closed-off community and learn some of its secrets, meet some of its residents and discover its charm in San Telmo, the heart of Buenos Aires’ historic center. Argentina’s Immigration Wave San Telmo Conventillo Photo Essay Dr. Rawson And The Overcrowding … Continue reading San Telmo Conventillo Photo Essay Tour

Female Solo Travel: An 1889 Race Around The World

Part of our Women’s History Month series: Female heroes! It’s difficult to imagine a 19th century woman traveling the world, alone. Even today, female solo travel remains a popular blog topic. So back in 1889, when two women with adventurous streaks set out at the same time, in different directions, to circle the globe, you can imagine the interest they generated in the public! This … Continue reading Female Solo Travel: An 1889 Race Around The World

Edward Hopper: Loneliness & Isolation; We Stepped Into His World

Edward Hopper’s paintings are full of lonely scenes, even when there are people together, and somehow your imagination always fills in the story. He didn’t paint what he saw, though; we discovered that he painted his trademark theme, Edward Hopper: loneliness and isolation, no matter what he was looking at. Our lust for adventure this day immersed us into the real-life world of Edward Hopper! … Continue reading Edward Hopper: Loneliness & Isolation; We Stepped Into His World

A True Haunted House, According To New York State Law

Google real haunted house and you’ll find a lot of spooky, abandoned houses, but spirits live in occupied homes, too. The haunted house I’m talking about, at 1 Laveta Place in Nyack, NY, forced lawmakers to write a new law, and the New York State Supreme Court upheld it! People live there… but not for long. They move in and out of this one, and … Continue reading A True Haunted House, According To New York State Law

Book Review: Fatal Journey: The Final Expedition of Henry Hudson

Henry Hudson’s voyage to James Bay, Canada, in 1610, turned out to be his last. His crew mutinied and stranded him there. Or possibly, they murdered him! The Henry Hudson Parkway runs along the Hudson River in Manhattan Island. Henry Hudson’s name is well known in New York City, thanks to his 1609 voyage to New York harbor and up the river to what is … Continue reading Book Review: Fatal Journey: The Final Expedition of Henry Hudson

The Elusive Case of the Loud Party Music

For a long time, people in parts of Queens were complaining about loud music lasting until 4 or 5 am! Nobody could find the house with the loud music. It turned out the music was coming from a “booze cruise” after it docked in this marina, over 3 miles (4.8 kilometers) away when the wind was blowing just right! A “booze cruise” is an excursion … Continue reading The Elusive Case of the Loud Party Music