we ordered breakfast to our room on Sunday morning. seemed appropriate! smoothie, eggs Benedict, poached eggs, smoked salmon, and fresh fruit to share.
it was gorgeous outside so we took advantage and headed out to walk around.
we stopped by the Alvear Palace Hotel (could be compared to The Plaza in NYC).
then made a stop by one of Billy’s favorite stores, Arandu.
authentic handmade Argentine belts,
shoes (similar to TOMS), and many other handmade leather products and gifts.
then we walked over to a street market with hundreds of vendors.
so many colorful goods for sale.
it felt like a quintessential summer day!
this is the University of Buenos Aires law school (Facultad de Derecho) across the street from the market. beautiful, right?
we stopped for a snack at La Biela.
the menus prices are higher if you sit outside…which we did.
then it was on to visit one of the historical landmarks in BA, La Recoleta Cemetery.
“Rest in peace.”
the cemetery dates back to 1822 and the architecture is beautiful.
everywhere you turn, there’s another long pathway lined with graves, mausoleums, and statues of many Argentine presidents and other notable people like Eva Perón.
“The Lord awaits.”
we headed back to the hotel for massages. a real treat since we don’t typically splurge on spa treatments. it was a great way to unwind and relax before our final dinner.
we asked the hotel for a restaurant recommendation within walking distance, and they made us a reservation at Fervor. the reviews were great, so we walked on over.
the bread didn’t compare to dinner at Chez Nous the night before (Billy is my taste-tester), but the tuna and beans in olive oil that they brought out with it was delicious, and Billy loved the mozzarella.
we ordered a filet and a local fish dish + mixed grilled vegetables.
no room for dessert…well, there was chocolate back in the hotel room.
I didn’t workout once on this vacation (we did walk and dance a lot), and I was open-minded to trying different types of cuisine (except for intestines and sweetbread – just can’t), while still managing to get in the healthy foods that I crave and love. that’s my take on a balanced, enjoyable vacation.
our final day on Monday was rainy, but we got out to walk around for a little while, knowing we’d be on a 10-hour flight later that night.
then we found out our flight was cancelled so we ducked into our favorite tea shop and used their wifi to figure out our travel plans…until our iPhones ran out of battery.
oh, except one more photo from the Buenos Aires airport:
at least a dozen banners of Brad Pitt’s new ad campaign in the check-in area alone. overkill?