Buenos Aires The Silver City | Buenos Aires, Argentina | This morning after 10 hours flight, I landed in Buenos Aires. Photo above is of the sun coming out over Buenos Aires, while landing at EZEIZA International Airport. The silhouette of the city with the Rio de la Plata behind shinning silver as the sun came out. Buenos Aires the “Silver City”. Argentina = Argentum (Ag) = Silver. The paradigm traced back to the first voyages made by the Spanish and Portuguese conquerors to the Río de la Plata which means “Silver River”, in the first years of the 16th century. But the sad truth is that La Plata Basin does not have any sources of silver, the only source can be found as far as I know close to Peru. Just sharing some Etymology. Anyhow, excited to spend the next two weeks here in Buenos Aires and surrounding areas. Gay Planning Mode is back and next week I am full hands on planning my 6th International Gay Wedding. All to be posted at www.carlosmeliablog.com — at Rio De La Plata.
Gay Planning mode is back, June 7th, to plan a Gay Wedding, once again, this time for a lovely couple from the Republic of Guayana. But in the meantime, as I always do, I will take sometime off to explore new and traditional options. This time I will be reviewing the following hotels and services, some of them I have tried before, but since I am taking my boyfriend, Rubin Singer, for his first visit to Buenos Aires, I want to show him the best the city has to offer: HUB Porteño Buenos Aires and their private tours “Experiences of the City”. Four Seasons Hotel Buenos Aires and their new look after their big renovation. The iconic and traditional Alvear Palace Hotel and their brand new sister property the Alvear Art Hotel. Two days getaway to one of my favorite spots close to Buenos Aires as it is San Antonio de Areco, to show Rubin the true heritage of Gauchos and the Pampas at Estancia La Bamba de Areco and some intimate dinners at Tarquino Restaurant and ROJO Tango Show & Dinner. As usual all to be posted and featured here and at my Social Network. CM @ Carlos Melia Recommends
EZEIZA Airport brand new international terminal | Buenos Aires, Argentina | To my great surprise, two days ago while at EZEIZA International Airport to take my flight back to New York, I found out that the new Terminal B is ready and operative. I had to wait at the airport for over 3 hours, on a very warm summer day, where the air conditioning wasn’t working as it should, and I had nothing to do at the old Terminal A. So I decided to wonder around the airport, the Duty Free Shop and alleys of the airport. All of the sudden I found this new corridor, which had in the distance a new restaurant/cafe I had never seen before, so I walked towards it…. and WOW Airport heaven unfolded before my eyes.
To be compared with international airports worldwide, well made me feel out of Argentina right away, and those of you that have been to Terminals A and C, you guys know what I am talking about. So happy to see that my country has an International Airpot like this. Literally airport heaven, with lots of restaurants, cafes, a brand new Duty FREE Shop, lots of brand new and comfortable seating areas, full blasting air conditioning and the most important – well at least to me – lots of power outlets and FREE Speed WiFi. Five new jet bridges have been added to the total of Ezeiza International Airport. Every month more and more airlines are adding Argentina and Buenos Aires, as their destination, like Emirates, Qatar or the lasted addition Turkish Airlines. Other news are that from now on, you do not need to fill out any forms to enter to Argentina or to clear immigrations. Now all is done by BIOMETRICS. This has slowed down the process at immigrations, but hey not everything is perfect. I hope next step will be to have a few Global Entry Stands in the future, for Argentineans and/or members of the Mercosur. Finally for those of you having to pay the reciprocity FEE to enter to Argentina, know that they have launched this site, where you can do this tedious process upon your arrival, check this website @ Direccion Nacional de Migraciones. New Airline Lounges, VIP Lounges and restaurants, and of course even a Starbucks soon the be open. So now you know, when you depart from Ezeiza International Airport, even if you gate is on the old section, take a walk to the new section. Hopefully soon, they will close the old section and do it all over again, or at least for now, on a date with 96 degress, the will have the air conditioning working, after all, Aeropuertos Argentina 2000, you guys collects ENOUGH money everyday to keep the air flowing for a few lives. CM @ Carlos Melia Recommends