I went for a tasting at Anuva Wines in Buenos Aires last week. I liked the little-known boutique varietals and the gourmet food pairings; I liked the charming sommelier and the modern loft space in Palermo Soho. But what I really appreciated about Anuva was the chance to learn something – several things, actually – that I didn’t already know about the basics of Argentinian wine.
Love is in the air. Flower stalls overflow with red roses. The best restaurants have been booked up for weeks. And heart shaped everything – from colorful candy embossed with flirty messages to innumerable varieties of boxed chocolates – fills the shelves. That’s right, it’s Valentine’s Day again and if you’re celebrating, chances are hearts will be a part of your day.
Instead of buying another heart-shaped something, why not show your sweetie your love with an actual heart? Okay, okay, I know how that sounds, but stay with me.
It’s that time of year again – the World’s Largest Catholic Party!
The official Carnival dates for 2015 are February 13-17 and no South American nation does Carnival better than Brazil (no offense, Barranquilla!). Whether you are with the millions crowded into the beaches and blocos in Rio de Janeiro or celebrating small-time on island paradises like Fernando de Noronha, Brazil has a Carnival for you. And even in places that don’t care much for Carnival (German-settled Blumenau in Santa Cantarina, for example), you still get a multi-day holiday where nothing much else happens other than drinking. But for the uninitiated, what exactly is it?
Photo: Bridget Gleeson
I’ve been trying to get up to the top floor of Galería Güemes for some time now. That’s because the century-old building, located on Florida street in downtown Buenos Aires, offers the chance to explore three of my personal interests: wandering around inside glamorous art nouveau landmarks, staring down at cityscapes from unusual viewpoints, and creeping around the one-time stomping grounds of great writers.
On a hot summer day, few drinks replenish your body quite like an ice-cold limonada. Made from water, sugar and Peruvian limes, this tart beverage will quench your thirst and cool you off like none other. The best part about the limonada is that most restaurants make it to order, so you can get more or less sugar depending on your sweet tooth.
Photo: Pedro Kirilos
In honor of Rio de Janeiro’s 450th birthday, Riotur, the city’s tourism agency, is offering a menu of six free themed walking tours that explore Rio from urban or natural points of view – lines which are usually blurred in this gorgeous urban cityscape, anyway. The tours began earlier this month and will continue until March 1.
Photo: Natalie Southwick
Ask any Bogotá native what you should do in the city, and one of the first words out of his or her mouth will doubtless be “Monserrate.” Along with the famed Gold Museum, this mountain is one of the absolute musts on a Bogotá visitor’s to-do list, and you’ll never be forgiven if you leave the capital without making the mandatory pilgrimage to the famous peak.
So what’s the big deal about some mountain, anyway?
Photo: Eileen Smith
One of the fun things about visiting a new city is finding something perfect to bring back with you that reminds you of where you’ve been. Maybe it’s something small, like jewelry, something you forgot to pack, like a sun hat or an exquisitely woven or knitted sweater, or something you thought you’d never buy, like an antique milk bottle, scale or even a chandelier.
Santiago has a neighborhood for everything, and in fact, souvenirs aside, much of the commerce in the city is arranged in zones, where certain streets have certain items, such as Bandera for used clothes, 10 de julio for car parts, and San Diego for bicycles. And while you might not need any of the above items as souvenirs from your trip to Santiago, the following three neighborhoods might yield something more memorable or useful. And if not, or you’re just not a souvenir person, all three are also pleasant places to stroll.