Buenos Aires in 3 days

Buenos Aires has the right size for a nice few days’ city break. Quite European (especially for the architecture), yet with a very South American soul. I recently spent there 3 days and hired a guide (Jessica) from BuenosTours. Can’t but recommend her! Let’s see the places I discovered.

Aeroparque domestic airport, close to Buenos Aires' city center
Aeroparque domestic airport, close to Buenos Aires’ city center

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Duque Hotel: a gem in Buenos Aires

Duque hotel in Buenos Aires may be the accommodation with best value for money I’ve ever been to. Located in the neighbourhood of Palermo, it’s a charmingly small and cozy boutique hotel. City center is easily reached with a metro ride.

What I liked

  • the intimate atmosphere
  • the lovely garden and sitting area around the pool
  • the beautiful entrance
  • the location in trendy and quiet Palermo
  • the friendly and smiling staff

What I didn’t like

  • for 130 USD per night, there really isn’t anything to complain about…!
Poolside, Duque hotel
Poolside

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KLM business class (experienced on the B787)

Having had an outdated business class product for long, KLM finally caught up other main airlines with lie-flat seats and fresh-looking business cabin (on selected aircrafts).

Their Dreamliner’s herring-bone configuration is great for privacy (+ direct aisle access from every seat!), but not that nice when travelling with a companion (where BA’s “yin yang” configuration is perfect). KLM’s use of beautiful dutch Delft Blue pottery for tableware is a nice touch. You also get a miniature porcelain house at the end of the flight as a souvenir (which is in fact a small bottle of liquor, and quite tricky to open…). I found the crew very friendly (especially in comparison with TK). Food wasn’t the best I’ve had on long-haul business class, but totally decent. During service try their signature Flying Dutchman drink (great as an aperitif!). Access to self-service drinks during flight could be improved (it was easier to use economy class’ self-service bar than finding an attendant to ask for a glass of water… ). One big minus was the non-functioning wi-fi (both ways). I’m totally ok with the fact there isn’t wi-fi on a plane, but if you decide to offer this feature you have to make it work properly.

Whereas I wouldn’t pay for KLM’s old business class, the new one is worth the extra money on long flights. It’s funny though how fast long-haul business class products are evolving. Lie-flat seats haven’t been around for that many years and some airlines (I mean Delta and Qatar Airways) have already announced the upgrade of their business class cabin with suites (previously found only in Middle Eastern carrier’s first class)…! Let’s see how far this evolution will go.

KLM business class window seat
KLM business class window seat

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Classy lunch at La place de Mougins

Escape the hustle and bustle of hectic French Riviera to the charming village of Mougins, only a few minutes away from Cannes on a hilltop. There French chef Denis F√©tisson runs two different restaurants and I recently had lunch at one of them, called La Place de Mougins.¬†Lunching in gourmet restaurants is a great way to enjoy those fine venues’ fancy menus in a faster (and less expensive) way. At La Place de Mougins dishes were as good as they look, so let the pictures talk:

Mise en bouche #1, La Place de Mougins
Mise en bouche #1

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Discover Magdalen Islands

The Magdalen islands are fascinating. Located right in the middle of the Gulf of Saint Lawrence, they are not easy to reach but totally rewarding and worth the effort. So take the plane (expensive but fast) or a ferry-boat from Montreal (expensive and slow), from Chandler (giving you the opportunity to also visit beautiful Gaspesia) or from Souris on Prince Edward Island (the least expensive option and fastest boat connection). Try to spend a week there to fully enjoy the laid-back atmosphere of these very special and highly photogenic islands.

Houses in the Magdalen Islands
Houses in the Magdalen Islands

 

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