Buenos Aires – Argentina

What’s new Buenos Aires? I’m new, I wanna say I’m just a little stuck on you.  ~ Andrew Lloyd Weber and Tim Rice

It had been ten years since we had visited the city and our return reminded us why we fell in love with this city once before. 

It’s easy to get “stuck on” this gorgeous city. It may be the second largest metropolitan area in South America, but it’s definitely number one in style.  Wherever you look there is beauty.  B.A.’s architecture, it’s monuments, it’s people, it’s parks and even it’s shrines to her fallen are gorgeous.  Each of the districts of the city have there own unique flavor and charm.  In each you’ll find treasures, weather it be food or fabulous shopping finds (and there are a plethora of both for everyone’s tastes).  Then there is the food and wine… how much can one person eat and drink in a day?  The answer is – a lot!  Fine dining is abound, but, even the whole in the wall empanada place has amazing wine to accompany it’s beautifully wrapped meaty treats.  Currently, the major bonus is the value.  As visitors to Argentina, the dollar goes a long way.  You’re bags will be full of goodies to bring home, your bellies full of food and your pockets will be surprisingly happy too.

Unfortunately, today Argentina’s economy is broken.  It’s seems to be a eight to ten year pattern there.  There are some noticeable signs around town.  There is a bit more graffiti on the walls of certain neighborhoods, though some of the graffiti is actually art and pretty fantastic.  The difficult times have also brought a rise in petty crime.   Everybody seems to be talking about it in Argentina and abroad.  However, we felt safe and comfortable getting around by car and on foot.  We were cautious, but never worried.  The key in safety anywhere in the world is knowing yourself and your surroundings and most importantly not looking like a target. 

Buenos Aires is one of those cities where you get home and tell all your friends “I’m moving there!”  Go see it for yourself and discover why.  If you’ve already been, maybe it’s time for your return.  You’re different and so is the city. 

Here is how we spent our four full days in B.A. Enjoy the travel video:  Buenos Aires. 

Stay: Enjoy special EFYW perks when booking any of the 5* hotels below.

Do:  Visit the neighborhoods…

  • Recoleta:  Chick and boutique.  World class luxury and du jour to do’s everywhere.  The architecture is particularly grand here.  Don’t miss the cemetery or museums!
  • Palermo:  It’s like Melrose, but better!  Colorful and trendy.  Hipsters and hippies unite.
  • San Telmo:  Antiques galore.  Cobblestone streets, cafes and finds everywhere you look.
  • Puerto Madero:  Last time we were in B.A. there was no reason to come to this neighborhood. Things have changed.  The young, wealthy and in vogue have taken over and they’ve declared it the place to be.  Design, fashion and cocktails are here.  Cheers!

Eat & Drink:

  • Puerto Cerrados – A variety of closed door restaurants in private homes.
  • Arumburu BIS
  • Heirbabuena
  • Sucre
  • La Parolaccia – Casa Tua Palermo
  • Floreria Atlantico
  • El Sanjuanino
  • La Brigada

Shop: 

  • If you’re good, well tell you.

Let’s start planning your visit to Buenos Aires and beyond!  www.edenforyourworld.com

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La Residence, Franschhoek – South Africa

La Residence

We can safely say that we’ve stayed at some incredible properties around the world… and, we can now say with confidence that La Residence is among the best of the best!

La Residence is located in the quaint town of Franschhoek, just about an hours drive from Cape Town, South Africa. Perched atop a hill, surrounded by it’s fruit orchards, vegetable gardens and vineyard, the hotel’s suites offer stunning views of valley’s landscape. La Residence houses eleven unique suites in it’s main building and five free standing villas (each with private pools). Each room’s interior is decorated with a different color palette and in it’s own style. They’re opulent, yet warm and comfortable. And, the beds… they’re amazing! It’s hard to choose a favorite here, as they are all so beautiful and special in their own way. It’s like choosing a favorite child, as you love them all. The small thoughtful details throughout the property convey a sense of place and belonging.

It may be hard to step away from the property, but there is much to explore in the region. Wine, of course, is the number one attraction for foreign and local visitors! There are over eight hundred wineries in the area surrounding Franschhoek and the nearby town of Stellenbosch. One can spend months exploring this beautiful area and tasting their way around the fantastic wineries. But, there is so much more to do as well. This is a great destination for the art lover, the shopper, the hiker, the biker, the golfer and the foodie! There is definitely plenty to keep everyone happy.

The location is great, the hotel is absolutely beautiful, but, it’s the staff that really brings it all together at La Residence. They are absolutely fabulous. Every encounter with each member is a pleasure. The perfect mix of great service and great personality.

Most recently, 2013, the hotel was voted “Best Hotel in the World” by readers of Condé Nast Traveler. See why La Residence is repeatedly on the top lists of hotels around the world. Watch the video.

Watch our video of Cape Town and Surrounds, including the gorgeous wine region!

Contact Eden For Your World to plan your stay at La Residence.

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