Hello Travelers, look, I’m up here! Welcome to Alan x el Mundo VIP Buenos Aires Travelers, I believe that in this VIP episode I’m going to stop being the ‘president’ of the Traveling Republic, to become the ‘prince’ of the Traveling Reign, because this place is a palace! Actually even it’s name states it, it is the Alvear Palace. The hotel is unbelievable, and it is probably the hotel with more history and tradition in all of Buenos Aires. The Alvear, is a synonym of luxury in Buenos Aires, a hotel full of history. It has over 200 rooms, and it is frequently used by celebrities visiting the city. It is the most awarded hotel in Latin America, and in 2003 it was declared a historical monument of Buenos Aires. An area of the hotel was recently renovated, giving it a modern look with exclusive spaces, as well as one of the few roof tops of the city, which is spectacular to have a drink as night falls. Please, check out my room! Welcome to the Traveling Republic’s prince suite. Just look at this! I have a spectacular living room here, right there is my desk, to wrk and edit my videos, and over here, we have my own dining room, here we have a closet, and over here, one of the two bathrooms. Follow me over here, I’m going to show you my amazing bedroom! Rooms starting at $408 usd A huge closet, and just look at this bathroom, Travelers, I have a problem, because, due to my rib injury, I can’t do the mattress test, and this will be the first VIP episode where I can’t do it and that’s creating me a conflict, but health comes first, and Buenos Aires has a lot of VIP options waiting for us, and I want to show them to you, I’m very happy, life is good, life is good, life is good, life is good! This is happiness! Look Travelers, what they sent me, alfajores are a very traditional caramel cookie confections here in Argentina as well as in Uruguay, there are several brands that make them, yet this one, which is called “La Olla de Cobre”, is the one I wanted to take you to in Areco, but was closed, and they sent me some, just look at this beauty! This is really good! I love you alfajor, I love you! Travelers, in a recent video I told you about the important Theater Tradition here in Buenos Aires, yet since we are VIP right now, if we are talking about theaters, the one behind me is the top one. The most beautiful, the most spectacular, the most incredible, so let’s go see the ‘Teatro Colón’. Welcome to the ‘Teatro Colón’, my name is Cynthia, and I will be your guide, we will be exploring the ‘Teatro Colón’, which is an Opera house, so for the most part the shows that are presented here are Operas, Ballets, and symphonic music concerts. This building is 108 years old, they started building it in 1890, and opened on May 25th, 1908. There were several problems, thus, the construction was delayed, because the architect who had presented the blue prints, and was designated for the project died from an illness, so they chose another architect from Italian origin, just like the first one, yet the second architect also died, and at the same age as his predecesor. The second architect was murdered by his wife’s lover, who was his ex-butler, so as you can see, everything was very dramatic and connected to the Opera, right from the beginning, therefore various styles are combined, because there were several people in charge yet the idea was always to combine European styles, therefore it’s an eclectic building. We are now at the foyer, which is the main entrance, and you can see that the main, the honor staircase, is quite wide and spacious, this is because it was thought of as some kind of stage. In 1908, when this theater opened in Buenos Aires, there were not many options to go out to, therefore it was very important to be seen and noticed, that’s why the main entrance is surrounded by balconies, so that the people up there could look down and see who came, and who they came with, what were they wearing. The people with the most expensive tickets enter the theater through here. We are now in the Busts Gallery, people come here mainly during show intermissions to have a drink, or comment on the show. This space is called the Busts Gallery because of all the sculptures, the busts located above the doors, which is a tribute to some of the Opera’s greatest composers, and Buenos Aires people’s favorites. We are now in the Golden Hall, this is a space where people come to socialize during the show’s intermissions, as well as before, and after the shows. Here’s a piano here, and they can put some chairs close to it, because some auditions take place here, master classes and chamber concerts. Chamber concerts are often open to the public and free of charge, so that everyone can come and witness them. Over here we can see the style of the third architect, who studied at a French academy, and he wanted to imitate some of the halls found in Paris, or Versailles, so that the people who came to Buenos Aires back then could feel part of the luxury and architectonic splendor, of those buildings they visited during their travels. So, they also imported all of the materials from Europe. In this case, all the furniture is original. The Teatro Colón goes beyond what the building means, and the impressive architectonic work, it is also an artistic institution concerned with educating and creating the new artists, tomorrow’s artists, as well as today’s, here in Argentina. Plus, it’s one of the few theaters in the world in which everything related to the wardrobes, the scenography, and utility is all done inside. There are three levels underground, and it is much bigger down there than up here. There are wardrobe workshops, they rehearse here, they do everything here, and in fact, they sometimes rent some of those pieces of wardrobe, to other operas in the world. So from Argentina, to the world. Well, we’ll keep going with the special visit, and we’ll see a place that is closed to the public, because we’ll see the box seat of the president of the nation. This box is reserved for the president and his guests, and never for sale to the public. Let’s see it. Over here they can invite friends, so they have all this space for them, and over here is the box itself. It also has its own bathroom, closet, and an exit, but usually, they just go through the normal one, where everyone in this floor goes, the second floor, and it is the most expensive place to buy seats. Here is the box itself, very close to the stage. I strongly recommend that you visit the Teatro Colón. It is incredible, very impressive, although it wasn’t turned on, seeing how they prepared the lights and everything, it was truly amazing. Cynthia was an amazing guide, and a recommendation, this is open every day from 9 to 5, but, you can buy your tickets online beforehand, which is better, or to get here by noon because it is popular, and they sell out. Right? That’s right. We’ll wait for you here. Thank you Cynthia, incredible guide, what a pleasure. Today I felt very VIP. Wait for my next recital here in Teatro Colón. A VIP traveler is not just one that goes to the best places, but the one that gets involved, who researches, who reads, who is informed about the places he’s going to see. I think that reading along with traveling are the two activities that bring us the most knowledge. So…where do you get books? If you want a borrowed one, you’ll need to go to a library. Or, if you want to buy one, you’ll need to go to a bookstore. And, since we’re VIP, we are in one of the best ones in the world. Welcome to “El Ateneo Grand Splendid”. The store is located where the old theater, “Grand Splendid”, was opened in 1919 , where great figures went, like Carlos Gardel, It was renovated and re-opened as a bookstore in 2000, and titled as the second most beautiful one, according to a British diary. Travelers, this place is incredible. It’s a bookstore. You can buy all the books you want, there’s a cafeteria located in the old stage, entry is free, you can come, take pictures, walk around, read, sit down, and enjoy. Enjoy? Enjoy. I love this place. I truly do. Travelers, this spectacular dinner is in the hotel’s restaurant, called “La Bourgogne”. It is catalogued as one of the 10 best in the city. And so far, everything has been delicious. To start off, I asked for some salmon tartar, which was delicious. My star dish is a flamed loin which is prepared right here on the table, and they put some Cognac, so a lot of fire comes out, and it is a show. Honestly, it is a big piece of meat. It’s a French restaurant, but since we’re in Argentina, they also have their grill, and different kinds of meat so you can eat what you want, or some of the more famous French dishes. Bon appetit, travelers. This dinner has been exquisit, delicious… Obviously accompanied by wine of Mendoza. I’m such an expert now. Sorry, dad! Day 22 If there’s a VIP way to live in Buenos Aires, there is one to die, too. This is the famous cementery, “La Recoleta”. One of the most visited places in the city. Considered by many an outdoors museum. This cementery is located in one of the wealthiest neighborhoods in the city, and it holds the final resting place of many of the wealthiest families of Buenos Aires, who spent fortunes to make family tombs of high artistic level. It is worth it to go through it, and discover its sculptures. Many of the tombs are in a bad state, and with exposed coffins, which gives it a dismal touch. But the real attractive in this cementery is the art on the mausoleums. There are many stories related to the tombs of this place, that you can know by hiring a guide. Although there is no question that the star of the cementery is the tomb of Evita Peron, filled with commemorative plaques, and memories of those who visit her. If you want to know more about this story, visit her museum in Palermo. Where parts of her controversial wardrobe are exposed, along with personal objects, and they tell you the story of possibly the most well known character in Argentina. Buenos Aires VIP is ending, travelers, too bad, everything must come to an end. Do you realize that in every VIP episode, I start smiling but end up crying? That’s how life is! What once made us laugh will later make us cry, and what once made us cry, will later make us laugh. That’s what life is. But well, the luxury is over. Buenos Aires, what an incredible city you are, what a precious hotel, what a spectacular city. It’s over, but my trip is not. I will continue traveling through Argentina. Bye… Goodbye to my town! My travelers! Next episode: Today is Sunday, and it is the perfect day to show you two incredible places in Buenos Aires. The oldest neighborhood, and the newest one. This is the very famous plaza Dorrego. The heart of San Telmo. Travelers, we are now crossing the “Puente de la Mujer”.