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    Murderers next door: The Clan director on Argentina's bloodthirsty Puccio family They were a family of kidnappers and killers who shocked 1980s Argentina. So what happened when Pablo Trapero decided to track down their descendents?When Pablo Trapero was 13, growing up in the rough-edged district of La Matanza outside Buenos Aires, his father gave him a warning. It was 1985...

    STEP-BY-STEP GUIDE TO THE PERFECT ARGENTINE ASADO The fastest way to make enemies in Argentina is to compare the asado to a barbecue. It’s the same, right? No, the locals will tell you, through gritted teeth, it is not the same. Your gas-fuelled blow-torching of conveyor-belt beef patties has nothing in common with our sacred asado. They’ve got a point....

    TELL ME HOW YOU CELEBRATE, I’LL TELL YOU WHAT TO UNCORK There aren’t many days on the calendar that offer an excuse to toast the old man, remember those who aren’t there yet, or celebrate a first Father’s Day when it’s time for a debut. Every celebration, every encounter, every get-together, deserves a special wine. But what should you buy? What...

    Get the grapes in! Mendoza’s Vendimia Harvest Festival Mooching around Mendoza’s vineyards is never a bad idea, but head there at the end of summer and you’ll be lucky enough to catch the cultural highlight of the Mendocino calendar – la Fiesta de la Vendimia. Vendimia literally means grape harvest, when fincas (wine estates) across the region are bursting with...

    MENDOZA’S TOP 5 CAFÉS You notice very fast that the people of Mendoza take their café culture seriously. Spending a day strolling the streets of Argentina’s wine capital you breathe in the atmosphere of a city where people enjoy life and sits in cafés sipping coffee and chatting. As one of the most European-like cities in Argentina, it’s no wonder...

    THE BEST CORNERS IN BUENOS AIRES FOR ANY SOCIAL OCASSION Buenos Aires is a city for living. Weekday or weekend, morning or evening, Argentina’s capital is abuzz with joie de vivre, and nowhere is this more apparent than on the city’s corners. Yes, that sacred space at the end of every block where the buildings’ edges clip back at all...

    TOP FREE THINGS TO DO IN BUENOS AIRES What’s better than spending time in Buenos Aires? Spending time in Buenos Aires without spending any money. BA can be expensive but enjoying the city doesn’t have to cost the earth. Find free museums, gardens gratis, parks for zero pesos, and no-cost guided tours. Be part of the Buenos Aires experience for...

    RUN BA RUN “That’s a terrible idea!” my ever-supportive wife exclaimed when I told her I was doing a running guide to Buenos Aires for The Real Argentina. “It’s the worst place in the world to go for a run.” As runners best described as ‘reasonably keen’ rather than enthusiasts, we went for a run most days from our apartment...

    Romance in Argentina: Dating Tips and Advice This is not a Facebook relationship status but trust me, it’s complicated. Embarking on the minefield which is Latin dating can be riddled with uneven paths and furious explosions as well as tears, suffering and angst. Over the top? No way, José – I was married to an Argentine for nine years and...

    CUATRO ESQUINAS: FOUR NOTABLE CORNER BARS IN BUENOS AIRES You’ve got a favourite corner bar in Buenos Aires, haven’t you? Whichever neighbourhood you live in or have stayed in, there’s surely one watering-hole, a bar de la esquina, that’s captured your heart. Thanks to their very architecture, corner bars in Buenos Aires tend to be the prettiest, standing out for...

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