Thursday, July 27, 2017

HIGH NOTES IN BUENOS AIRES

I bet by now you can't tell I enjoyed this trip? We are approaching the end of the posts, otherwise we could be here all month!!! As you can imagine there is much culture in Buenos Aires.Buenos Aires is a cultural and economic melting pot where influences from all over the world can be seen, which surprised me. For those that are interested there is an absolute wealth of activities and areas to take in and I would recommend in the region of a week or two to see them properly. But when it comes to art and dance there is no shortage of either. We did see some tango's in the streets, not to mention in private! While we didn't see a opera or ballet, I forgot my gloves and opera glasses,  we did go see the main opera house, Teatro Colón . Saying it was spectacular was a understatement.
Our tour guide told us that the main opera house in Buenos Aires, is ranked the third best opera house in the world by National Geographic, and is acoustically considered to be amongst the five best concert venues in the world. The auditorium is horseshoe-shaped, has 2,487 seats, standing room for 1,000 and a stage. The low-rise building has 6 floors above ground and 3 below ground, 7 elevators with a façade of applied masonry. It has a large central chandelier with 700 light bulbs. The original architect was the Italian Francesco Tamburini; after his death it was completed by the Belgian architect Julio Dormal. The original auditorium "had eight boxes with metal grilles and a separate entrance, so that those in mourning could still attend performances, but remain dignifiedly sequestered from public view". Who knew? But the places was just massive.
The National Museum of Decorative Arts is an art museum in Recoleta, Buenos Aires.
The museum has its origins in a marriage in 1897 between two prominent, wealthy members of turn-of-the-century Argentine high society. The couple commissioned French architect René Sergent in 1911 to design a mansion for Errazúriz's future retirement from the diplomatic corps, in which he had been Ambassador to France for a number of years. The ornate Neoclassical structure inspired the Bosch family to commission a similar palace nearby which today is the United States Ambassador's residence.Completed in 1916, the couple devoted the following two years to decorating the palace, purchasing a large volume of antiques and other objets d'art.

When Mrs. Errazúriz died in 1935, however, the widower bequeathed the mansion to the Argentine government, on his son's and daughter's advice. The National Museum of Decorative Arts was established in 1937.The museum maintains twelve exhibit halls and nine permanent collections containing over 4,000 objects including: painting, room décor, Asian art and sculpture. Truly stunning.
I adored this picture...of all things. I tried to swipe it, but was frisked. Again. 
Another museum we visited was the National Museum of Fine Arts. If you ever get to Buenos Aires and have the time, it is rather interesting to catch if you can.

The ground floor of the museum holds 24 exhibit halls housing a fine international collection of paintings from the Middle Ages up to the 20th century, together with the museum's art history library. The first floor's 8 exhibit halls contain a collection of paintings by some of the most important 20th-century Argentine painters. The second floor's two halls, completed in 1984, hold an exhibition of photographs and two sculpture terraces. There is also many well know painting from French, Mexican, Dutch, Flemish, and Scottish painters.

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

DOROTHEA TRUMP........


You came on the scene with some big ideas and promises, cutting taxes for the middle class and increase taxes on the wealthy, promises to ‘dismantle’ and drain the DC swamp, promised to maintain protections for people with pre-existing conditions, and you talked at length about how you would deliver the “best” deals for America, support American made only companies, and would give your supporters “everything,” and deliver big changes, quickly.

But instead, your Joker term hasn't delivered anything, and the your act is sinking faster than Governor Chris Christie and Kristie Alley in a tub of chocolate pudding. 

I'm sorry my dear, but you are up for elimination.......

On a side note Governor Christie is to be applauded... from me anyway, since Sandy hit he did a good thing...for two trans bills, where he bucked the GOP trend...One of the new laws seeks to establish a “supportive and nondiscriminatory environment” for transgender children in New Jersey’s schools, establishing a clear non-discrimination policy at schools and making sure that trans kids are treated in accordance with their gender identity.

The other,is a law that is targeted at healthcare provisions, and  prohibits health insurers and medical practitioners from refusing service or coverage to someone because they are transgender.

Shantay...you stay.... for now....

and after today's news, Trump has announced a ban on Transgender in the military. You fat slug....they're is probably already transgendered in the military guarding your fat ass. Some days I wanna to hit him so hard in the face, he'd have to stick his toothbrush up his ass to brush his teeth......just sashay away........

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

THING I JUST DON'T GET


Several of my favorite bloggers have did this post....Cookie, Anne Marie, RJ and Bob. It's just a simply list of 10 things you just don't get. Not to be confused with what grinds my gears though.

Things I DON'T GET....

1- Driveways, lack of use. Let me explain. In some of the housing developments here, the streets are two ways. But almost every house, cars are parked not in the garage or driveway...but the streets. So when you have two cars coming down a street someone has to let another pass, because so many cars are on it parked. Meanwhile the drive sits empty, and the garage? Walking around I've seen most packed with so much shit they can't even get the car in. I considered calling Hoarders on them! I don't own a house, but is the garage and drive of a house not suppose to be for the cars?

2-Kartrashian Family and their staying power. Reality tv for that matter.

3-the hashtag. Stil.

4-One sided views- Another explanation. I've seen it in private, at bars, parties, and even at the pool. People having conversation over everything from politics, religion, sports, music and yes still, Valentina's leaving Drag Race!!!! But what I don't get is these people are so closed minded and only their view and opinion is the right one. Can't they sit there and have a intelligent conversation and discuss and try to understand where the other is coming from? I know I have done it, and had really great conversations. If we are all going to be the same, like the same, support the same and be one-sided, what's the point in a free country or democracy? 

5-Trump. You knew this was coming. In my lifetime can say I have liked something about every president, and in most cases, like some aspects of each. A far stretch in some cases though. But I DO NOT GET THIS CIRCUS. It is humiliating.

6- Lack of Acceptance of nudity-  In 2017 people still get embarrassed by nudity, and have a taboo view of. We all have the same thing, and the human form is some of the best art around.

7-Gays who don't accept the whole community.

8-Aniaml cruelty. No excuse for it....EVER.

9- Overload of tattoos.

10-Scrapple.

What are some things you just don't get?

GRANDE DAME......


Holly Box-Springs is a charming ingénue with a dash of spice! Although a seven-year resident of New York City, this Queen has not forgotten her Southern roots...or manners. Growing up in Texas, she came out at the age of 14 with the full support of her family & friends. In fact, when she started doing drag after moving to New York, her parents became her biggest fans & supporters!
Hope Box-Springs made her drag debut at Paige Turner's "So You Think You Can Drag" a little over two years ago, where she was adopted by  the fabulous queen Chelsea Piers. Since then, she has become a full-time Queen, scooping up gigs wherever she goes. With sisters that include Tina Burner & Logan Hardcore, Queens known for their kindness - she has created an incredibly supportive nightlife family. And she is a hoot.

Monday, July 24, 2017

SHOPPING IN BUENOS AIRES

Just because we were away, doesn't mean I didn't check out some of the shopping while away. While I'm not always shopping, or a huge shopper, I'm one to shop in stages, but the Palermo section in Buenos Aires is renown for its artsy ambiance and independent designer boutiques. A trendy neighborhood in the northeastern part of the city, the district has, over the course of the past few years, become the heart of Buenos Aires style for the trendy and fashionista's our front desk concierge told us. One of the best places we went in was El Ateneo Grand.

Loved the columns up top! They looked like men holding up the balcony. But what was so special about this place? It was just a bookshop.....
El Ateneo Grand Splendid is one of the best known bookshops in Buenos Aires. In 2008, The Guardian placed it as the second most beautiful bookshop in the world. The building was designed by the architects Peró and Torres Armengol for the empresario Max Glücksmann , and opened as a theatre called Teatro Gran Splendid in May 1919. Years later the ornate former theatre was leased by Grupo Ilhsa in February 2000, who owns El Ateneo and Yenny booksellers, as well as the El Ateneo publishing house. The building was subsequently renovated and converted into a book and music shop. The cinema seating was removed and in its place book shelves were installed. Following refurbishment works, El Ateneo Grand Splendid became the group's flagship store, and over a million people walk through its doors annually. Why can we not here in America take a note from their book? I love when buildings can be given new life like this. Chairs are provided throughout the building, including the still-intact theatre boxes, where customers can dip into books before purchase, and there is now a café on  what was once the stage. The ceiling, the ornate carvings, the crimson stage curtains, the auditorium lighting and many architectural details remain. Despite the changes, the building still retains the feeling of the grand theatre it once was. It was very cool to see.

Another thing I noticed was the good looking men of Buenos Aires and South America....and are great dressers and quite handsome. Like reader Adrino who was kind of enough to show us around for a few days who hails from Brazil and flew in to meet us. We had been emailing for months before. ME OHHH MY.
What was I saying????

  Oh yes...handsome men. Sweats and sneakers won't cut it here. I learned that leather is top notch in Buenos Aires.In a city famous for its steaks, you’ll come across many leather shops and, in particular, family-run businesses and tailors who will measure you up and create bespoke leather goods tailored to your precise specs and style. The top five pieces currently for many men must haves were leather jacket, leather shoes, statement shirts, weekend leather bag, and hats of all kinds. I actually took several hats with me though, but I was in the mood for a short sleeve floral shirt, to no avail finding one before leaving on vacation. I did find a shop that had several, and had two fitted for me in a trim fit.I was so happy to find some patterns I liked and they were ready in two days.
Another weakness of mine is home décor shops. I'm a huge whore when it come to home shops. Even though I knew I wouldn't be bringing any large items home, I wanted to check out some. One in particular I loved... the unmissable boutique Wathemala. Located slightly further out the district, the shop is a destination for all things interior-décor, stocking a line of modern household objects with antique twists. Come here and dig through vases, candleholders, and teapots galore.
Whether you’re coming to Buenos Aires for the very first time or are making a return trip to bolster your wardrobe and redecorate your home, plan on devoting at least a day to wander around Palerm. Not to mention all the open air markets. Another difference I noticed between the States and Buenos Aires was there seemed to be not many chains, but mostly locally and family owned business. Very nice.  

MONDAY MOMENTS.....

It was a long week for the Mistress last week. Having the Lad and Daddy Warbucks is quite a feat for one week. It has taken me all weekend to relax.  So this Monday we will take it easy and just enjoy some wonderful landscapes I enjoy. I adore my jewels ....and I'm quite sure none of you are about to complain!!!!!

I bet your all awake now!!!!
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