9.03.2015

across the river in uruguay

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while we were in buenos aires, we decided to take a ferry across the widest river in the world and spend a day in uruguay! it was pretty fun to take a quick boat ride to another country {and i was especially excited because uruguay brought my country count up to fifty!}. the little cobblestoned town of colonia del sacramento is perfectly charming and was a nice contrast to the bustle of buenos aires.

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^^ soon after we got off the ferry and started to walk into town, we saw these colorful sidewalks. i was instantly sold on this place! ^^
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^^ and then there was bougainvillea everywhere! i love it. ^^
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^^ i love this boy and his signature arms-stretched-out pose. seriously, he’s the cutest. ^^
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^^ apparently along with cobblestones and bougainvillea, colonia is known for having lots of vintage cars. random, but lovely! ^^
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^^ we climbed to the top of the lighthouse overlooking the wide, wide river separating uruguay and argentina. ^^
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^^ ^^ views from the top! ^^ ^^
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^^ this particular cobblestoned street is named “the street of sighs” ^^
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^^ we serendipitously came across this random rooftop view! ^^
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^^ ian had a fascination with stray dogs wherever we went. ^^
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^^ while we waited for the ferry back to argentina, we played a few rousing rounds of nerts. so much card playing on this trip of ours! i really don’t know why i continue to enjoy playing with ian because he basically creams me every single time. ^^
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^^ skyline views as we re-approached buenos aires at sunset time. ^^

pretty neat to get a peek into uruguay!

9.02.2015

own hotels, buenos aires

during our time in buenos aires, we stayed at the own grand palermo soho hotel. by the time we got to buenos aires, we had been traveling for over two months, and we were pretty exhausted. the complete comfort and exemplary service at own palermo soho was so good for our travel-worn bodies and spirits!

this hotel is part of a network of hotels in buenos aires (and soon branching out to montevideo). we were lucky enough to stay at one and visit two other own hotels. we were so impressed with the modern sleek design, the balanced amenities, and the amazing service from staff in all three instances. we also thoroughly enjoyed the little extras (read about them below) included with each room. own hotels are located in palermo, which is a super vibrant and fun part of the city. when you find yourself in buenos aires, make sure you stay at an own hotel!

below are some pictures from our stay at own grand palermo soho, our visit to own palermo hollywood and our stop in at pop, own’s budget hotel.

own grand palermo soho ---

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^^ each night, staff left us each a fresh water bottle and a dulche de leche treat, along with a weather report for the next day! i thought that was the greatest touch! i also love the funky, colorful halls at the grand palermo soho. ^^
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^^ that vertical garden in the lobby is exquisite! works perfectly with the bright red theme throughout the hotel, i say! ^^
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^^ delicious breakfast that came with our room, and such a lovely spot to eat and start out each new day! ^^
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^^ there’s also this fantastic outdoor space to eat and hang out in, when it’s a bit warmer outside! :) ^^
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^^ view of the outdoor space from above! ^^
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^^ and red flip flops for each guest – i love that! ^^
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the own grand also has a rooftop pool and hot tub as well as a great little gym space for working out. it was too cold for us to take a dip in the pool, but we enjoyed an evening in the hot tub and a couple of mornings in the gym!

own palermo hollywood ---

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^^ from the minute you walk in the lobby, own palermo hollywood feels colorful, comfortable, cheerful! ^^
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^^ the balcony space at all three hotels is so nice! ^^
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^^ some street art snaps to give you an idea of the palermo neighborhood. it’s perfectly gritty and leafy and trendy. ^^

pop hotel ---

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^^ and at pop, from the very entryway the space feels so fun! ^^
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^^ i think this is so nice for a budget hotel! all the necessities with a little flair but nothing fancy! ^^
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^^ there isn’t breakfast space at pop hotel, but guests can request hot crossoints delivered to their bedrooms in the morning! that almost sounds better than a breakfast buffet! and ^^ here’s a neat little library alcove on one of the floors – guests can take and leave books as the please. ^^

own hotels are stylish, super clean and comfortable, in excellent locations, affordable (especially pop), and absolutely delightful to stay in.

{this post is written in partnership with own hotels. all opinions are certainly our own!}

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