Michael Luongo with President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner in the Casa Rosada's Presidential Office
.......no matter your political affiliation.....there's nothing like meeting with President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner, the President of Argentina, and talking about the importance of the Frommer's Buenos Aires guidebook in the Casa Rosada............read on about my books, articles, photo lectures and life in Buenos Aires!
I am America's #1 Evita expert!
Be on the lookout for my new New York Times article, just before Evita goes into previews on Broadway, all about Evita and Buenos Aires. You will find two links below, one mainly for the text of the article which was the cover of the Sunday, March 11, 2012 Travel section with more history and the link to the web Interactive with photos and maps:
History and Text from March 11, 2012 - Evita's Buenos Aires:
And contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org for media appearances and interviews about Evita!
The Fourth Edition Frommer's Buenos Aires
All New for 2011/2012!
Frommer's Buenos Aires Fourth Edition This is the most popular U.S. published guidebook to Buenos Aires, bought by nearly 1 in 10 Americans visiting Argentina. Together with family and friends, almost 40% of all Americans visiting Argentina rely on my advice and expertise. Shouldn't you?
Or get at your local neighborhood bookstore...it is very important to support them.....in New York, visit the fantastic travel bookstore Idlewild in Manhattan's FlatIron/Chelsea area.......the book is also available in Buenos Aires at bookstores on Calle Florida, like Distal and El Ateneo.....email me at email@example.com to purchase autographed copies for $25 including U.S. shipping and handling.
The classic and collectible Frommer's Buenos Aires First Edition released in 2005 during Frommer's 50th Anniversary, shown below with the tango couple, remains for sale in limited quantities with signed copies at $200 each, including U.S. shipping and handling.
The Frommer's Argentina Third Edition
All New for 2011/2012!
Frommer's Argentina Third Edition
And to make your stay complete, get a copy of Frommer's Argentina Third Edition. I worked on this book with Christie Pashby and Charlie O'Malley, long time residents of Argentina.
Or get at your local neighborhood bookstore...it is very important to support them.....in New York, visit the fantastic travel bookstore Idlewild in Manhattan's FlatIron/Chelsea area.......the book is also available in Buenos Aires at bookstores on Calle Florida, like Distal and El Ateneo.....email me at firstname.lastname@example.org to purchase autographed copies for $30 including U.S. shipping and handling.
After writing so many articles and books on Buenos Aires, I started to get a nickname......many started calling me "Mister. Buenos Aires" the one everyone turned to for the latest information on this exciting destination, the one many people consider America's favorite travel writer on Buenos Aires and Argentina.
When I made the decision to move to Buenos Aires to write the Frommer's Buenos Aires First Edition, America's best selling guide book on the Argentine Capital, my Italian-American father let me in on a family secret. His father had long planned to move to Argentina from Italy, rather than the United States and always regretted his decision. I don't know if I would have ever been born if the circumstances were different, but one thing is for sure: I might have been born in the United States, but my soul found its way to Argentina one way or another.
My name is Michael Luongo, and I am one of America's most prolific writers on Argentina. In addition to my Frommer's work, I have written about or photographed Argentina for the New York Times, the Chicago Tribune, National Geographic Traveler, Town & Country Travel, Bloomberg News, Budget Travel, Business Traveler, Out Traveler, the Advocate, and many other publications.
Some of my experiences in Argentina seem like dreams, or myths, and like that of no other travel writer.
When Juan Peron was reburied in October of 2006, I rode with his coffin through the streets of Buenos Aires. It was surreal beyond belief to experience first hand, and at the coffin itself, the love and the agony of hundreds of thousands of Argentines paying their respects, decades after his death. I was in the crypt of the new mausoluem itself in San Vicente, surrounded by the violent masses fighting for his body. It is hard to explain to Americans back home in my country what it was like to see men with blood pouring all over their faces shouting, "Peron, Peron."
Another only in Buenos Aires experience was wearing Evita's favorite perfume, dabbed from the bottle she last used before her death more than half a century ago. It gave new meaning to the phrase the scent of a woman, for it was the scent of Evita herself I was able to experience for an evening, her spirit seemingly around me with every breath I took.
Beyond the mythic Perons, my experiences in Argentina fall into the pop and now.....I have hung out with Dutchess Fergie during the Polo Championships. Lord knows, the war more than 25 years ago means nothing to the Brits and the Argentines when it's Polo season. And I sat down at the piano with Charly Garcia. If you're an American, Canadian or a European reading this, you might wonder, who is that? And so did I at first. But ask your Argentine friends....it's like sitting down at the piano with Paul McCartney or Bruce Springsteen, he is Argentina's preeminent rockstar.
It is these experiences and more which suffuse my writing on the country, and which keep me coming back. Explore my links, peruse my photos, buy my books. Then you'll know why they call me "Mister Buenos Aires"!!!
The classic First Edition Frommer's Buenos Aires, issued in 2005 during the Frommer's 50th Anniversary year. Available in limited quantities as a collectible signed copy for only $200, including U.S. shipping and handling.
From a letter to my readers in 2005:
Streets that look like Paris, warm hearts and souls that lead to long conversations and more, late nights out dancing until the sun comes out over the Rio de la Plata. If you know me, you know how much I love Buenos Aires. I'm already one of America's best writers on the city, and I recently completed the Frommer's First Edition Buenos Aires guidebook. It had always been a dream of mine to live in the city, and with this book, my love poem to Buenos Aires and her people, my wish came true. Let my experiences and love for Buenos Aires be your guide to this wonderful city.
This book has become the best selling U.S. published guidebook to Buenos Aires, bought by 1 in 10 Americans heading to Argentina. As the book is shared by couples and familes, nearly 40% of Americans rely on my advice to make sure their experience in Buenos Aires is the best. Shouldn't you?
I am available for photo lectures and consultations on Buenos Aires and Argentina, along with other areas of Latin America, and on the Middle East, another area I where I frequently travel.
Is your company relocating to Argentina or sending someone on a business trip? Do you need a cultural consultant to discuss the country, or even to provide a photo lecture before your trip to help you make the most of it?
Contact me for more information.
When not traveling, my home base in New York City.
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