Day 77 - A day with Evita
Trip Start Sep 30, 2012
105Trip End Jan 09, 2013
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When we walked out the rain had stopped so we strolled along the parks area and marveled at the lovely statues that look over the greenery. We walked past the museum of design and the other of fine arts. We decided to carry on to the Recoleta cemetery while the rain was holding off.
What a crazy place. Who would have thought that a cemetery could become such a tourist attraction. The cemetery takes up a huge part of the city and is filled from start to finish with massive mausoleums all cramped together. Alley upon alley of creepy crypts some covered with the most incredible statues and stonework. We walked the alleys, peeped into some of the crypts and read the plaques on the outside. Unfortunately the English free guided tour wasn't available on a Sunday so we had to just find our way around. It would have been great to have had a tour as we believe the cemetery offers great insights into the history of the country through the lives of the rich and famous. We made our way to Eva Perons tomb. It was actually built by her sister to house the body of her husband (we think) but is now the Duarte family tomb. Now everyone visits it because of Eva's body. The story around Eva's body is also fascinating. She was embalmed and the body was taken from Argentina when the government was overthrown and buried in a graveyard in Italy under a different name
After the cemetery we went into a mall nearby that offered a great view of the cemetery from above. Took some pics and then started our walk back to the hotel. We stopped at a cafe and enjoyed some late lunch. There are street side cafes everywhere and bakeries seem so be very popular. Very European feel about the place.
We returned to our hotel and had a rest before heading out for our first tango lesson. We walked the streets for a bit but eventually found it. We just paid our money walked in and there was a large group of people in a circle learning the steps. We joined in and then were divided into beginners and advanced. We had a great time learning the steps and rotating partners. The best surprise was that Carol's sister, Sarah, was at the same class. What are the chances! We couldn't believe it when we saw her in the same tango lesson in Buenos Aires. She usually lives in Paris but has been living in Buenos Aires doing Spanish lessons with her boyfriend for the last month or so. Who knew? Such a weird coincidence. We loved the class and managed to get a bit of the tango feel going. Will have to practice at home. After the lesson the instructors did a little performance for us. Brilliant and so passionate.
We headed out then with Sarah, her boyfriend and two friends to a restaurant nearby. Anton enjoyed his first Argentinian steak. The others shared a mixed grill type platter. A giant heap of different meats arrived. We had a super time talking about travels and what life was like for them in Paris and Buenos Aires. Considering dinner started at 22:30 we finished up after 01:00 and walked back to the hotel. It was a wonderful way to end our day in Buenos Aires. Great fun all round.