Buenos Aires with a visit to La Recoleta Cemeterio

Trip Start Feb 17, 2010
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Trip End Apr 15, 2010


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Tuesday, March 9, 2010


I love Buenos Aires...there are wide sidewalks with tile patterns, huge trees
shading the sidewalks, lots of energy, lots of good food, friendly and helpful
people although many of them cannot understand either my English or my Spanish
such that it is. 

I potsed around first thing trying to figure out if we had to move, picked up my laundry, looked for a camping store.  I ended up packing up all my things and leaving my bags at the Hotel Reina.

After beginning to get my bearings, I went to the
Recoleta cemetery where Eva Peron and many, many other famous Argentinians are
entombed in mausoleums like the ones in New Orleans.  Here most are very ornate.
They are tall so it almost looks like a mini city with skyscrapers.  I had fun
taking photos of all the different designs and sculptures etc.  Recoleta is a
higher class neighborhood so I saw what I had imagined the typical woman from
Buenos Aires would look like - very well put together. 

After the cemetery, I moved and came back to the same hotel because there still was no room at the Hotel Reina. I went looking for
my camping gear again and the street with bookshops...There didn{t seem to be a good
selection of English books in the shops so I gave up on the bookshops since I am not ready to read a book in Spanish.  The
pedestrian street Florida had a couple doing the tango so I watched them and
took photos.  Then I went to the Plaza 5 de Mayo and took photos there of some demonstratiors.  I had a lovely dinner at a sidewalk cafe:  salad, wine and dulce de leche ice cream all for $34 pesos.  At 10 pm we went to a tango show that was absolutely
incredible. The dancers' legs were a blur.  There were drummers whose arms were a blur.  I hadn't realized singing was a large part of tango shows, but apparently it is so we had a taste of it all....plus more wine.

Here is a description of La Recoleta Cemeterio from Wikipedia:
La Recoleta Cemetery
is a famous cemetery located in the exclusive Recoleta neighbourhood of Buenos Aires, Argentina. The layout of the cemetery was designed by the French engineer Próspero Catelin, and was remodeled in 1881, while Torcuato de Alvear was mayor of the city, by the Italian architect Juan Antonio Buschiazzo.
The Cemetery includes graves of some of the most influential and important Argentinians, including several presidents, scientists, and wealthy characters. Internationally, Eva Perón and Raúl Alfonsín are the best-known people buried in this cemetery.
The entrance to the cemetery is through neo-classical gates with tall Greek columns. The cemetery contains many elaborate marble mausoleums,
decorated with statues, in a wide variety of architectural styles. The
entire cemetery is laid out in sections like city blocks, with wide
tree-lined main walkways branching into sidewalks filled with
mausoleums.
While many of the mausoleums are in fine shape and well-maintained,
others have fallen into disrepair. Several can be found with broken
glass and littered with rubbish.
Each mausoleum bears the family name etched into the facade; brass or bronze
plaques are added to the front for particular family members. La
Recoleta is one of those cemeteries where the tradition of engraving a
death date but no birth date has been maintained.

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