Buenos Aires

Trip Start Sep 22, 2010
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Trip End Jun 01, 2011


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Tuesday, November 23, 2010

We arrived in Buenos Aires on Saturday after another long bus journey, though this time we were given lots of cakes and a glass of champagne each. The first day here we just wandered around the centre and got a tour of the Presidential offices, including the Presidentīs actual office.  We also got to stand on the balcony from where Eva and Juan Peron addressed crowds and Madonna sung things.  

On Sunday we had a fabulous day visiting the worldīs first religious theme park – possibly the tackiest place we have ever been, or will ever be, in our lives.  The definition of a theme park here is a park with a theme, rather than rollercoasters and haunted houses.  We wanted to caption the photos individually, but we are stuck on an incredibly slow computer and had to give them all the same name.  The park is a "recreation" of Jerusalem from during the Roman occupation, complete with Calvary Hill (flying the Argentine flag) and the wailing wall (into which Argentineans have genuinely put prayers).  There were a number of highlights for us from amongst the dioramas of various biblical stories and the four mechanical shows (of the Creation, the Nativity, the Last Supper and the Resurrection).  The Resurrection, which happens on the hour every hour, was a particular favourite of ours.  An 18m high mechanical Jesus rises out of the ground to Handelīs Messiah, before blessing the park.  The music choice for this show was a little more appropriate than the Nativity, which was accompanied by Faureīs Requiem.  Even the cleaners wear uniforms “typical” of the period and the security guards were dressed as Roman Centurions. We tried not to offend people who were taking it seriously, though it was hard not to burst into fits of laughter at some (actually, most) of the scenes.  It is a place that has to be seen to be believed.

Yesterday and today we have done some more wondering around, visiting markets, parks and some of the sights, and are looking forward to doing more of this for the rest of the week.

James and El
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Tom R on

Hello chaps!

Sounds like you've been having a wonderful time! And it sounds like there should be good franchising opportunities for that pretty special sounding theme park... One to ponder on!

Keep enjoying!
Tom

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