The 100 year drought is over!
Trip Start Mar 01, 2009
19Trip End Mar 31, 2009
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Our destination today was Museo Eva as in Eva Peron, the wife and "mother" of Argentina. We took the long way there, past the Historical & Zoological Gardens. The Historical Garden was interesting because like all things in BA, it was beautiful but rundown. And did I mention the cats? This garden is blocks long surrounded by a tall ornate wrought iron fence, and when we first hit the corner, we saw wild and not so wild cats, which we proceeded to count. We lost track at 100. When we entered the garden, it was quite eerie, the cats sitting, laying, cleaning, and walking everywhere combined with the ornate statuary and buildings that are peeling and the greenhouse that is leaking and the stiffling heat brought on by the canopy of the trees. Needless to say, we didn't stay long.
Kevin wanted to go into the Zoololgical Gardens, but I was worried that with BA's decrepit beauty it would be sad to see the animals in inadequate (and that is strictly a guess) cages. So he was fine just walking by. The zoo didn't have the same fence as the Historical garden, just live bamboo plants that you could see though periodically. Kevin was like a child when I spotted what he says was a wallabee just wandering cageless. Upon further inspection, (yes, we had our noses peeking through the bamboo) lots of wallabees and several peacocks. The zoo is equal in size to the historical garden so when we were halfway down the block, the rains came.
Luckily we were only a couple of blocks from Eva's museum but by the time we got there we were drenched! It's a beautifullly well put together museum that is located in Eva's old residence. Pictures on the wall, her dresses and belongings on display plus old film footage set to beautiful tango music. Kev's one gripe was that since most of the vistiors seemed to speak English (at least while we were there) why weren't more of the exhibits in English? They have a classy cafe set in the residence and we had a nice, light lunch of chicken (for him) and fish (for her) with wine, mineral water (from Mendoza) and an espresso for $26.
The walk home was even wetter and tho we are accustomed to rain, the runoff in the streets and the overhangs from the balconies made you even wetter (is that possible?). So we decided to cut our day short and instead stopped at the supermercado and bought 3 liters of beer, a mid shelf bottle of Mendozian Malbec & a container of chimichurri spice mix (an Argentine condiment served with beef). All this for 43 pesos or $12 (US). That's Kevin's biggest excitement all day.
We do go out for dinner around 10pm, and after scouring the NW side of town this morn, we think we know where to concentrate our efforts, however it isn't so easy. Pizza joints, and cafes a plenty. And several bright restaurants that serve all of the above...we do however stumble upon a dimly lit restaurant with quite a bit of ambiance so we decide to call it dinner. Las Cortaderas on Charcas was our most expensive dinner yet. It was probably the most closely similar to US dining with attentive waters and really great candles all over.We had the lovelliest salad with aruglua, ripe tomatoes, rustic croutons and the yellowest corn kernels I've ever seen, they were allmost orange. Argentines don't really use dressing, mostly oil & vinegar. But tonight it was oil and lemon. Delicious! Kev had lomo cooked jugosa (beef tenderloin, medium rare) and I had chicken with white wine sauce, spinach and mushrooms. 6th most expensive wine a Malbec, bottled mineral water, and coffee.It all came to 166pesos/$46.00.
Tonight we are taking the overnight bus to Mendoza, so will talk after our 1st full day there.