We have safely arrived in South America after an arduous 30 hours flying :S
We spent our first 3 nights in Buenos Aires in Argentina and it was amazing.
The city landscape was stunning – so much greenery everywhere, on buildings, balconies and just taking over everywhere.
The trees are so big they need support posts (and some of them are very creatively done)
Even the cemetery vaults are overflowing with greenery.
Added to that as the colour of the city itself. Nothing is in pastel colours it is all BOLD and BRIGHT. Buildings are rainbow coloured, or there will be a row of buildings in red, green, yellow, blue and all other colours.
The animals are all really well cared for and we didn’t see any stray animals at all (well, that’s not true. We saw a couple of very well looked after cats while we were touring the Recoleta Cemetary (see the cat sleeping in the photo of the vault…)
We really enjoyed our time at Buenos Aires. We walked the streets and ate some amazing food (lots of meat!!) The best place was one we stumbled into on our first day for lunch. It was a family run place and we would have walked past it because it was all in the backyard and you enter through the driveway/gate. The steak was very thin and cooked well (all the way through). At first we were worried thinking it would be chewy or tough but it was amazing – so tender and soft.
We also visited the famous Recoleta Cemetary. It was the first public cemetary and it is very prestigious. A medium sized vault (roughly 18 coffins) will cost up to $60 000 US. To restore a vault if it has been run down will cost up to $400 000 US. So it’s not a cheap place to rest. Only the rich and important people are buried here.
We were lucky enough that while we were walking around one of the caretakers allowed us to see inside a family vault which was very special and a once in a lifetime opportunity. It is quite spacious in the vaults and they have two underground levels with different degrees of ‘fancy’.
Some of the vaults are falling apart because they are not cared for/looked after by the owners. This could be because the owners no longer care, cannot afford it or have all died. It is private property and because it was sold in perpetuity even if the owners do not pay the taxes on the land the government will not take it. They will do the bare minimum (as seen in the photo) to keep the vaults safe and from destroying other property but they will not seize it.
Recoleta is also the buriel place of Eva Peron (Evita).
Final photo is a view of the cemetery from the Cathedral next door. The land was originally gardens for the clergy before the government turned it into a public cemetery. The cloisters overlook the cemetery and provides for a great view.
Tomorrow is Christmas and as such most things will probably be closed, meaning we will be able to have a restful day. Wishing you all a very happy festive holiday season and I will write about our eventful trip into Lima tomorrow 🙂