Buenos Aires

Hello everyone,

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.

Building overgrown with green
Building overgrown with green

 

The trees are so big they need support posts (and some of them are very creatively done)

Tree so large it needed support
Tree so large it needed support

Even the cemetery vaults are overflowing with greenery.

Vault at the Recoletta Cemetary
Vault at the Recoleta Cemetary

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.

So much colour on one building.
So much colour on one building.

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.

The restaurant
The restaurant
We forgot to take a photo of the food before we ate it because it looked delicious
We forgot to take a photo of the food before we ate it because it looked delicious

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’.

Rows of vaults at Recoleta
Rows of vaults at Recoleta
Falling apart
Falling apart

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).

Resting place of Eva Peron
Resting place of Eva Peron

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.

View of Recoleta from the cathedral cloisters
View of Recoleta from the cathedral cloisters

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 🙂

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