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  • Day11

    Recoleta Cemetery, Buenos Aires

    December 20, 2018 in Argentina ⋅ 🌧 25 °C

    An amazing above ground cemetery. Those are mausoleums you see...some the size of a small house! All members of the family are placed inside ...when their turn comes of course. Eva Peron is here...maiden name Duarte. Sheila in the pink waving from the steps ...

  • Day4

    Zweite Stadtrundfahrt

    January 29 in Argentina ⋅ ⛅ 33 °C

    Heute morgen sind wir auf der Suche nach einer Wechselstube auf der Plaza Dorrego hängen geblieben, dem zentralen Platz in San Telmo. Auf dem Platz haben die umliegenden Straßen-Cafés ihre Tische und Stühle platziert. Aus einem kurzen Wasser wurde ein langer gemütlicher Plausch unter schattigen Bäumen. Und zu meiner Freude fing dann auch noch ein Tango-Paar an zu tanzen. 💃 Auf dem Rückweg über die Defensa gab es viele Hinterhof-Boutiquen und Künstlerwerkstätten zu besichtigen. Zudem lud eine große Markthalle zum Verweilen und Stöbern ein. Über Mittag haben wir dann im klimatisierten Hotel Postkarten geschrieben, bevor wir „unsere“ Reisegruppe (5 weitere Paare) und den hiesigen Reiseleiter José getroffen haben. Von 14 bis 19 Uhr stand eine Stadtrundfahrt auf dem Programm. José wusste neben den üblichen Sehenswürdigkeiten auch viel historisches, politisches und wirtschaftliches Hintergrundwissen zu berichten. Nicht mehr Rindfleisch ist der Exportschlager Argentiniens, sondern Sojabohnen. Wir haben ua. den berühmten Recoleta Friedhof mit der Gruft von Evita Duarte Perón, die Catedral Metropolitana, in der Papst Franziskus Erzbischof war und die Gassen von La Boca mit ihren kunterbunten Wellblechhütten besichtigt. Abends gab es dann noch für alle ein Essen im Hotel.Read more

  • Day74

    Buenos Aires - Recoleta Tour

    January 21 in Argentina ⋅ 🌙 26 °C

    Heute erkunden wir das Viertel rund um Recoleta, das hier auch das „kleine Paris Südamerikas“ genannt wird. Viele Gebäude und prächtige Villen sind im französischen Stil gebaut und überall sind kleine Cafés, aus denen der Duft von frischen Croissants weht 🥐
    Wir laufen vorbei am argentinischen Opernhaus, dem Theatro Colón, dass angeblich die beste Akustik der Welt haben soll, und dem Big-Ben von Buenos Aires, dem Torre Monumental. Auf dem weiteren Weg ragt in der Ferne das Wahrzeichen der lateinamerikanischen Metropole in den Himmel: der Obelisk von Buenos Aires. Er steht mitten auf der Avenida 9 de Julio, der breitesten Straße der Welt. Gleich daneben auf einer Hochhauswand ist eine Zeichnung von Argentiniens Nationalheldin, Eva Perón (Evita), zu sehen. Freundlich blickt sie nach Süden in Richtung der Arbeiterviertel. Dort wohnen die Armen, für die sie sich so eingesetzt hat. Böse guckt sie in Richtung Norden, wo die von ihr gehassten Reichen wohnen.
    Im Herzen des Viertels liegt der berühmte Friedhof La Recoleta. Hier ruhen die Reichen und Schönen Argentiniens. Schmale Gassen mit imposanten Mausoleen, ägyptischen Pyramiden und griechischen Säulen machen den Friedhof zu mehr als einer normalen Ruhestätte. Gut, dass ich Nik dabei habe, sonst hätte ich mich mit meinem guten Orientierungssinn wahrscheinlich hier irgendwo verloren 😁

    Auf dem Platz vor dem Friedhof steht ein riesiger Baum, der so groß ist wie ein ganzer Häuserblock. Seine Äste werden gestützt von Säulen, seine Krone soll sogar in Satellitenaufnahmen zu sehen sein – fünfzig Meter im Durchmesser 😱 Darunter tanzt ein Paar zu lauter Musik Tango, um sich ein paar Pesos zu verdienen 💃. Die Straßenzüge sind hier etwas anders und plötzlich sind wir umgeben von dunklen Backsteinhäusern mit zahlreichen Schornsteinen, kleinen Vorgärten und weißen Eingangstüren. Goldene, große Uhren und rote Telefonzellen erinnern nun mehr an London, als Paris. Verrückt 🙈

    Unsere Tour endet in der wohl schönsten Buchhandlung, die ich je gesehen habe: das El Ateneo Grand Splendid war ursprünglich mal ein Theater und beherbergt jetzt alles, was ein Bücherwurm-Herz begehrt 😊 die Kuppel mit Deckenmalereien, die Balkone, der Vorhang und die Auditoriumsbeleuchtung sind noch soweit erhalten, dass echte Theateratmosphäre aufkommt. Die Bühne wurde zu einem kleinen Café umgebaut und die Logen dienen als Rückzugsort zum Lesen. Gut, dass hier alles auf spanisch ist, sonst hätte man mich hier wahrscheinlich nicht mehr rausgekriegt 😁
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  • Day2

    La Recoleta

    March 11, 2017 in Argentina ⋅ ⛅ 23 °C

    Ab ins Getümmel. An einem Samstag morgen hält sich dieses allerdings noch begrenzt. Der erste Abstecher zum Friedhof ist nur ein paar Blocks entfernt und dort angekommen besticht Dieser von seiner reinen Vielzahl an Mausoleen. Hier reiht sich eine Gruft an die andere, meist geht es noch eine Treppe hinab ins Familiengrab. Das macht Hunger und so sitzen wir nur ein paar Minuten später mit ein paar Empanadas und 2 Bier in der Sonne. Die brennt. Yeah.Read more

  • Day12

    Buenos Aires- Recoleta

    March 2, 2017 in Argentina ⋅ ⛅ 30 °C

    We decided to explore the area of Recoleta first, the posh bit of the city, similar to Chelsea in London. We jumped onto the local bus expecting to just swipe our cards and be on our way. The driver was asking us where our stop was. Cue my panicked expression, he just waved us through with inpatience and we had a free bus ride!

    We joined free walking tours Buenos Aires, our guide for the morning was Martín. Full of historical and political knowledge he took us through the streets of Recoleta. He colourfully told the stiry of the ruling class "the oligarchis", and how their pettiness shaped the area. They wanted to be on par with europe so they built great palaces, trying to out do each other. Three old women especially splashed their money in a competative craze. Now Recoleta looks European due to their influence.

    We passed the Malvinas war memorial and heard the history from the Argentinian perspective. A military dictatorship losing favour tried to win a war to regain national support. Martín also took us through their Economical upheaval. The Peso is undergoing huge inflation by 45% a year! Prices are starting to get towards European levels. Back in the 80's he described how inflation was so bad supermarkets would shout out new prices whilst you were in the store!

    In the afternoon we toured around Recoleta cemetary in blazing heat, helped by a Mc Flurry to cool down! We were taken around by Francis and were told the interesting stories of many of the mausoleums; the girl buried alive, the woman and her dog. The graveskeeper who commied suicide to be buried there and a welshman so paranoid about being buried alive he invented a system to escape from his coffin. One of the last graves we visited was that of the tour guides great grandparents!

    The most famous grave is that of Eva Peron aka Evita. The wife of the president in the 50's she divided opinions in Argentina, beloved by the left working class, hated by the upper class who upon her death said "Viva la Cancer". After her death her poor corpse was moved, mutilated and had dark magic performed upon it. She was finally laid to rest decades after her death at her fathers mausoleum.

    After a busy day in the sun we made a suprisingly delicious stir fry and collapsed in bed!
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  • Day85

    Buenos Aires - Recoleta

    November 19, 2016 in Argentina ⋅ ⛅ 23 °C

    In the Recoleta neighborhood of Buenos Aires are two famous spots to see:
    - "Floralis Genérica" is a 20 metre high and 18 tonne moving sculpture of a flower. The flowers aluminium petals open and close by sunrise and sunset.
    - The "Recoleta Cemetery" became the citys main cemetery after wealthy families began moving to this part of the city. The remains of many noteworthy people rest on the site, including former presidents, writers, nobel prize winners, sportsmen and businessmen. One of the most visitet tombs is that of Eva Perón, more known as "Evita". We were astonished about this extravagant and labyrinthine cemetery!Read more

  • Day123

    Day 123: The Recoleta Cemetary Maze

    November 20, 2016 in Argentina ⋅ ⛅ 24 °C

    Not even hung over but since I bought breakfast yesterday I had no reason to get up early for that. I could do another free walk tour but the tour was ending were I would want to start and 3 hours later haha. The cemetary always a fun place to go haha not really I tought but this one should be different. After a while walking through parcs plaza's and nice neighbourhoods I arrived at the Cemetary. This is just amazingly beautifull, it is like a maze of wannabe thombstones. I think they are thombstones but than high class and without mummy's. Elevated graves or little buildings. All in rows and little streets, I walked here for more than a hour and still amazed me that the whole area was filled with beautifull architecture. It had something romantic actually and also a lot of celebraties where burried here but I couldn't find any I knew.
    From here I walked to some other spots that were on the free walk list and took the Subway to the Centre near Casa Rosada. I knew the other free walk ended there at 6 and it was 6 and I also knew that Gerlinde and Rodney from the Ortelius walked that tour haha. So I found them on my path to Puerto Madero and we arranged to have diner tonight. I followed my way and walked this Urban waterfront area and had a beer watching the sun go down behind the skyline of Buenos Aires. I took the subway to the meeting point with my dutch friends and after a draft beer in the draft 😉 ( it was very windy out there) we went to a really good restaurant called: Barbacoa I never ate pasta so good. I almost ordered a second plate but after all that food on the Ortelius it was time to regain fitness levels👊. It was very gezellig and after diner we said goodbye again and went our own ways. I wanted to take the metro since it was a few km away but the first one on route was under construction the 2nd closed and at the 3rd the police said the whole line was out of order..... Ok time for some excersize :-). It was only 5.5km so I ran as much as I can without atracting to much attention 😉. In 30 minutes I was back at my hotel, I still am glad to have that kind of energy I love that. The 32000 steps today counts as a productive day so I could be content and sleep because my flight to Rio was early morning....😑 again grrr 😉.
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  • Day20

    Recoleta Cemetary

    March 7, 2018 in Argentina ⋅ ☀️ 24 °C

    It seems fitting that our last stop on our BA adventure is the Recoleta Cemetery, where dozens of Argentinian aristocrats rest in piece. The cemetery, which is 4 blocks square in the middle of BA, was established more than 200 years ago. Each mausoleum is a family—owned piece of real estate, which is maintained by the family. The tombs vary in size, but the general principle stays the same — bodies are first interned on the top level, and are visible through the door or a grate. Over time, the disintegrated remains are transferred to smaller caskets, and are transferred to the below ground levels. A family is free to sell their plot. But, many plots are abandoned and have fallen into disrepair, with cracked windows, collapsed ceilings, and piles of dust and debris. The entire cemetery is both beautiful and sad.

    Although the cemetery is only 4 square blocks, the number of family plots is overwhelming. We walked around for over an hour, looking at the tombs, and peeking inside, and didn’t even begin to see everything. The style of each tomb differs, although the most common style is Art Deco, as that corresponds with the largest growth in building. Some of the tombs are in active use, with markers indicating that someone had been interned in the last few years, and fresh flowers or plants inside. But the vast majority look like no one has visited for decades.

    After strolling around, we headed back to the apartment, packed our bags and went to the airport. We bid goodbye to Kelly, who was flying back to Flagstaff, and we went to catch our plane to SFO. Much to my surprise, Arie had snagged an upgrade of our seats, and we traveled home by business class. I must admit, a girl could get used to this type of travel.
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  • Day3

    Recoleta

    February 4, 2016 in Argentina ⋅ ☀️ 31 °C

    Guided tour of Recoleta with Martín. Saw huge trees, lots of plazas, heard a lot of history and politics. Tour ended at Recoleta cemetery where Eva Peron is buried. Seriously wealthy people built themselves amazing final resting places. Temperature is climbing here but rain forecast for our Patagonia hike 🙁Read more

  • Day4

    Cementerio de la Recoleta, Buenos Aires

    May 15, 2017 in Argentina ⋅ ⛅ 17 °C

    Attended a free Spanish lesson this morning where we learnt the difference between Argentina's Spanish and everyone else's Spanish. But like a typical Gringo we forgot as soon we left.
    Spent the rest of the day on a tour of Recoleta Cementary which was amazing! One of the Mausoleums can hold up to 90 family members.
    Then out for dinner where (After yet another basket of bread) we had the best steak of our lives!!! We are seriously considering eating there for the rest of the week!
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