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Buenos Aires, 6th June.

June 7, 2014

 

A lesson was learnt before leaving Mendoza; never do an expensive  airline booking on line after celebrating a birthday with a little too much wine.  The two alternatives getting to BA from Mendoza was a 14hr bus trip or one and a half hours sitting in a plane. Joan wasn’t too keen on the bus so we decided to strike before the prices went up and book when we returned to the apartment. It was an American site, Orbitz, and it appears they use the 12 hour clock instead of the 24 that we use. I booked the 9.55 flight arriving at 11.30, but it wasn’t until the night before we were to fly did I pick up the mistake! PM instead of AM! I could blame the web site as they had ams and pms mixed up all the way down the list. A mad rush to get up to the Aerolineas office but were too late. someone helped us out with the phone number and were able to bring it forward to the morning. At a fee of course which had to be paid at the checkin counter. Fortunately, all planes were delayed by fog causing mayhem at the checkin and the young bloke must have decided asking for our money was too much of a hassle.

Enjoying BA, it is a big city and many of the sights are far apart. But the taxis are cheap and use their metres. One of the images below is of the plaque for Evita fixed to her family tomb. The Recoleta Cemetery is one of the city’s highlights. It is filled with masouleums of an amazing variety and artistry. Eva is buried in the Duarte family tomb which is one of the smaller ones but is a must see by all visitors. Flowers are left on the entrance by her admirers. Quite a few of the masouleums are on the World Heritage List.

The Museum of Fine Arts was a short distance and gave us our cultural hit for the day. Rembrandts, Monets, Manets, Gauguin, El Greco, Rodin there were a good array of European art but few Argentinian which was disappointing.

You can’t visit BA without going to a Tango show. This we did last night. Wow. The band was small: a pianist, violinist, accordian and base, there were six dancers as well as two singers. For an hour and a half we were entertained to slicked back brylcreemed hair, scowls, shapely lo-o-o-o-ng legs, patent leather shoes and high heels. It was fantastic with no breaks.  Touristy,  but seeing the couple in the park the next day, one a professional, his partner a learner gave us time to appreciate the intricacies of the dance. Could be a good idea for Camp Creative Sandy?

 

 

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