No visit to Buenos Ares is complete without a trip to the
mausoleum in the stunning suburb of Recoleta. A bizarre concept
initially to get your head around graves above the ground, in what
appears to be a small village with streets, trees, small park areas
in amongst the tributes built to loved ones who have passed on.
They are incredibly grand, many with statues in marble and bronze.
The most popular by far...Eva Peron's. No surprises there. Flowers
and gifts are brought by locals and tourists every day for the
women known to truly care for the poor, not always popular at the
time as a leader, she was glamorised by the musical and good old
Madonna's movie and is now a local hero.
Across the road is the well-known cafe La Biela. Superb service
by the waiters - all older and immaculately dressed in their white
shirts and arm bands with green waistcoats. They specialise in "Tea
Time" with a selection of cakes and pastries.
Frequented by locals and tourists many are as old as these two
gentlemen. Mum and I couldn't resist a small chat with them...there
wasn't much chatter back or interest in us funnily enough!
An afternoon stroll through the Botanical Gardens with a late lunch
which we bought at a local bakery. Turned out they didn't take US
dollars - just pesos which we didn't have enough off. Language was
also a barrier until we realised he was saying, "Don't worry I'll
take the pesos you have and you take the food and enjoy." We shook
his hand and thanked him profusely - such a lovely gesture. It's
often these little things when you are travelling that makes an
ordinary 'lunch buying experience' something memorable.