Buenos Aires: Evita's Final Resting Place

After spending 36 days on a cruise ship, my parents finally disembarked and ended their South America cruise when they arrived in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Buenos Aires Argentina

They met their friendly tour guide Patricia. She showed my parents and another couple from the ship around this beautiful and expansive city.

Buenos Aires Argentina

It's easy to see why Buenos Aires is sometimes referred to as the Paris of South America. The building style, wide tree lined streets, public squares, and obelisks provide several similarities to the City of Lights.

Buenos Aires Argentina

Although, Paris doesn't have any palm trees...

Buenos Aires Argentina

Almost like the Champs Elysees! Well, almost...

Buenos Aires Argentina

My dad with a quirky public art display!

Buenos Aires Argentina cemetery

Where do you find one of the most beautiful cemetery's in the world? In Buenos Aires of course! Patricia led my parent's to the Recoleta cemetery, one of the most beautiful and famous cemetery's in Argentina. The entrance to the cemetery reads "Expectamus Dominum" which is Latin for "wait for the Lord".

Buenos Aires Argentina cemetery

The crypts here are mainly family mausoleums that contain multiple coffins. Some are small, modest crypts, while others could be considered ornately decorated houses.

Buenos Aires Argentina cat

Recoleta cemetery is full of stray cats! Legend has it that the cats living among the crypts are the guardians of the souls that were laid to rest here. No efforts have been made to rid the cemetery of the cats and so they can live here undisturbed.

Buenos Aires Argentina cemetery

Perhaps the most famous grave in the Recoleta cemetery belongs to Eva Perón, the beloved First Lady of Argentina and infamous pop culture figure from the Andrew Lloyd Webber musical "Evita". After her death, her remains were shipped around throughout Argentina and even were buried in Italy for a time. They were moved around for nearly twenty-four years before being buried here in 1976 in a family tomb.

Buenos Aires Argentina cemetery

Visitors still bring flowers to Evita's grave nearly every day. On July 26, the anniversary of Eva Perón's death, thousands of her admirers and fans place flowers, notes, and cards on her tomb.

Buenos Aires Argentina cemetery
Buenos Aires Argentina cemetery
Buenos Aires Argentina cemetery cat
Buenos Aires Argentina cemetery
Buenos Aires Argentina cemetery
Buenos Aires Argentina cemetery
Buenos Aires Argentina cemetery

Former Argentine President Raúl Ricardo Alfonsín is also buried in the Recoleta cemetery. He was the first democratically elected President after the military dictatorship that ruled the country from 1976 to 1983 ended.

Buenos Aires Argentina cemetery
Buenos Aires Argentina cemetery

Rows upon rows house the dead here in the Recoleta cemetery. It's almost like a mini city with it's own streets and walkways.

Buenos Aires Argentina cemetery
Buenos Aires Argentina cemetery

The cemetery is truly built into the center of Buenos Aires. Right behind the tower (photo above) are apartment buildings that overlook the cemetery.

Buenos Aires Argentina cemetery
Buenos Aires Argentina cemetery
Buenos Aires Argentina Ministry of Health

The Ministry of Health building can be seen in the background. This building has been around since the Perón's were in power, but it's most recent addition has been two 10-storey Eva Perón murals on opposite building sides. Seen in the photograph above is the northern side which depicts a defiant Eva Perón speaking to the city's wealthy, while on the south side (not pictured), she is smiling facing a poor area.

Buenos Aires Argentina palace

La Casa Rosada, or "the pink house" is the office and mansion of the Argentine president. This building also houses a museum that features artifacts from previous presidents.

Buenos Aires Argentina palace

This is the famous balcony that Eva Perón often used to address her supporters and also the setting for the iconic scene from the movie "Evita" when Madonna sings "Don't Cry For Me Argentina".

Buenos Aires Argentina palace

My parents with a La Casa Rosada guard.

Buenos Aires Argentina market

My parents have traveled through many countries all over the world. They have seen numerous street markets during their travels, but none as large as the one found in Buenos Aires. They walked and walked and walked through this huge colorful market and never saw an end in sight!

Buenos Aires Argentina market
Buenos Aires Argentina market

A building found along the market features three cartoon-ish statues that could be considered the pride of Argentinians: Diego Maradona, Eva Perón, and Juan Perón.

Buenos Aires Argentina market
Buenos Aires Argentina market
Buenos Aires Argentina market

Argentina is well known for its passionate tango. Drawings, paintings, sculptures, and live tango performances can be found throughout the market.

Buenos Aires Argentina market
Buenos Aires Argentina market
Buenos Aires Argentina market
Buenos Aires Argentina market
Buenos Aires Argentina soccer futbol

Similar to Brazil, one could say that soccer, or futbol, is almost like a religion in Argentina. Kids and adults alike can be found playing soccer on city courts, fields, and in the streets.

Buenos Aires Argentina soccer futbol
Buenos Aires Argentina soccer futbol

Buenos Aires has been named as the next city to host the Summer Youth Olympics in 2018. Professional Argentine soccer player Lionel Messi serves as the ambassador to the games.

Buenos Aires Argentina

After enjoying their tour of the city, my parents and the other couple in their group met Diego Kraidelman from Eco Uruguay Tours, the man who had organized their tour of the Buenos Aires and the upcoming tour of the Iguazu Falls. My mum had been in constant contact with Diego prior to their trip she was glad that they had booked their tours through him!

Buenos Aires Argentina

After spending two days in Buenos Aires, my parents jumped on a plane to fly to the Iguazu Falls.

Buenos Aires Argentina Zaandam

Their plane flew over the port of Buenos Aires and my parents got one last glance onto the ship that had been their home for the last six weeks. The cruise portion of their trip was over and they were heading towards the final leg of their epic South America adventure, the Iguazu Falls!

Next: Iguazu Falls: Prepare to get soaked!

Previously: one day in beautiful Montevideo


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