Friday, February 17, 2017

15th January 2017 Buenos Aires

Today Ruth and I decided it was time to do some serious sightseeing.

We started off by having iced coffee and churros for breakfast at Cafe Tortoni which is the oldest coffe shop in Buenoes Aires with some stained glass ceilings.

The iced coffee was really special with dulce de leche round the top of the glass.  Ruth an I decided not to estimate the calories in the drink.

Our next stop was the Buenos Aires Metropolitan Cathedral which is the main Catholic church in Buenos Aires.  It is a beautiful Cathedral on the Plaza de Mayo and the church home of Pope Francis.

After that we walked round the Plaza de Mayo which is the scene of many historic events including Eva Peron's speeches.  We also found the nearby Columbus park which is the one place I remember from my visit to Buenos Aires in 1965.  My only other significant memory of the 1965 trip was when our liner ran aground in the River Plate.

Ruth and my next stop was the San Telmo area where outdoor tango dancing takes place in the Plaza Dorrego.  As an avid fan of Strictly Come Dancing it was fantastic to see real Argentinian tango in Buenos Aires.

Our last stop was the Cementerio de la Recoleta.  This is an amazing cemetery with spectacular mausoleums.  Of particular interest was the family mausoleum of Eva Peron which was decorated with flowers.  I was surprised how close all the mausoleums were to one another.

Ruth and I then spent the rest of the day getting reading for our 4am start the following day.

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