Thursday, June 23, 2011
Date: Monday 9 May 2011.
Flight time 13hrs 20 minutes.
There's 220 of us. En masse, we are a force of nature. A fleet of seven sightseeing buses take us on tour, and we see the streets where Buenos Aireans set up house - but not all houses are for the living. We visit the Boca district and its vibrant colours, the sombre tombs of Recoleta Cemetery...and everywhere, there is the tango.
(Please note: I take responsibility for all photographs, spelling mistakes and opinions.)
|The Buenos Aires signature dance|
|A professional dog walker|
|Christ the Redeemer is everywhere|
The Boca District
The story goes that this is what you do with left over paint.
We stroll along the main street of the Boca District, La Caminto.
The Boca District is for tourists. The slums are not...
Seen from the bus window: Mile after mile of Buenos Aires Leggoland slums. They compete for the same air space as the hi rise office towers, but look as if they might blow over with the first brisk breeze.
|People actually live here|
Recoleta Cemetery, where we visit the dead of Buenos Aires in their ornate tombs.
|Mourning in concrete|
|Mourning in a rather nice terracotta brick|
|I feel these plants are not showing proper respect for the dead|
|Lovely art deco door|
Having driven by the cram of Buenos Aires' slums, I feel that the dead in Buenos Aires have a better standard of accommodation than the city's poor.
|Eva Peron's plaque|
|Even now, over 50 years after death, Eva's tomb is festooned with flowers|
|Historic building in pink - I believe Eva lived here|
|Electricals and vegetation|
|The sun flower sign|
|Isn't this tops! It opens to the sun and closes at night.|
|Can you see the bird? It is sitting on the 'engine' at the centre of the flower.|
|The flower is made from the outer metal of a Fokker Friendship.|
We cruise along canals of the Tigre Delta
|Inside our river boat|
If they do not buttress the shores with a stout breakwater, the waterway sucks away the sand, crumbling the shore like wet cake. The house foundations are next, followed by the house itself.
|Slow mo demolition|
|The corner shop|
|Check out the industrial strength breakwater. This mansion is here to stay.|
|Such an ordinary house, such extraordinary protection!|
|Is it sinking?|
|Our room in Park Tower, Buenos Aires.|