The Dows-Weinberger team together once again! Mike’s been to BsAs 4 times so will act as our tour guide. After our first day of reconnection, catching up on each other’s news, naps for them, we set out on our first day, albeit not together!!
With a nod to some divergent interests, I struck out alone to go tango shoe shopping while the other three did a walking tour of the city. First—a capsulization of my adventures.
I found myself at the new DNI store, tried a few pairs, and came away with black alpaca.
Open-toe shoes will not be in my repertoire for at least a year, I’ve decided.
I discovered via map that if I walked straight down Anchorena (street) I would reach Recoleta cemetery, our designated meeting place. Why not? I had time, and walking would allow me to feel like a local. Telma. . .I was continually aware of uneven cobblestones holes, and uneven pavements. I didn’t fall!!
Window shopping along the way, a shop with hosiery-covered legs in the window got my interest, as a “beginner tanguera” always needs stockings. What a treat as I went inside to discover an elderly shopkeeper and his shelves of neatly boxed stockings.
He spoke not a word of English, and we managed to connect with his insistence that I needed a certain type of lycra pantyhose for tango (I think he spied my DNI bag), and me trying to say that I wanted patterned tights. I ended up with a pair of lycra and a patterned pair and when I asked if I could do a selfie, he was clearly pleased!
He gave me his business card.
Moving onward toward our meeting place the sun was beaming and I was regretting not bringing my hat. Not to worrry. I spied a hat-seller near our meeting place.
The three walkers and I met up under the gum tree as planned, had lunch, and from our window spied the same group walking tour that they had broken away from in the morning. We rejoined them as they entered Recoleta Cemetery.
La Recoleta Cemetery (Spanish: Cementerio de la Recoleta) is a cemetery located in the Recoleta neighbourhood of Buenos Aires, Argentina. It contains the graves of notable people, including Eva Perón, presidents of Argentina, Nobel Prize winners, the founder of the Argentine Navy, and a granddaughter of Napoleon. In 2011, the BBC hailed it as one of the world’s best cemeteries, and in 2013, CNN listed it among the 10 most beautiful cemeteries in the world. (FromWikipedia)
The architecture was stunning, and Mike led us to the grave of Eva Peron who, as Mike says, would ”turn over in her grave if she knew she was buried among rich people.”
The small church beside the cemetery. . .
Afternoon apertivi on our balcony and then a walk down Santa Fe revealed the “second most beautiful bookstore in the world” El Atanea, a former theater.
One particular title jumped out at us. . .
The world is watching us. . .and not for the reasons we were once proud of.