Buenos Aires | National heroes, heavenly hosts and hot sleepy afternoons, Part 1

lots of dogs on the street in buenos aires argentina

A lone cat wanders the narrow lanes of Recoleta Cemetary, buenos aires, argentinaA lone cat wanders the narrow lanes of Recoleta Cemetary

“Faded elegance” is one of the adjectives I’ve heard being used to describe Buenos Aires and it could not be more apt. Majestic and opulent, but also delapidated and somewhat run down, she presents itself as a city of contrasts. Perhaps, the everlasting symbol of Buenos Aires, Evita herself presents such a conundrum, equally loved and reviled by her own people, she offers an insight into the psyche of the people of the city. From the people who assembled in the millions to hear her speak, and the countless numbers who lined her funeral procession, wracked in genuine sorrow, to the same ones amongst that number who found so much hatred for her as to defile her body after death, she is at once a unifying and divisive force. Likewise, Buenos Aires, a city of grand avenues and splendidly ornate buildings, but also of tin shacks and cracked pavements, of museums filled with renaissance grand masters and streets covered with graffiti. Buenos Aires is a complex lady, to see just one aspect of her is to miss the story. Perhaps the ones that truly love her have the most critical things to say about her, and the ones that unambiguously declare their love for her, maybe never really knew her at all.

 

Mafalda, a 60's symbol of political and social commentary, remains popular to this day, buenos aires, argentinaMafalda, a 60’s symbol of political and social commentary, remains popular to this day

National hero and Argentine liberator, General José de San Martin rests in the mausoleum in the Buenos Aires Metropolitan Cathedral, buenos aires, argentinaNational hero and Argentine liberator, General José de San Martin rests in the mausoleum in the Buenos Aires Metropolitan Cathedral

 

A strategically situated plant protects the couples' modesty, buenos aires, argentinaA strategically situated plant protects the couples’ modesty

Russian tourists fall asleep during an tour of Casa Rosada, buenos aires, argentinaRussian tourists fall asleep during an tour of Casa Rosada

The impressive mausoleums of Recoleta Cemetary are the restings places of many of the country's illuminati, buenos aires, argentinaThe impressive mausoleums of Recoleta Cemetary are the restings places of many of the country’s illuminati

A silent moment in front of Eva Duarte Peron, or Evita's grave, buenos aires, argentinaA silent moment in front of Eva Duarte Peron, or Evita’s grave

Wide avenues criss cross the Capital Federal, buenos aires, argentinaWide avenues criss cross the Capital Federal

Graffiti, a lot politically motivated, dress the walls of many a building, buenos aires, argentinaGraffiti, a lot politically motivated, dress the walls of many a building

The Obelisco de Buenos Aires is the unofficial centre of the capital, buenos aires, argentinaThe Obelisco de Buenos Aires is the unofficial centre of the capital

Dilapidated and abandoned cars are common on the streets of Buenos Aires, often remaining un-removed for extended periods of time, buenos aires, argentinaDilapidated and abandoned cars are common on the streets of Buenos Aires, often remaining un-removed for extended periods of time

 

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