RECOLETA CEMETARY, TANGO MILONGA
Trip Start Oct 05, 2009
325Trip End Oct 31, 2013
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SUNDAY NOVEMBER 20
WEATHER: Humid and warm after last night's rain
Back to Recoleta again today and we looked at the market stalls, selling some very attractive jewellery etc, had some coffee and visited the most famous grave in Argentina- that of Eva Peron.
The cemetary is amazing- the crypts and graves are buildings holding the remains of the country's rich and famous; if you were so inclined you could probably learn the history of the country by reading all the words inscribed on the tombs. Some of the structures are not well maintained and you walk on concrete paths between the cramped structures of marble, stone etc. The families of the dead were obviously trying to outdo each other with the grandeur!
We wandered a while and found Eva's grave, simple by comparison with others and it was difficult to get a picture because there were so many tourists crowding this spot.
Reading the travel guides for Buenos Aires the Recoleta Cemetary is a must see! Eva Peron is bigger than life in this country and her connection with the poor and great influence in her husband's presidency make her a cult figure. Her early death impacted negatively on her husband's rule and in 1955 a military government took over and he was exiled.
Argentinians then suffered years under the military regime
It was a long walk to our next stop ''Confeteria Ideal'', a cafe founded in 1912 and a centre for tango shows, tango lessons and milongas; the building is classed as ''historic'' so is protected and it is gorgeous and traditional.
We found our way upstairs and explained we did not want to participate in the dance but wanted to watch; they charged a small entrance fee and we were led to a ''ladies'' table along the wall, with perfect views of the dance floor. We watched perfectly dressed women find their places, waiting for a man to invite them to dance. We took special notice of the tango shoes!
The invitation was so discrete we found it hard to discern; mostly the men sat separate from the women but couples were together at other tables; there were no lessons at this milonga today, just regular people wanting to dance the tango and it was a magic experience for us.
The dance is so dramatic and passionate and some of these dancers were very skilled; we stayed a few hours, entranced!
We had only two days left in Buenos Aires and were completely satisfied with this show of tango!!!!