Large type artist ranch

Trip Start Aug 09, 2007
Trip End Jan 20, 2008

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Saturday, October 20, 2007

So, after Iguazu came Iguaçu. Same falls, Brazillian side. A different perspective - more panoramic. And, by The Fall, The Bird Park. Have you been to the Brazillian Bird Park? I don't think C Wilson wrote anything there.
Then, Buenos Aires. A more European feeling city than any I've visited so far. Apart, probably, from the enormous 16 lane road bisecting it. Which has a very definite American feel. We're staying in Recoleta. So we had to walk to the cemetary. Which was impressive. All necropolises I now visit have to be compared to those in New Orleans, and this is no exception. This one is neater. More classical. New Orleans is (or was, in its antediluvian times) more gothic. Southern gothic, that is. Humid, decaying. Trees bursting through the ground. Bayou madness. Swap fever. Buenos Aires is better preserved. Somehow fighting the entropy of death through keeping corpses in an ordered environment. One of the more unremarkable graves is that of Eva Peron. More people were photographing it, though, than the more interesting ones. This is, probably, how cults are born. There were also a huge number of cats there. In the cemetary, not just by Eva's grave. More Felopolis than Necropolis. Indeed, there are a huge number of cats in Buenos Aires. Which is another good mark for the city.
I have a new hat. After having left another one on a train from Manchester to reading, some months back. This is, of course, important. Hat replacement.
Otherwise, we have visited several bits, including the zoo, Boca, Palermo, San Telmo and the centre. Not in any particular order. Angela declared herself disappointed with the outside of the cathedral, pointing out it looked like Bolton town hall. But without the stone lions. This is true, although it is more impressive inside. And Bolton town hall doesn't have the stations of the cross in it. Although I have been cross at Bolton station on more than one occasion.
And apart from that, steak and red wine have been the order of the day. And who can argue with that?
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