On Dying and Dancing

Trip Start Feb 02, 2013
Trip End Mar 25, 2013

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Sunday, February 3, 2013

The morning began with the discovery that the peoples of Buenos Aires love sweet pastries and cakes for breakfast. Helen did a great job of trying many different types and then squirrelling away some tasty treats for lunch as well. And then the city was at our disposal...
We wandered about with Helen making sense of the map and guiding us toward what we thought was going to be a craft-type market. After being assisted by a typically elegant local woman we found the stalls in various states of assembly. Way too early for the stall holders to be set up and selling their wares.

So , what else to do but keep walking. We stumbled across a huge, very old, very high brick wall and decided it was the boundary for the graveyard Mimi had recommended we check out. So around the wall we walked. At one corner we could see a glimpse of an old church we thought looked like it was worth a look... It was a tumble down, gothic cathedral. The photo speaks for itself.
Back to the wall we walked and continued around, finding a couple of entrances, enticing us with locked gates protecting stairs winding upwards to unseen possibilities. We caught occasional glimpses of angels up beyond the wall so I was hoping to find an entrance that was open.

We found ourselves back at the markets where we started and there was the entrance! The images in my mind from this place will stay forever. Hopefully you have some of e pictures I took. A place of abject beauty and an eerie ambience. A treasure I will recommend to anyone planning a trip here.
Last night I contemplated living your life knowing you would ultimately end up in one of those crypts with all your ancestors. I've decided it is quite a comforting concept.
We wandered yet more treed avenues, arriving back at the Loi Suites Esmerelda for a very well earned nana nap. Boy, was I exhausted!

We woke to a bit of confusion in relation to our transport to a Tango Performance and dinner. Yet again we arrived way too early - about 7:45 and were obliged to go drink a bottle of wine at a gorgeous little restaurant just down 9 July Avenue which was the widest avenue in the world until the Brazilians built a wider one!!!

The show was spectacular and all the Ruby Tuesday-ites would have thoroughly enjoyed the 5 star dining!!! There was a button accordion player who Paddy would fall in love with immediately- purely from a meeting of someone who is obviously just as obsessed with playing well as he is!

A great day of contrasts with tomes and Tangos!
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Moore4 on

Tombs and Tango's... Great name for a Pub.....XXX

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