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Published: October 20th 2018
Very late start today. Didn't get out until 11 am. Walked up to the Recoleta Cemetery and started our search for Evita. She is actually entombed in her family's crypt which is Duarte. Whilst looking we enjoyed checking out the other fancy tombstones and crypts. The Duarte crypt is nothing special, just like many of the other family crypts. We ended up finding it because we noticed a queue. Afterwards I noticed that the Maps.me app which are maps you can use off-line actually had Evita's tomb marked out. We spent about 90 minutes walking around the cemetery and also visited the Basilica de Nuestra which is next door to the cemetery and its small museum.
It was then a short walk to the Buenos Aires Fine Arts Museum (Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes). First gallery was dedicated to Rodin's time in BA and we saw yet another version of "The Kiss". Then a nice selection of impressionists before entering the special JW Turner exhibition from the Tate Gallery, London. This featured over 80 works through his whole career. We then finished the first floor which covers the periods up to the 19th century.
By now it
was 3 pm so we decided to have lunch. Strangely the museum doesn't have its own cafe and you are directed to a cafe at the back of the museum which we thought was too expensive so instead we went to a cafe from a flyer which was handed to me by a young lady as we entered the museum. Just had toasted sandwiches before walking back to complete the museum.
The second floor covers the 20th century and a special exhibition on Nicolas Garcia Uriburu who did things like dyeing the canals of Venice green in 1968. We took our time and rested for a while and left about 6 pm. The restaurants here don't open until 8 pm. Options were to visit the Decorative Arts or just wander around and Daisy chose the latter.
We walked along the back of Recoleta Cemetery and came across a shopping centre which was ideal for Daisy who suddenly found some energy. As soon as I found a chair I sat down and started doing the blog for today.,
8.10 pm came around and I decided to look for Daisy so we could go to dinner as
I figured she was in shopping mode and wouldn't notice the time. Sure enough I caught her walking into another shop and suggested we better go to dinner. We walked to a restaurant I found with good reviews but unfortunately we couldn’t get a table without a reservation, so we we started walking back towards our apartment and came across a restaurant called Covadonga, just two blocks from home so we gave it a try and it was very good. The waiter, however, had just a little English so we relied on Google translator to some extent. The strange thing was that he encouraged us to share the meals rather than have our own meals. He told Daisy the prawn risotto she wanted was very big, so we just ordered my choice of pork ribs. Well, it was very tasty but half wasn’t really enough for me and I wished we had ordered two as Daisy probably could have finished it on her own as well. Not to worry, we thought, we’d order dessert and again he said we should share it. I’ve never been to a restaurant before which encouraged you to order less food.
By the time
we finished, the restaurant was packed and it was 10 pm. The Argentinians certainly like going out late to eat. So with bellies not quite full but satisfied we headed home.
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