La Recoleta

Before our late afternoon flight home on Sunday, we visited the Recoleta area of Buenos Aires. We saw the Basílica de Nuestra Señora de Pilar, a beautiful white church built in 1716 by Jesuits.

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It was a foggy day, making for perfect weather to visit the famous Recoleta Cemetery, next to the basilica.

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One of the most famous residents of the cemetery is Eva Duarte Perón, known as Evita, the much beloved wife of Argentine president Juan Perón. She died from cancer in 1952 at the young age of 33.

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The exterior of her family’s mausoleum is adorned with plaques dedicated to the memory of Evita.

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Patrick didn’t want Danny’s picture taken here.

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Here lies Tomas O’Connor, maybe a distant relative?

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The boys were thrilled to find a cat wandering the cemetery and they loved petting him. We ended their fun when Danny tried to poke the cat’s eye. Not every animal can be as patient as Scout.

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After the cemetery, we walked through the stalls of artisans selling their wares in front of the basilica and cemetery. We bought two hanging little birds, a puzzle map of South America, a beautiful photograph of Avenida 9 de Julio and the obelisk, a statue of the basilica and a picture frame.

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For lunch we grabbed something quick from a street vendor. Danny ate a hamburger with no bun and Patrick made a no-meat “bread sandwich” with a hotdog bun stuffed into a burger bun.

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And then it was time to go. We took a cab to the airport, and much to the delight of the boys, we had to take a bus out to the plane.

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The flight home started off well. Danny fell asleep, I ate a salad and Brian and Patrick took turns pretending to be zoo animals and feeding each other. That didn’t last. Poor Danny is getting new teeth and he screamed for most of the rest of the flight. A less than helpful flight attendant asked me if I had a bottle for him. I didn’t. He stopped taking a bottle months ago and he never took a pacifier.

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Despite the rough flight home, we had a wonderful trip. We loved Buenos Aires and we can’t wait to go back!

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