189. happy birthday, eva ◊

07 May 2008

Apparently Remedios de Escalada isn’t the only one who receives a birthday bash. Tourists had no problem finding the unmarked tomb of Eva Duarte de Perón today thanks to the large number of wreaths spilling into the main walkway:

Eva Duarte de Perón, Recoleta Cemetery

Eva Duarte de Perón, Recoleta Cemetery

Eva Duarte was born this day in 1919 & is firmly entrenched not only in Argentine history but also in pop culture. A musical based on your life does that kind of thing. Copies of famous photos lined the way to her tomb, dressed to the nines. The pic that most caught my attention was taken from the balcony of the Palacio Real in Madrid during her state visit to meet Francisco Franco:

Eva Duarte de Perón, Recoleta Cemetery

Eva Duarte de Perón, Recoleta Cemetery

A woman with silver tennis shoes, a track suit & fuzzy poncho added to the spectacle. She was talking with other Argentines & tending to Eva’s tomb… taking flowers from the wreaths & placing them in every nook & cranny she could find. It all seemed a bit over the top:

Eva Duarte de Perón, Recoleta Cemetery

Eva Duarte de Perón, Recoleta Cemetery

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