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229. fitting final visit ◊

During my last week in Buenos Aires before moving to Sydney, I wanted to make one final visit to Recoleta Cemetery. No camera, no notes… just stroll around & appreciate a place that I’ve come to know better than almost anyone. So today when Marcelo came up from La Plata to say goodbye, we decided to make that final visit together.

Good thing Mar brought his camera because it was the 56th anniversary of Eva Perón’s death. Talk about an appropriate day to make my final call. With almost the same amount of flowers as on her birthday, the crowds were larger & there was much more Peronista propaganda taped near her family vault.

Eva Perón, Recoleta Cemetery

The going was slow, so I read more praise while waiting:

Eva Perón, Recoleta Cemetery

Lots of posters covered the door & a married couple hung around, explaining to everyone what the fuss was about:

Eva Perón, Recoleta Cemetery

Eva Perón, Recoleta Cemetery

This was an interesting wreath given by the National Secretariat of the 62 Peronist Organizations… formed to keep the Peronist ideal alive after his ousting in 1955:

Eva Perón, Recoleta Cemetery

I’ve always thought that the surrounding families wouldn’t appreciate such a spectacle. Eva Perón doesn’t necessarily belong in Recoleta Cemetery—a subtle nuance that most visitors fail to understand. As a champion of the people & an enemy of the upper class, Eva should be resting in peace elsewhere rather than surrounded by those who would have likely hated her. So on any day when Peronistas make a fuss over the Duarte family vault, Eva’s neighbors get plastered with images which are probably not very agreeable to them.

Regardless of political implications, the day was perfect for my last visit to Recoleta Cemetery… until I return to Buenos Aires next year.

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189. happy birthday, eva ◊

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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