Thursday, April 30, 2015

Argentina Trip - Day 3

On my 3rd day, R spent the day with me.  By the end of the day, I LITERALLY had blisters on my feet!  

Our first stop was the federal court house - their Supreme Court building.  It was an old, architectural building.  We walked through, but was not allowed to take photos.  

We ate pizza for lunch, then took a tour of Teatro Colon - pics of the inside are below.  It is the main opera house in Buenos AiresArgentina. It is ranked the third best opera house in the world by National Geographic, and is acoustically considered to be amongst the five best concert venues in the world.
Teatro Colon
I took my local paper to get my pic placed in it's News Travels section.  :)

I was told this is ACTUALLY NOT a is a bush.  a HUMONGOUS bush.  Every time we would see this plant, R would say, "tree, but not a tree"  :)  Beautiful!

Inside of Teatro Colon - was told it got more beautiful in it's architecture in the upper levels since it was "ascending closer to the heavens" says the tour guide.
stain glass window with MUSES along edge

While there, there were several dancers practicing or an upcoming show.  There were lots of whispers that the guy in the burgundy outfit was Maximiliano Guerra - a very famous ballet dance from Argentina.  I only found out how big of a deal it was that I got to see him after Ricardo told everyone later and researching him later in the hotel room at the end of the night.

Here is a compilation video of some of Maximiliano's moves - impressive!

they were having a professional photographer take pics for their upcoming show.  

testing the lights inside the theater

they turned the light sup enough for us to view how stunning the theater is.  

The guide pointed out peculiarities like the President’s box toward the side (which provides the President with a terrible view of the stage, but the public with a great view of her). Also interesting was a row of seats hidden behind a black grate, beneath the lowest balcony, for recently bereaved widows. They were supposedly not supposed to be seen by the public.  Weirdness. 

ceiling of theater

This sculpture is holding up one of the massive branches from one of those "tree, but not a tree"  It was located near La Recoleta
La Recoleta:   is a cemetery located in the Recoleta neighbourhood of Buenos AiresArgentina. It contains the graves of notable people, including Eva Perónpresidents of ArgentinaNobel Prize winners, the founder of the Argentine Navy and a granddaughter of Napoleon. In 2011, the BBC hailed it as one of the world's best cemeteries, and in 2013, CNN listed it among the 10 most beautiful cemeteries in the world.

There were many stray cats in the cemetery.  People leave food and water for them.

The family tomb of Eva Peron - former First Lady.

I like the reflection AND the shadow on the front of the tomb.

random book left

looking through the circular hole, it looks like a face looking out....creepy.  

Some of my favorite images from the Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes (fine arts).

another tree. but not  a tree

Law School building
Floralis Generica -  a sculpture made of steel and aluminum located in Plaza de las Naciones Unidas, It is a gift to the city by the Argentine architect Eduardo Catalano. The sculpture was designed to move, closing its petals in the evening and opening them in the morning, although this mechanism is currently disabled.

PLaza Mitre

Interesting evergreen type tree

It has pine cone type things.  When I picked one up, the triangular edges were razor sharp!  OW!

Some of my favorite images from Museo Nacional de Arte Decorativo (decorative art)

cool shadow effects

when we left, there was some kind of fundraiser going on that R and I laughed at because the greyhound dogs were dressed in velvet clothes and sitting on the nice furniture.  

After all this, I waited for R at a McDonald's while he attended an appointment, then we went back to his place and ate milanezas, potatoes, herbed tomato, and bread.

Jeremias!  Isn't he gorgeous?!  

my blistered feet!  Pic does not do it justice!