Finally we are in Buenos Aires to stay and I have booked a guided Evita tour to satisfy the bucket list item for “she who must be obeyed”. We are driven through the green leafy suburbs of upper class, northern BA where all the embassies are located. Our guide relates the Eva Peron story which is well known to anyone who has seen Evita. Two things surprise me, firstly there is still a whole lot affection out there for the Perons. We are fed stories of cynical shenanigans to stay in power, money siphoned off to Swiss bank accounts etc whereas here the focus is on reform, charity lost of good done for the people of Argentina. The second thing that staggers me arises from visiting the Evita museum where they out line her life with props, mementos, dresses used by her and actual newsreel of the life and times of Evita. The life story is amazingly accurately presented in Evita. The show could almost be described as a documentary about her life, albeit with critical counterpoint presented by Che.
The tour finished with the Recoleta cemetery where Evita is buried and this fascinating city of the dead with the above ground mausoleums is a not to be missed feature.
Later we walk 20 minutes from the hotel (notwithstanding the moans of the excessive walking distance involved from one who shall not be named) to the famous presidential palace the Casa Rosada, sparkling in the setting sun.