02.27.2013 - 02.27.2013
The ship’s shuttle bus brought us into the city and we walked through Florida Street (the wide pedestrian street) to the Teatro Colon. Hästa is posed on pink marble in the grand entrance staircase.
The theatre was opened in 1908 and is magnificent, as ornate as a French palace.
The chandeliers were all electrified when it was built, a further display of wealth at the time.
The concert hall seats 2500 and the acoustics are perfect – no sound system needed! The acoustics are considered to be so good as to place it in the top five performance venues in the world.
We posed in the Presidential Box.
Back on the street again we passed the obelisk commemorating the 4th centenary of the 1536 founding of the city on our way to the cathedral.
One of the liberators of South America, General San Martin, is buried here. The tomb has two soldiers in dress uniform guarding it.
An eternal flame honors the General’s memory.
The Cathedral as viewed from the Plaza de Mayo near the Casa Rosada.
Little Argentinian green grasshoppers seem to like the ship (even up here on the 10th floor) – we had a nice quiet afternoon reading outside, just us and the grasshopper, before we set sail from beautiful Buenos Aires.