Who Goes to a Cemetery on Their Honeymoon?

27 Jul

My husband and I spent several hours at a cemetery during our honeymoon.

The Recoleta Cemetery was one of the highlights of the honeymoon, as strange as that may sound. You will understand when you see some of the photos. We are not “Goth” people. My husband is a history buff, and I like art.

Though we were married in 2005, we spent our honeymoon in Buenos Aires, Argentina in 2006. We chose the destination for the principle reason of combining our honeymoon with a visit to a dear friend who was unable to attend our wedding due to her South American travel plans. I enjoyed the trip very much, and I’m sure a “tropical paradise” would not have been as interesting.

The Recoleta Cemetery in Buenos Aires is filled with impressively tall, elaborate, and expensive mausoleums and statues. Intrigued by the textures and uniqueness of each structure and figure, I took so many photographs I thought I would drain the battery on my camera. I have shared some of my favorites here, but they don’t truly capture the scale or beauty of the cemetery.

The Recoleta is like a miniature city, where the residents happen to be dead. There are buildings, blocks, and streets, but don’t bother knocking on the doors … no one will answer.

Some of the structures were crumbling, while others retained their original imposing form.

An Egyptian tomb seemed out-of-place.

I was very taken by the poses of the angels here.

A beautiful plant to look at, but notice the thorns!

Eva Peron (otherwise known as Evita) rests at the Recoleta. Her remains were smuggled into this very upper class cemetery by supporters because her lower class origins would have officially disallowed her entombment.

The cemetery is teeming with feral cats, which are fed by the caretakers. Having a cat skitter across the path while one is walking among tombs is rather startling, I can assure you.

The cemetery is a Must See if you ever find yourself in Buenos Aires.

We also spent quite a long while in The National Arms Museum, which was practically next door to our hotel. This fascinating museum features “18 rooms where exhibitions describe the historical and technical evolution of the weapons of the world [from] the 12th century to the present” according to the brochure. Although I have no photographs of the experience, I had a terrific time admiring the craftsmanship and intricate design of ancient and modern weapons and armor from all corners of the world.

Other activities we enjoyed in the area include an evening spent at Opera Pampa (history-based rodeo/musical theater in a large arena), a tour of the historical ship/museum Frigata Sarmiento in Puerto Madera and a visit to colorful Caminito in La Boca. Opera Pampa was amazing — videos of it are available on YouTube if you are curious. I have included a few images of the frigate and the charmingly artful Caminito below.

A living statue!

The one regret I have about our Buenos Aires adventure is missing the enormous mechanical flower sculpture. Apparently, the metal blossom is timed to open at sunrise and close at sunset! We drove by during the day but were unable to witness the movement due to time factors during our trip. If we ever return to the area, I will be sure to schedule time to see it bloom.

I highly recommend Buenos Aires for those looking to expand their horizons.

11 Responses to “Who Goes to a Cemetery on Their Honeymoon?”

  1. bigsheepcommunications July 27, 2011 at 8:34 am #

    We didn’t honeymoon in a cemetery, but I do find them fascinating and peaceful places. Love your photos, especially the one with the green doors.

  2. pegoleg July 27, 2011 at 2:07 pm #

    The cemetery is beautiful, especially the tomb with the angels – they’re so expressive. If you start your marriage surrounded by the dead, there’s nowhere to go but up!

  3. georgettesullins July 28, 2011 at 4:26 am #

    I love the colorful homes of wood. Great, great pictures. If you know some Spanish you can give it a workout at http://www.learner.org, click on Destinos: An Introduction to Spanish where adventure takes you to Argentina and to Recoleta (episodes 12- 18)…a bit outdated but very well done.

  4. Rose Ribbon July 31, 2011 at 12:03 am #

    Hello! Beautiful photos! I love the doors… I don’t know why, but I always do. I just took a series of doors in Santorini. I haven’t posted yet, but I can’t wait to. Anyhow, love your blog! ~Pam

  5. Selma August 1, 2011 at 11:04 pm #

    That is an incredible cemetery. I would definitely go there on my honeymoon. I like the doors too – they are just gorgeous. And it’s great to see the cats making themselves at home!

  6. natasiarose August 4, 2011 at 6:05 am #

    I loooove this post! The pictures are amazing they make me want to visit. 🙂

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