Thursday, July 13, 2017

RAINBOW TOUR CONTINUES......


We had mixed reviews on whether to go see the Museo Evita, a museum devoted just for Argentina's iconic first lady and wife of President Juan Domingo Perón. Housed in a gorgeous 1923 mansion that from 1948 belonged to Eva Perón's social foundation, Museo Evita celebrates the Argentine heroine with videos, historical photos, books and posters. However, the prize memorabilia has to be her wardrobe: dresses, shoes, handbags, hats and blouses are all on display. For me that was enough to go see, and after seeing the display, I can say I do remember her pictured in many of the dresses. There was even a picture of her kicking a soccer ball – in heels .

 The Museum is worth the visit; although I highly recommend going on the tour.  I caught up with a tour guide about half way through the  museum and the guide proved to be very knowledgeable and entertaining. 

The museums walls are covered in quotes from Evita and little splices of history, but to get the full story and a better understanding of each room a guide is needed. We also had a late lunch there, and for a museum it was extremely and surprisingly delicious.
One day while walking around we came across the Palacio de Aguas Corrientes.
The Palace of Flowing Waters as it's known in English, is an architecturally significant water pumping station, yes!!! This is the most elegant public works building I have ever seen. The building was designed as a water pumping station in 1877 by Swedish Argentine architect Carlos Nyströmr, and completed in 1894. It was commissioned, in part, to replace a unsightly water tower on Lorea Plaza. Occupying a whole city block at the northern end of the city's Balvanera section, the Córdoba Avenue landmark still functions as a pumping station.The French renaissance palace was covered in over 300,000 glazed, multi-color terra cotta tiles imported from the renowned British ceramics maker, Royal Doulton. Hyacinth Bouquet would have been very pleased indeed! It features a tin mansard roof, and is emblazoned with escutcheons representing the 14 Argentine provinces, at the time. Words and pictures do not capture the beauty and size of this magnificent building.
The building does feature a museum inside, but we were told the outside was the piece de la résistance. And it certainly was. We figured to use our time seeing other points of interests and skipped the inside.

Up next...some gratuitous go-go's and some spirits.

42 comments:

  1. A water pumping station? My Gawd! The Evita museum looks very worthwhile. Did you want to steal any of her outfits, Mistress?

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  2. But you didn't answer the important question: Did the Royal Doulton tiles have periwinkles on them?!

    I wish my dressing up box is as glam as Eva Perón's!

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    1. We have missed you handsome! Alas no periwinkles on them....I'm sure if Sheraton were there, he'd be appalled.

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  3. dear me, such magnificence just to pump water!

    the strapless trimmed in green (final dress pix) - you would look FABU in that!

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    1. I wouldn't have to tuck my junk then at least.

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  4. The Evita museum looks interesting, but I don't know much about her, but the next building...WOW! that is truly amazing. I so need to go here in my lifetime

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  5. What an amazing trip you had, traveling to all these beautiful places! The Evita Museum would be worth the trip alone for me, and housed in such a elegant building.

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    1. I really loved the building, being an old mansion, gave a much more charming feel to the whole exhibit.

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  6. AAAAAAAAMAZINGGGGGGGGGGGGGG! Can't even imagine this trip...so cool too see.

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  7. inquiring minds want to know how many hats and brooches you pinched?

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  8. Lovely pictures, so cool to see these things she wore and used - this must be a fascinating place to visit.

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  9. The mansion it's in is very elegant. They pictures are making me itch to go south.

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    1. Not to worry , we have a ointment for that.

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  10. Talk about an intimate look into the life of one of the most influential women of the 20th century. I would have love to see this. Glad you didn't pass it up. Great pictures. Such an elegant First Lady.

    The Water Pumping building is downright breathtaking.

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  11. One of my nieces was an exchange student in Argentina.
    Another great post!

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    1. Hey, that's a great idea! Maybe I can go back on a exchange Citizen Program!

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  12. Evita's hats! oh my.
    And the architecture! You know what a whore I am for architecture. Just beautiful!

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  13. Loving these post Mistress.Having visited Buenos Aires once, and having read, extensively, about the Peron's and that period, I was interested in visiting this small gem of a historical museum. It's quite charming I thought. I missed the Palace of Flowing Waters . So glad you poste the picture, it's magnificent.

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  14. The costumes look really interesting. I am enjoying your tour!
    JP

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    1. I have the feeling you and Guido would totally get lost there in a tango. I will admit, I did wonder what you two would be up to with all that wonderful food there. In bed of course.

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  15. I have been interested in the life of Eva Peron, so I know I would enjoy this museum. Her fashion was wonderful.

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    1. Definitely must if you are an Argentine history or Evita fan. Only problem, they have tour in Spanish most time but it also is in English and French but not always, so some miss out on a lot of what is said. It is a nice time.

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  16. "They need to adore me
    So Christian Dior me from my head to my toes
    I need to be dazzling, I want to be rainbow high,
    They must have excitement, and so must I"

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    1. I see your working on you next drag number.

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  17. Sure enjoying this post and the others. We must add this to our trip list.

    We have also been hearing all about Bucks County on the national news lately. So glad they caught the guy.

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    1. Such a business with those poor missing guys, Yes there has been much excitement by the antiques shops and off 202S. Coming from raven one day was littered with press and authorities vehicles.

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  18. I loved the Evita museum pics. I find it fascinating that some of those outfits would still be very stylish if they were worn today.

    And THAT many tiles for a pumping station? They must have some stable of houseboys in there. ;-)

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    1. I always say a true diva wears the classics.....they will always be in style.

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  19. Would you like to wear one of Evita's dresses, Mistress? It might inspire your finest drag performance!

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    1. Who says I didn't try one on? Might have looked better with the wig though.

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  20. Maybe I just never tried the right shoes for playing soccer?

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  21. Talk about finding the story behind the icon. What a great little museum to go see. So far this trip looks so very fabulous. I must admit too, I had no idea the architecture was so stunning there.

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  22. I know you probably enjoyed the museum more than me, but I agree... it is a must see when in the city. And yes, when the Mistress got undress back at the room , I was alarmed at what fell out.

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  23. Fantastic. Love the Water plant! From what I can tell, it looks very Gothic.

    Have a most wonderful weekend. Don't forget to do your Buddy Ball Check tomorrow! Hugs!!

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  24. Thanks so much for sharing these post....there amazing.

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  25. To see her things must have been like rifling through your mothers closet I assume?

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Go ahead darling, tell me something fabulous!

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