Venus and the Glasshouse in the Botanic Gardens.
Took the Subte to Plaza Italia this morning for a walk around the Botanic Gardens. These gardens are not huge, and are fairly simple plant-wise, but extremely well cared for and full of lots of sculptures, also with plenty of signs about the sculptures and plants in English. Also has a nice old glasshouse, but it is locked so can´t go in. The gardens are full of stray cats, but no dogs, so it must be a bit of a sanctuary! Many people were just sitting around on the benches reading the Saturday paper, so obviously a bit of an oasis from the busy life of Buenos Aires. We also noticed people on the street with bags of cat food, feeding the strays, so this explains why many of them look so healthy!
We then walked down to the Japanese Garden, another immaculately cared for garden in the middle of the city.
Japanese Gardens with the Bridge of Decisions in the forefront.
It´s run by a cultural foundation so you can also take classes and attend seminars on issues relating to Japan and its culture. Lots of winding paths, ponds, bridges and carp set the scene and take you away from the city for a short while. It was then our intention to visit the Malba Art Gallery, but the woman on the desk said she couldn´t change our 100 peso note, even though we know she had change in the till because the people ahead of us gave her some! As we´d got the notes from the ATM and had nothing else, we walked away. We´ll go back on Wednesday, when it´s free, so that will save us 30 pesos! We then wandered back along Alcorta to the Floralis Generis, the US$6million moving sculpture of a flower that opens at dawn and closes at dusk. It´s quite impressive, sitting above a pond of water. Walked back through the artisans market at Recoleta Cemetary, then home.