Who was Eva Perón? Understanding Buenos Aires

Sometimes the lives of a city and a character are inextricably intertwined. As travellers on a mission to get under the skin of our destinations, a little knowledge of a person’s life, their impact and legacy can be instrumental in understanding the places we explore. During a trip to Buenos Aires in December 2014, I was struck by the number of everyday references to Peronism and Eva Perón herself. Some are subtle (on bank notes, the odd cutout image behind a shop counter or in a bar) and some not so subtle (the Eva Peron Museum in Palermo, or her lavish tomb in La Recoleta cemetery).

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