Early 2012 Marniewdc did a marvelous post"mystery tour.....en espanol". She and DH had the good fortune to visit with their Spanish teacher.
Last week DH & I embarked on our "journey" to Beccar and Villa Ocampo. What the website did NOT specify was whether it was necessary to take a tour to see the interior of the mansion. being cautious, we timed our arrival for the 2:30 tour on Friday afternoon.
We took the Mitre line from Belgrano C. The train was NOT timely. When it arrived, it was an old train, crowded, slow and had NO A/C. Why couldn't someone give this JUBILADO a seat????? Perhaps i didn't look like I needed it at that moment. When we finally reached BECCAR we got off the platform in the middle of the station. I looked right and left......and saw a familiar identity point: URIBURU.(Yes, I looked at a map on the villa ocampo site beforehand.
We walked down Uriburu...what a wonderful leafy street of large,gated properties.......came to a private security guard booth...and inquired if we were going correctly. YES, we were.
We crossed Libertador(another identity point for me) and the next street on the right was ELORTONDO....and Villa OCampo.
When we paid our "bono" admission, I then learned that it was NOT necessary to take a tour to access the mansion. Would have left Palermo earlier....when it was cooler.....if I had known.
We opted to NOT take the tour......the brochure handed out is pretty comprehensive. The grounds are magnificent.......munching on a sandwich and drinks on the open veranda was a delight: we didn't want to leave. At 4 PM the tour was STILL in progress and we tagged on to the end of it to see the upstairs.(otherwise roped off). Remember: the tour is in Spanish!
We walked back to Beccar sta.....and in very short order a train arrived . LUCKILY, it was new, uncrowded,fast and had A/C. Almost wanted to take it to Retiro......but sanity prevailed.
Considering ALL the time we have spent in BA.......and all the things we have done and seen......VILLA OCAMPO IS WORTH A VISIT.
Cheers, my dears.