Argentinians love them some Carlos Gardel — so much so that a neighborhood-sized shrine exists just for him! Possibly the most famous person in tango history, Gardel died way before his time in a horrible Buddy Holly-esque plane crash. His house has been restored and opened as a museum, in the Abasto district of Buenos Aires. For me, walking through the surrounding streets and finding all of the portraits of him painted on windows, walls and elsewhere became like a puzzle, and his flowery lyrics fun to try to translate with my intermediate Spanish. It might be tourist-y to some, but I loved the history lesson — and also the colorful filete style of painting that adorns the area. Trust me, you’ll know it when you see it…
Argentina’s famous filete style of painting
Filete painting is everywhere!
My tango history lesson about Carlos Gardel came courtesy of Buenos Aires Local Tours, run by the brilliant, passionate tour guide Jonathan. He does the tours for tips only and has a wealth of local knowledge, both past and current. It was a fascinating day!
For information on touring the Carlos Gardel museum, which has been built in what was once his home, click here: Museo Carlos Gardel
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