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South America » Uruguay » West » Colonia del Sacramento February 23rd 2006

Mom, Aunti San and I boreded a buque bus ( a fast ferry) to Colonia Uruguay. We met a very nice man, Eduardo, who for a small fee drove us all around Colonia in his taxi and told us all about the place. Mom and Aunti San kept asking about real estate....after mom found out some of the prices she asked if there were any snakes. Eduardo said she would be safe in town. He also took us to the old bull fighting ring and also a small chapel where the bullfighters used to go to make offerings. These offerings consisted of small silver pieces from their suites. There were also small charms of different body parts people would offer as prayer to get better. Rows of feet, ears, hands, hearts, eyes, etc. The chapel was ... read more
Capilla
the wall
In Colonia

South America » Uruguay » West » Colonia del Sacramento February 17th 2006

Three weeks three countries... No I'm not just collecting Stamps in my passport I really heard its worth going to Uruguay. Colonia What is there to say about Colonia. It was founded 1680 by the Portuguese to piss of the Spanish which just founded Buenos Aires and to smuggle stuff into BA. It is named by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site; it is really cute and has lot of old building and cobble stone streets. Have a look at the pics and you know what I mean. Montevideo Before you ask no I didn’t mention that I live in Australia while I'm in Montevideo. Somehow that didn’t seem to be a wise thing to do. (For the non Australians. Australia beat Uruguay in the qualifier of the WM and kicked them out of the race ... read more
View of Colonia from the ferry
Calle de los suspiros
Another pic of a pretty street

South America » Uruguay » West » Colonia del Sacramento December 24th 2005

¡Hola! We left BsAs this morning straight to the ferrylineas station without our big bags. The objective was to get to Colonia del Sacramento, Uruguay as soon as possible. I thought they had services at least once an hour, but it turned out we *just* missed the 9 o´clock Aquebus service. The next ferry to Colonia after the 9 o´clock was 11:15 am, so we managed to get two tickets before the line got crowded with Argentines and tourists visiting Uruguay for the day. Immigration is on the Argentine side, and it went smoothly. After securing our spots on the ferry which felt like airplane settings, we walked around the ferry to check it out. Many of the passengers seemed to be regular visitors, either Argentines or Uruguayans (often call themselves as "Orientales", as the full ... read more
Welcome to Uruguay
Colonia del Sacramento
Porto Colonia

South America » Uruguay » West » Colonia del Sacramento December 19th 2005

When I enquired about excursions from Buenos Aires, the last thing I expected to hear about was a trip over to Uruguay. An opportunity to tick another country off of the list, and see for myself how different the people are to the Argentinians? Well of course I went! Two days full of smiles. Except for the beginning. I took the ferry over to the capital city of Montevideo and stepped into the biggest rainstorm I´ve seen in a few months. I was lucky to not be carrying around my big pack as I stomped through the puddles. I muttered under my breath over and over a saying that a friend from Vancouver once told me, ¨It´s just rain, you´re not sugar, you won´t disintegrate¨. And yes this is true, but it can still make you ... read more
Road to the Rio de la Plata
Graffiti Art
Palacio Salvo

South America » Uruguay » West » Colonia del Sacramento December 2nd 2005

Is my mother reading this? Hola MAMA! We went to this little town called Colonia in Uruguay. It was the original Buenos Aires in the 18th century and the major trade port for South America and Spain. So the entire old part of the city is surrounded by white-painted cement or stucco walls. The trees all bloom bright fuscia or purple flowers and we stayed at this little Bed and Breakfast called Postada de las Naranjos (Hotel of the Oranges-and there really were orange trees) so you can imagine how beautiful the whole place was. there's nothing much to do here. Everyone seriously carries around thermoses full of hot water and little gourds for drinking Mate. Which is this strong tea from Brazil. Seriously...EVERYONE carries this stuff around....like their purse. The old Portuguese Museum I went ... read more
Uruguay is Beautiful! and so are the people!
Colonia is old school.
Colonia is old school.

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South America » Uruguay » West » Colonia del Sacramento December 2nd 2005

And in this section we cross the Foz, ride thru´a bit of don´t-cry-for-me-land, have a run-in with the cops, and win!, make the easiest frontier yet, discover another hidden treasure in Uraguay, choose the Devil over Eden, and more.... I was riding along this morning just contemplating some of the perfect pear-shaped bottoms I´d seen in Copercobana and Ipanema, in fact on nearly all the beaches, but in Brasil they are special....and I was wondering who was the unimaginative jerk, locked in some dingy office, riding his overneat desk thru´his boring life and came up with the sicko idea of describing something that has failed as Pear-shaped!...unbelievable...why not brick-shaped, or cuboid or flat or passionfruit-shaped..pears are so perfect, and in relation to body parts, absolutely perfect...if I was working on a project and it turned pear-shaped ... read more
Outboard Powered Ferry
Finally found the turn-off
House Boat?

South America » Uruguay » West » Colonia del Sacramento November 30th 2005

Didn´t get time to load the Uruguay pics yesterday, so here goes...... read more
pigeon in ruin wall
ruin wall
old Spanish fort gate

South America » Uruguay » West » Colonia del Sacramento November 18th 2005

Hello everyone! We´re in Colonia, Uruguay at the moment, having spent 2 great days in Buenos Aires. Great food, cheap wine, sunny & hot, and Jane´s fluency in Spanish is second to none! We´re off to Montevideo, Uruguay tomorrow for a couple of days, then back to Buenos Aires for more sightseeing and steaks. Not quite sure of our plans after that. Depends whether CHRIS FRY comes and joins us or not. (He´d be mad not to with beer at 40p a pint and fine wine at about a pound a bottle). This is our test Travelblog entry - not sure whether it works or is any good, so feedback would be great. Having a brilliant time but obviously missing you all. Love Mr & Mrs W xxxxxx... read more

South America » Uruguay » West » Colonia del Sacramento October 20th 2005

Having spent almost a week in busy Buenos Aires , we decided to 'pop over'to Uruguay for a day for some fresh air. This meant a boat trip to Colonia del Sacremento, which by fast boat took one hour and cost 100 pesos, but by slow took three hours and cost 50 pesos. Now seeing as the fast boat left 2 hours after the slow boat... (duh!) the decision was simple! Colonia was a nice little town with cobbled streets (painful on my ankle!), various dinky museums, a little harbour for the local yachting fraternity, and some nice beaches. Unfortunately not having brought our Driving licence on the day, we couldn´t hire a moped to get to the Bullring, but seeing as neither of us had driven one before, probably a good thing! On the way ... read more
Colonia Lighthouse
Colonia Sculpture
The Buquebus

South America » Uruguay » West » Colonia del Sacramento October 19th 2005

Escaped busy BA for calm Colonia! Pretty little old town here, although strangely seems to have very few current residents. Unfortunately it's a bit like a ghost town but with restaurants and shops dotted around for the tourists. Doesn't detract from pretty views out over the Delta though and could just make out lights of BA across the water at nighttime from the restaurant terrace! Don't really need more than a day here so am moving on to Montevideo tomorrow, which is meant to have a young, hip vibe. Will be staying with Maria, who used to work at Christie's, so it'll be great to see it from a local point of view.... read more
Cafe in Colonia
Cobbled Colonia street




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