Quiet Day in Colonia


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March 13th 2009
Published: March 13th 2009
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WagonWagonWagon

Bet someone parked this thing here on purpose, artsy photo for tourists
I woke up today not sure where I was going to be staying. It was up to current hotel, if they had a space for tonight I would stay, if not I would catch a bus to Montevideo. I am happy with either possibility, or anything new. Life is wonderfully slow in Colonia and I am the most relaxed I've been on this trip so far.
Uruguay is a fascinating country, or at least the one historical town that I visited. Some restaurants have Swiss food, others have Italian, and more have barbequed beef. The local cheese is quite good. Everyone seems mellow and quietly friendly. There is absolutely no pressure on tourists. Most of us walk around the historic town taking photos (that was yesterday). Today I am going for a walk on the beach.
I´ve booked a hotel in Montevideo for tomorrow night. Apparently the bus system is quite good.


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ColoniaColonia
Colonia

Yup, I like it here. Slow, gentle pace with a European flavor in the tropics.
WaterWater
Water

Lovely walks along coast
BunchBunch
Bunch

Ham and cheese and palm heart sandwich.
RainbowRainbow
Rainbow

Things are great here
Pink TreePink Tree
Pink Tree

I think this grows in a tiny bush in Canada
TilesTiles
Tiles

Map of old town painted on wall tiles
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UNESCO

The historic town was made a UNESCO site in 1995
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Drawbridge

Traditional entrance to Portuguese fortress. Yes, that is a mime dressed in black, standing on a box
RuinsRuins
Ruins

These are the ruins of a Portuguese grand house
Old StreetOld Street
Old Street

You can see the traditional drainage ditch in centre
CraftsCrafts
Crafts

Artesans have shops to sell their crafts.
ArtArt
Art

Nice shops in the historic town to pop into. The t-shirt places are on mainstreet
Cafe cultureCafe culture
Cafe culture

Cafe and motorcycle/scooter culture...great for warm weather
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Inspirational

Around every corner there is a view that inspires art. Many tourists were setting up cameras for that perfect shot
LighthouseLighthouse
Lighthouse

For $15 U, you can climb the lighthouse to see the town
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Top of Lighthouse

We took photos of the surroundings and each other
Looking DownLooking Down
Looking Down

From the lighthouse you can look into ruins of Jesuit building. Can you see the cat looking up at the pigeons?
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Ferry

Looking from top of lighthouse, towards the ferry terminal
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Fixer Up

When I win the lottery I will buy this property and fix it up into a great hostel on the waterfront
PierPier
Pier

View from pier looking back to town


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