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South America » Uruguay » West » Colonia del Sacramento October 13th 2010

Wednesday 12th October 2010 Leaving Montevideo we took the bus to Colonia del Sacrimento. Checking into Colonia Hostel we hired the worst bikes ever. Richard’s chain came off any time he tried to apply any force & Joanne’s brakes didn’t work, all combined with the fact neither of us could sit down on the unpadded saddles! We cycled up and down the cobbled streets of the old town before finding the paved coast road to the beaches. Unfortunately they weren’t much to look at with cold grey water so we headed back to the hostel, covered in oil. We wandered to the ferry port to buy tickets to Buenos Aires but forgot our passports not thinking about the border crossing, but the chap said there was plenty of room & we could book on the morning. ... read more
Our Monster Bikes
Another cold grey beach.
The lighthouse we couldn't climb

South America » Uruguay » West » Colonia del Sacramento October 5th 2010

Well, this first entry is entirely dedicated to Colonia del Sacramento, in Uruguay. It's such a magical place, it really draws you to the past and yet it makes you feel so at ease, it feels like home. I went with a friend of mine, María, who kept on insisting in taking a daytrip to Colonia. Since it's just an hour on ferry and we were going just for the day, I said "ok, let's go for it". We got to Colonia last weekend, the weather was delightful!, although slightly cool at nighttime. We head up to a bar to have a meal and decided what to do around. Sure, it's all about sightseeing Colonia del Sacramento's historic quarter, but we wanted to make sure not to miss its main locations. I didn't inform myself about ... read more

South America » Uruguay » West » Colonia del Sacramento July 23rd 2010

Colonia del Sacramento, in the far west of Uruguay and on the opposite bank of the River Plate from Buenos Aires, is more than just the gateway from Uruguay to Argentina. It has to rank up there as one of the prettiest towns I’ve visited. It’s one of the oldest towns in Uruguay, having been founded by the Portuguese to counter the Spanish growth in Buenos Aires. Consequently it is rich in both history and architecture, having changed constantly from Spanish to Portuguese control. Not much has changed in the historic city in the last century or two, so the whole area within what remains of the city walls retains a historic feeling. The most noticeable building has to be the lighthouse, which is built in the middle of a ruined Franciscan abbey. From the top ... read more
Colonia Lighthouse
The marina
One of the many vintage cars parked in the town

South America » Uruguay » West » Colonia del Sacramento June 10th 2010

Colonia da Sacramento is quite a contrast to Montevideo. It is polished, classy and expensive. It is a complete and beautifully restored colonial town full of lovely guest houses, shops and restaurants and set against the backdrop of the River Plate. Across the River Plate is Buenos Aires so Colonia fills us with Portenos every weekend, even in the winter. We enjoyed walking around the cobbled streets, visiting the tiny museums, climbing the lighthouse and watching the pretty sunset each night. There were some very quirky restaurants, one we ate in had the owner come out in a different silly hat every ten minutes to entertain the younger guests. Another had some outdoor seating ... in an old car. It was an enjoyable couple of days. ... read more
Red hot pokers
Colonia da Sacramento
The old walls around Colonia

South America » Uruguay » West » Colonia del Sacramento April 27th 2010

Uruguay! All I can remember about getting to the ferry port was that it was early. I do remember waking Amanda up and meeting Vikki and Vijay and then I remember being on the ferry and sleeping. Nice ferry though - I had a whole row of seats to myself to stretch out on. Poor Vikki was the only one left awake. A few hours later and we're in Colonia, Uruguay. We hop into a taxi and are taken to the old town. Between the four of us and with the very short distance from the port - the taxi was mega cheap! We arrived at the wall of a very pretty little town. All of the house were either white or grey stone with cobbled streets, old fashioned lampposts and 1950s cars outside. I loved ... read more
Amazing car!
May I live here please?
Old town

South America » Uruguay » West » Colonia del Sacramento April 12th 2010

From the crisp cool days of Bariloche to the balmy sunshine days of....Uruguay. We travelled to Colona del Sacramento from Buenos Aires by fast ferry over the Rio de la Plata, which according to some is the widest river in the world although isn't considered a river at all by others. And I thought Spanish was confusing. We are staying at another gorgeous little hotel called Hotel la Mision right on the main Plaza of the old town, or Barrio Historico. That makes it sound much grander than it actually is, because the whole town is about the size of a handkerchief, however an extremely quaint and very cute little handkerchief! On our first night Lucy and I went to a gorgeous little restaurant / bar called El Drugstore and I ate the freshest fish ever ... read more
Hotel La Mision
Porton de Campo
Calle de los Suspiros

South America » Uruguay » West » Colonia del Sacramento February 26th 2010

Colonia, une ville en Urugay en face de Bs As. Tres agreable pour une ballade d'une demi-journee. J'en profite pour redire que tout va bien pour moi meme si je suis tjs en patagonie chilienne. Cette region n'est pas du tout concernee par les tremblements de terre.... read more
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South America » Uruguay » West » Colonia del Sacramento February 18th 2010

I opted for the overnight bus to get to Uruguay. The Argentineans are renowned for having mastered bus travel and provide a supreme amount of options in terms of companies and classes of seat available. What they neglected divulge was that the air conditioning would blast out arctic-cold air for the entire night reducing the inside of the bus to a giant refrigerator. For everyone else with warm blankets and steaming cups of tea this probably wasn't an issue. For me wearing nothing but shorts, t-shirt and flip flops this resulted in a frozen night sleep. The first rays of sunlight in the morning were very welcome indeed. There is no direct bus to Uruguay and my first destination in the country which was Punta del Este. The bus literally stopped at the side of the ... read more
Hand in the Sand
Punte Del Este
Punte Del Este Beach

South America » Uruguay » West » Colonia del Sacramento February 18th 2010

Is a river but it seems like the endless sea when you cross it. On one side there is Buenos Aires, the capital of Argentina. On the oder side there is Montevideo, the capital of Uruguay And Colonia del Sacramento. Where the stormy waters of the rio crash against old bastions And the wild winds blow you off the light house You breathe the air of a long forgotten smuggler’s treasure ... read more
city walls
old houses in Colonia
more old houses

South America » Uruguay » West » Colonia del Sacramento February 2nd 2010

Geo: -34.4771, -57.8386 Everyone said we'd love Colonia. Everyone. Our slow, meandering bus ride from Frey Bentos took FOREVER, but we finally arrived and walked, dragging suitcases up beautiful bumpy broken tree lined streets, to our hotel. We loved the city immediately. But of course, everywhere we've been we've thought--how clean! how quiet! how lovely! Sounds like we didn't like Montevideo much, doesn't it? We were hot and sweaty by the time we'd had lunch and walked around the historic area, so we spent a good 2 hours in the pool, then back in the pool, then back in the pool again. Even Bob went swimming, so you KNOW it was hot. Our hotel is old, but cool. Kari, the hallways remind me of Chico 'cause they squeak when you walk on them, and they're wavy, ... read more
Don't You Just Want to BE There?
Stretching from One Riverbank to Another
Portuguese Streets Have No Sidewalks




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