Blogs from Uruguay, South America - page 97


If you cast yours eyes across the Rio de la Plata from Buenos Aires the coastline of Uruguay beckons. The ferry trip across the river provides a marvelous opportunity to experience life in this beautiful country of three million people; which in world terms is famous for the obvious ... Uruguay is a two time winner of the World Cup! The country triumphed at the inaugural 1930 World Cup final played in Montevideo, and managed to double the dose with a second euphoric victory in the 1950 world championship of football staged in Brazil. Oh yes, and as an Australian it's hard to forget the final qualifier for the 2002 World Cup finals when Uruguay knocked the Socceroos out of contention, again in Montevideo. Let's briefly recap, constant reader, to bring you up to speed on ... read more
Tree lined cobblestone street, Colonia
Heart of the city, Montevideo
 Down by the water, Colonia

South America » Uruguay » West » Colonia del Sacramento March 22nd 2003

Geo: -34.4771, -57.8386Off early; met guide. Into van and off to Colonia del Sacramento. Stopped for a coffee first. Next, we stopped at a small, "artisan" winery to view the process, taste their product. I was not wild about any of the wines, but we bought one we liked best. Really enjoyed Colonia del Sacramento, a protected UNESCO site. Architecture is quite interesting; loved the courtyards in many of the houses. Saw the Avenue of Sighs, where slaves were brought from the sea to the market during colonial times. WE didn't have a lot of time in Colonia, but we enjoyed what we had.On the way back, we stopped for a delicious lunch at a dairy farm. When we arrived, we saw this huge spread and assumed it must be for a large tour group ... ... read more
Street of Sighs

Geo: -40.0444, -58.3594Seas fairly flat -- though strong winds. Swells confused and choppy. Slept past 08.45h, decided not to rush it, so up to buffet. Kids played Pictionary with Aaron and won!Wrote journal, then up to Horizon Lounge for Trivia. I teamed with K&K and Aaron. We came in 2nd place. Celebrated with hot chocolate for all!Paul and I went out by the pool to read. The fresh air is nice, and the ambient temperature is comfortable as well. It's still breezy, though, even in the shelter. We had lunch in the dining room - curry. Then Paul and I dared the promenade deck for our constitutional. Six laps - "against the wind" is very challenging.After the walk, we wrote and 11 question "kids' trail" for K&K and their friend. They worked on it until Trivia. ... read more

Geo: -34.8941, -56.0675Up in time for breakfast in dining room. Made another kids' trail for K&K and Aaron. Did a warm, long promenade. Lunch outside for the first time in ages. Watched approach to Montevideo. Flat city, many skyscrapers stretched over large area. Population about 1.8 million -- about half the country. It had been very windy coming up Rio de la Plata. We stood on deck, being blown about, watching the ship doc. It took two tugs and both stern and bow side thrusters pushing against the strong wind to bring us in. We weren't sure we were going to able to make it.We cleared customs quickly, then headed to shore. Took the free van to the leather-shop - everyone was taking this route, so the bus was quite crowded. But it was a free ... read more
Montevideo from port
Downtown Montevideo
In Montevideo

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