Bonus country: Uruguay!

Posted on April 15, 2010. Filed under: Uncategorized |

So from the magnificence of Iguazú to the quiet charm and beauty of Uruguay. Uruguay was our bonus country; not on the original plan, but added in as people had told us it was great, and our research confirmed it looked like our kind of place. So we stole 5 nights from our Argentinean leg (sorry Argentina!) and gave it to Montevideo, Uruguay's capital, and Colonia del Sacremento , Uruguay's loveliest spot.

First was Montevideo, a charming coastal city seeped in history. We stayed in a wee hotel outside of the old city as a decent hostel or b&b proved hard to locate. One of our first finds was this lovely fountain in the centre of the city:



All along the edge of the fountain, are hundreds of locks, all hand engraved. There is a plaque on the front of the fountain that provides an explanation. The English version of the text reads, "The legend of this young fountain tells us that if a lock with the initials of two people in love is placed in it, they will return together to the fountain and their love will be forever locked." Luckily for us, it also served as a wedding gift for our closest friends (hi guys!) who were getting wed 2 days later. So we spent the remainder of the day locating a locksmith, engraving a lock and finding someone at home (hi Lainey!) who could help with the gift delivery. We got it done and it seemed to go down well :-).



We liked Montevideo and spent 3 nights there. It's an interesting mix of old and new. I particularly liked this building, the executive tower where the president of Uruguay has his administrative office.

And there was the art. Some clever artist had repurposed several Coca Cola signs into a way to show their art. We found them on a pedestrian street in the old town, and I loved them.

We also came across the Spanish Cultural Centre when we were there, which had a very interesting exhibit running there. But what I liked most about the building was the outside of it:


Our next stop was the jewel in the crown of tourist Uruguay – Colonia del Sacremento. It's a gorgeous, old crumbly town, home to places like this:




and views like this, taken from the top of a refurbished lighthouse:



Here we encountered a beautiful 3 bedroom apartment with sea/river view for about £5000. You’d have to be tempted, or maybe that’s just us ;-) We did eat in a great restaurant there that, although the service left a fair bit to be desired, it was more than made up for. Mainly as this was our table, a repurposed car alongside the restaurant:


When we had finished flirting with the lovely town of Colonia it was time to get back to Argentina. This was done by getting a bus from the town to Carmelo, and then from there getting a ferry. James loved this trip, and took about 100 pictures, mostly variations on this theme:

And then we were back to Argentina..

xR

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