It is winter in Colonia.
The Sycamore trees stand naked: their bare branches reach into the air like flesh-less fingers.
The crooked blue table-clothed tables stay quiet: the finely-wrapped cutlery rolls onto the cobblestoned ground.
Hotel doors are shut. Huge rows of stacked wood rest along the white-washed walls.
The streets are empty. A wooden carriage has been abandoned.
A few antique cars rest beside low-lying colonial home whose doors remain closed. One car has been transformed into a garden: it is a lovely mélange of the abiotic and the biotic, of the living and the dead.
The wind blows in from the Rio de Plata where a few gliding sail boats forefront the setting sun enveloping the horizon in layers of light.
Buenos Aires and its checkerboard-layout is 50 km away. Colonia’s design is organic, unpredictable and dynamic. Its curves reflects its crooked past.
Founded by the Portuguese in 1680, the town operated as a key smuggling center ferrying in contraband goods from the non-Spanish empires. The Spanish captured the town in 1762 and liberalized its trade policies in 1777.
None of this interests me at the moment.
I am enraptured by a scene along the cobbled Calle de los Suspiros. A series of pink and yellow adobe houses connect to one another; their paint is thinning. Lanterns hang just above the stucco-roofs which the fracturing light hits with a ferocious intensity. The street is old. A green shrub fronts each door. The houses sound empty. They weather history. They bleed beauty. They emanate energy.
We pass one final street. I stop in front of an adobe home with a façade of protruding brick and stone. It has a wooden door and iron-barred window. Behind the bars, three green plants collect sunlight; a lantern stays dark above the door. On the pavement, directly in front of the house, there is a pink and white motor scooter. It appears to be a child’s scooter.
There is something impeccable about the scene. Somehow it beautifully encapsulates my brief time in Colonia.
Everywhere there is evidence of life.
La Rambla of Montevideo is the most beautiful street in the city. It´s a walk around the edge of the Sea of Silver, and on Sundays and holidays everyone comes to gather there. It has beautiful buildings, especially stores and restaurants that everyone goes to on holidays. Montevideo is more expensive than Buenos Aires and much smaller. Without a doubt I´ll stick to Argentina.
Cabo Polonio is a resort in the Department of Rocha, Uruguay. You can not enter with your own vehicle, you have to sign for a few hours and know the spa entry and exit schedules. Here we found an interesting seal reserve. This resort is all natural not counting the electrical energy. It's a super relaxing resort in which everything is about keeping its natural state.
Visiting the old city of Montevideo is like traveling back in time. It has a special magic you can appreciate and admire as the Uruguayans fought to preserve their heritage and colony. This district is strikingly different from the rest of the city and can be entered through the door of the ancient citadel which is still standing.
This 4 star hotel offers a great complex of hotels that have terraces you can see the oceans from! There are also beautiful sunsets to enjoy an unforgettable holiday. The apartments are fully equipped with satellite tv, phone, and full kitchenettes. Its construction is reminiscent of Moorish and Greek architecture with 2 indoor swimming pools and open access to the first and second sun rooms above the sea and in one of the photos you can see the umbrellas and lounge chairs out on the lawn. You can do recreational activities like tennis, golf, water sports, hiking, going to the gym or having a therapeutic massage at the spa. You can also go on traditional tours. Among the places we can enconrar and enjoy in this Hotel, we [poi = 110,176] to Tavern The Green Ray [/ poi] all [poi = 110171] Casapueblo [/ poi] and dreamed [poi = 110173] Sunsets Casapueblo [/ poi] on the terraces in front and over the sea.
Centennial Stadium, one of the icons of Uruguayan football, where anyone would be impress for what it is and now what it looks like, as what matters is what happens inside. Something memorable for many Uruguayan soccer fans, where they play the best classic games between Nacional and Peñarol. Simply spectacular.
December 31st, 2010 I had the opportunity to see in the New Year with my Venezuelan family outside the Solis Theatre, an event which had been organized by owners of the Rara Avis restaurant and particularly by Mr. William Bazzan, and it was definitely a fantastic party. The atmosphere with people from several South American countries, music, fireworks, the great party favors and everything was brought to a fantastic close with a beautiful meal. Needless to say that I would love to repeat the experience. Soon I think I will go to enjoy the theatre, and I'm finding out what will be on in October 2011.
La Plaza de la Independencia is the boundary between the business center of Montevideo and the Ciudad Vieja (Old Town). The Government Palace and the statue of General Artigas, the father of the Uruguayan nation, can both be seen here. I think it´s a great place because you can see the mixture all of the different styles of the buildings surrounding the plaza.
Rodó Park is split into three parts, a playground with games for children, a playground for adults and a green area very close to the coast. The latter has fountains, passageways around lakes and lanterns plus a library in a castle by the lake. During summer, facing the castle you can see the people playing classical music and dancing ballet.
It is a neighborhood in the city of Montevideo, very close to the coast of the River Plata. The area has been called Buceo de la Luz since 1752 due to divers ve participated in the rescue of the cargo of a sunken ship. Currently it is called only Buceo. It grew a lot in the 20th century as a spa. Today it is a modern neighborhood, full of towers, buildings, offices and houses.
A Unique and mystical city in the world designed and constructed by one man: PIRIA FRANCISCO. Piriapolis is a seaside resort that is excellent, just 35 km from Punta del Este URUGUAY. It is visited throughout the year by tourists from around the world who take advantage of the beauty of this city, surrounded by nature, between hills, ocean and white sandy beaches, coupled with its restaurants and hotels for every taste ... but the warmth of its natives make Piriapolis an unforgettable stay. I want to return.
Punta del Este is one of those cities you don't want to leave, you just want to stay there permanently thanks to the beauty of its beaches and its sunsets. With good company and good wine you'll have a great time. Sitting oceanfront at a good restaurant savoring a delicious meal, you feel captivated.... Don't miss the opportunity to visit ....
Sacramento was the first Portuguese settlement in America. It was declared a World Heritage by site UNESCO in 1995. The colony of Sacramento was founded in 1680 by Manuel de Lobo and passed into Spanish hands in the reign of Philip V, the first Borbon king of Spain. Two hundred years ago it was a real ruin and in 1968 its recovery and restoration began, making it a true colonial gem. You have to walk through its streets and squares slowly savoring its flavor and if it is dark it's much better illuminated with yellow light lanterns which transport you to the seventeenth century. The colony has a lot of restaurants and cafes, but being a very touristy town they are not exactly cheap, but once in your life it's worth having dinner at one of their sites.
This is one of the most recognizable buildings in the city of Montevideo. Only a glance at it and it will grab your attention. Its got a very distinctive, and somewhat strange, style which is what makes it different. Perhaps it was the subject of much criticism from 20th century architecture reviewers. It's like a mixture of architectural styles, very well done by the way, in a single piece. Something very unusual and daring, but ultimately a great success. It opened in around 1925 and, at the time, it was the tallest building in South America thanks to its 27 floors and total of 95 meters. It is located on Avenida 18 de julio, right on Plaza de la Independencia, next to the entrance to the old citadel. It's one of the most photographed and studied buildings. Some days, I forget which ones, you can visit and explore the hundreds of huge, ornate rooms. The truth is that it is a building worth seeing and taking a picture of since it is practically the whole city. Its advantageous location has been a silent witness to the good and bad moments that have happened in the city. Its profile is part of it.
Just behind the Juan Manuel Blanes Museum, you'll find and authentic and surprising little Japanese garden complete with wooden bridges over ponds of water lilies. It's a great place for a moment of zen during your visit to Montevideo.
This place has had several names over the course of its existence the essence has always remained the same. It used to be called Ansina, then it was called small Montevideo, and now it is called De los suspiros. This small but "enormous" street in Colonia del Sacramento, near the information booth, is situated next to the lighthouse. It is a very small street, with huge paving stones surrounded by small houses and very, very old, almost colonial, in style. It is picture postcard perfect, beautiful and unique. And it honours it´s name very well. Here, when you enter, you sigh dreamily, you go back in time, to a time when there was no stress, no crowds or anything, just peace and quiet. This street is like a door, to define it in some way, to the past, where for a moment you forget everything. Yes, it is still an old street again, no doubt, but all that revolves around it make it different. At least, it has not lost its charm. Important: it is not in Rocha, it is a colony of Sacrameto
The artisans market is a place where you can find great work of designers, crafts and typical products of Uruguay. It is right in the centre and prices vary, some things are quite rare which are expensive and others that are good souvenirs to take home.
My last stop in Uruguay was Punta del Diablo, a site that will undoubtedly end up being very touristy. Today, though, the streets are full of sand instead of traveling people. 300 km from Montevideo, it´s near the border of Brazil. The sandy streets, restaurants and bars on the beach and the fishermen collecting their gear after selling what they have to restaurants, are all typical sights here. I watched all of these things while relaxing with a beer. Its permanent population is less than 1000 inhabitants but in the austral summer (December to February), that are added visitors. I was there at the end of March and it was a haven of peace. The beach is very nice and perfect for long walks with it´s dunes. There are several beaches perfect for surfing.