The small soccer stadium in Colonia is surrounded by a concrete wall, with each partition curved like a giant can. Rather than leave a giant ugly concrete wall they have decorated it with murals.
Before our trip to Colonia I had read often that there were a number of old cars running around town. I went with the expectation it was a ‘mini Havana’, in reality there were few old cars and trucks, and most of those were parked in front of restaurants as advertising.
Still those that were there, including a number of VW Beetles, coupled with the street scenes, provided good photo ops.
We start however with one of the ‘fast ferries’ from Buenos Aires. These ferries can go up to 60 MPH.
With the tourist industry there were numerous places that rented golf carts and scooters, though most were not as cool as this one.
And with that we are headed on the ferry back to Buenos Aires – with the buildings of the city visible in the distance from 30 miles away.
The town of Colonia del Sacramento was founded in 1680 by the Portuguese in what was then a southern territory of Brazil. Over the next 140 years it changed hands numerous times between the Portuguese and the Spanish, always remaining an important port.
The historic district is designated by UNESCO as a World Site. Many of the cobblestone streets date from the 17th an 18th century.
The buildings, while not as old, are still very historic.
The Basilica dates from the early 1800s.
Nearby are the foundations of the buildings from the 1600s.
After visiting the church we continued our tour of the old town.
The lighthouse is situated next to a 17th century convent remains.
Portions of the original city wall remain, having been restored.
We ended our walk around town crossing through the gate that lead originally to a drawbridge.
As always when we visit a new city there is a collection of photos that don’t fit any particular category – thus becoming ‘Scenes of the City’.
No visit is complete without meeting some of the locals….
Montevideo has a massive amount of street art. While much of it, seemingly on every building, is just ‘scribbled tagging’, there are some really nice ones.
Montevideo, Uruguay is a city of approximately 1.3 million people, making up 1/3 of the entire population of the country. As the capital and economic center of Uruguay the city has a eclectic collection of architecture.
Since we arrived by the ‘fast ferry’ from Buenos Aires, the first building that greeted us was the Port Terminal Building.
The Municipal Theater and Museum of Art History is an impressive structure in the Cordon neighborhood.
Along the Avenida 18 July there are a number of impressive buildings leading you to Plaza Indepencia.
The most impressive is Palacio Salvo (also the feature photo). It was designed by Mario Palanti, who designed the Palacio Barolo in Buenos Aires. As a result their looks are very similar.
The Ciudadela Building is on the opposite end of Plaza Independencia from the Palacio Salvo. Designed by Raul Sichero and Ernesto Calvo and completed in 1958, it stands 90 meters high.
The Pablo Ferrando Building dates from 1917, serving as a library and coffee shop
The new Presidential Building is also along the Plaza Independencia.
The remains of Miguelete Prison. But fear not – it’s wings now host a contemporary art museum as well as a museum of natural history.
Scenes in Ciudad Vieja (the old city).
A few miles out of the old town you come to the World Trade Center of Montevideo.
This unique building is the Damaso Antonio Larranaga Zoological Museum.
As you reach Punta Gorda the mid rise apartments give way to single and duplex family homes.
We end our tour with the 1876 Punta Brava Lighthouse. It continues to serves it’s original use to this day.