Last stop Uruguay

Trip Start Sep 19, 2009
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Trip End May 19, 2010


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Saturday, January 30, 2010

After yet more difficulty for Ben getting out of bed, we were back on our way to Montevideo – where we collected our bags, before heading straight onto Colonia del Sacramento; a cute city with cobbled streets, on the Rio de la Plata (River Plate). We arrived mid afternoon and spent the rest of our day walking around the small historic centre, tasting some fine Dulche de leche milkshakes (sooo good!) before watching the sun set over the river and dining in a restaurant on some excellent bife de chorizo while listening to live jazz… What a great evening!

Typically, the next day we awoke to rain and grey skies… booo. We decided to be a little lazy, and chill in the morning, catching up on some good TV watching time & giving Ben's back a bit more time to heal! When the rain did eventually clear up, we headed out to explore the town a little more. Luckily, it is quite small, so it didn’t take too long to see both the historic centre and the more modern town area (which was not so pretty!). We even ventured into a Portuguese museum, on the recommendation of our bibles, where we were expecting to find some very interesting old maps. However, we actually found the smallest, most boring museum with no maps at all, very disappointing!

After a lazy afternoon, and another spot of rain, we ventured up the lighthouse - which is bizarrely situated inland. We got some good views of the city below and also we think we could just about make out Buenos Aires, on the other side of the widest river in the world. We then watched yet another beautiful sunset over the river. Colonia is pretty by day, but by night is very romantic. All the restaurants have live music, from guitarists to singers to pianists and drummers, and all the streets are lit up with historic yellow lamps. We had dinner in a place called "the Drugstore", a very colourful and interesting restaurant, where a live drummer played along with music, very cool. This restaurant also had an old car in which you could eat your dinner in, so cool! Photos were a must!
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