Step back in time

Trip Start Sep 12, 2011
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Trip End Dec 20, 2011


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Monday, December 12, 2011

We moved on from La Paloma to the seaside resort of Piriapolis and it was a serious step back in time. It seemed like the remains of somewhere that was super cool and modern in its day and hasn´t been updated for yonks! Nice prom and yacht harbour with beautiful sunsets though. We had the delight of staying in the grounds of Piriapolis Town FC! Actually it wasn´t too bad a campsite but there was a mixture of weird noises from people pumping iron at the gym to these unidentified animals (Craig thought maybe frogs) which made the noise of a baby crying!

And back to the usual subject of food, we had some good meals here! One  of these was the worlds biggest and best milanesa neopolitana (which I think we have described before) - see image for details! It literally took 6 hours to digest. Crazy!

Another night, we wandered into the residential back streets to find a ´restaurant´ that we had heard did good seafood. . .and boy it did. Except it wasn´t your average restautant,in fact it was just some old guys house and he had converted his carport into a dining room! Fantastic! It was the old guy himself, Carlitos,who cooked up the fish right in front of you. He was dressed in chef whites with the shirt unbuttoned almost to his naval, priceless! Fish was washed down with cheap white wine...thanks Carlitos,your a legend!

From here, as a day trip, we visited Uruguay´s premier resort Punta Del Este. It is a city which sits right on this peninsula. On one half you have fancy high rises and the other you have millionaire´s row with mediterranian style mansions and ferrari´s. The contrast continues with one side of the peninsula offering sheltered swimmingand bathing where the sea meets the River Plato (Craig went for a dip obv) and then the other side is the atlantic which spews out massive waves which crash on the windswept beach.

The best part about our visit to Punta was that Craig thought that according to the guide books he was going to see beautiful women in bikini´s strolling around on the beach, when in fact, given it was midweek and out of season, all he got was old people and crinkly bums! Nae luck Craig!

The other things that Piriapolis brought was rain...all night long. Poor wee tent is soaked and has been put away for the last time this trip. Bye bye canvas, hello solid walls!

GL
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